Each of us can make a positive difference by stepping up and doing our best / Becoming Planet Citizens
July 5 - 6, 2018
Nearly three years after the publication of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on the care for our common home, the Pontiff’s prophetic words continue to ring in our ears:
- “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?” (LS, 160)
The inspiration to care for our common home ultimately springs from our faith that the natural world is God’s creation entrusted to our care.
- The ultimate challenge of Laudato Si' is to act... to inspire a “massive movement” for the care of our imperiled common planetary home. The Conference... brings together representatives of the civil society, religions, churches, scientists, politicians, economists, grassroots movements, et al., in short “all people of good will”, to dialogue and act together.
News / from the Laudato Si' conference / Via UPI
"The pace of consumption, waste and environmental change has so stretched the planet's capacity that our contemporary lifestyle, unsustainable as it is, can only precipitate catastrophes," Pope Francis said Friday. "There is a real danger that we will leave future generations only rubble, deserts and refuse."
The pope referred to this year's COP24 environmental summit, set for Poland in December, saying discussions there could be significant for the path set out by the 2015 Paris agreement, which set stringent standards to restrict carbon emissions and other greenhouse gases.
"We all know that much still needs to be done to implement that agreement. All governments should strive to honor the commitments made in Paris, in order to avoid the worst consequences of the climate crisis," the pope said. "Reducing greenhouse gases requires honesty, courage and responsibility, above all on the part of those countries which are more powerful and pollute the most.
"We cannot afford to waste time."
Pope Francis said the world now has too many special interests, and economic interests can easily trump the common good.
"Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start. Please continue to work for the radical change which present circumstances require," he said.
In closing, the pontiff looked to Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint for the environment, for inspiration.
"May our struggles and our concern for this planet never take away the joy of our hope."
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