OUR COMMON HOME
This day aims to create a common awareness of the problems of overpopulation, pollution, the conservation of biodiversity and other environmental concerns. It is a day to pay tribute to our planet and recognize Earth as our home.
And Pope Francis urges all the world’s Catholics and people of good will to take urgent action against the injustice of climate change and the ecological crisis. Seeks to protect the poor and future generations. His encyclical letter Laudato Si ‘is a compelling call to care for our common home, Earth, drawing on a long history of Catholic teaching.
During this month, steps have been taken in the Church:
- On June 18, 2020, the Vatican issued its first set of comprehensive environmental guidelines. These guidelines frame investing in fossil fuels as an ethical choice, along with other important ethical decisions.
- On the weekend of April 9-11, the Global Meeting for Just Recovery took place, bringing together climate activists and leaders.
- Also, the MCMC participated with a panel on Catholics Facing Climate Change at a Global Level, stating that in the face of the current problem “we are all called to act”.
- And, the first week of April, the Pope has sent a letter to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund requesting a Covid-19 recovery plan that allows “generating new, more inclusive and sustainable solutions to support the real economy, helping the individuals and communities ”.
- In Spain, on Monday April 12, the first store “Moda re” opened, which promotes the circular economy. It is an initiative of Cáritas, with the aim of generating textile recycling and at the same time, generating jobs. It is located in Urgell, Catalonia.
- On the other hand, in the face of the crisis in the Amazon, the Pan-Amazon Ecclesial Network, together with other indigenous and ecclesial allied organizations, will hold a Climate Forum for the Amazon this Thursday, April 15. Its purpose is to answer the question: “What should be the US plan to support the protection of the Amazon?” Topics such as the exploitation of resources and deforestation, to the protection of peoples, biodiversity and the impact of Covid-19 will be discussed, as well as the role that some states hope to play.
But beyond that, the daily challenge of living celebrating the diversity of life, committing ourselves to our common home.