Archive for Environmental awareness

Is the Official Catholic Church a Newcomer to Ecological Issues?

eco-1Pope Francis’s New Encyclical Laudato Si’―
Ando Isamu, SJ, staff member(Jesuit Social Center, Tokyo)
Social and Pastoral Bulletin issue: No. 184 / August 15th, 2015

Since 1993 thousands of scientists and representatives of all countries of the world have constantly been meeting to discuss global warming. Again, this year they will gather for the 21st time to negotiate common international measures concerning how to fight climate changes.

Listening to the cry of the earth

dscn1811Rachel recently spoke to Tania Dalton, who works in the CAFOD Latin America team, about her experience of meeting communities who are living closely with the earth in Nicaragua.

When I visited Nicaragua in February with our partner John XXIII Institute, I met José and his sister, Marcelina.  They showed me the family field where in the 1980s they had worked as children from 6am until 5pm, walking 4 kilometres there and back each time. José and Marcelina described how they worked the land without a plough and what they grew. I saw the tree they used to sit under to rest and to make a cup of coffee, and the stump of the tree José had felled to build his house.  Their whole lives were defined by the land.

Calling for an active caring and praising for our common home

Photo-in-the-Caring-for-the-Environment-articlePope Francis’ encyclical on the environment Laudato Si’ has won many hearts, as it speaks to the world of the realities of today, both in the context of environment and social justice. He reminds us consistently to draw in those who are in the margins, those who are excluded into the core of the discussions and the discourse on the environment and economics. For Pope Francis, the global environment and human environment either improve or deteriorate together.

Integral ecology: everything is connected

national_catholic_reporterIntegral ecology is a key concept in chapter four of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. It flows from his understanding that “everything is closely related” and that “today’s problems call for a vision capable of taking into account every aspect of the global crisis.”