The Pope’s letter speaks poignantly to us in our present time and place. Last year, Cambodia ranked first in the world for the highest rate of forest loss between 2001 and 2014, with the effect of this “suffered by the poorest,” especially the indigenous communities of the northeast. Our cities, such as Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, are developing rapidly, yet more and more are socially excluded, many have no voice against the rich and powerful who take advantage of them, and it is doubtful whether our economic growth leads to “integral development and an improvement in the quality of life” for the common Cambodian.
Archive for Laudato Si’ – Response
The latest issue (volume 54 no 4) of The Way has been published and is available now. Each issue has one article made freely available. This month’s is from Pedro Walpole: Do Not Be Afraid: Laudato Si’ and Integral Ecology
Writing from the perspective of Asia Pacific, Pedro Walpole sees in Laudato si’ a call to restore a sense of what is enough to human living, avoiding unsustainable over-consumption. One way to foster this is to deepen the bonds of solidarity between people living in different parts of the world. To live in this way will require a change of outlook that ultimately spirituality alone can promote and support.
Loyola University Chicago will host a day-long colloquium dedicated to exploring and reacting to Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’, on Wednesday, September 9 at the University’s Lake Shore Campus. The event, “Caring for our Common Home: Conversations on Ecology and Justice,” precedes Pope Francis’s September visit to the United States and celebrates Loyola’s continued commitment to sustainability.
At 10am on Saturday 29th August fifteen cyclists, including everything from students to priests to pensioners, set out on Phase 1 of the London-Paris Pilgrimage for the Climate. Their pilgrimage takes them 100 miles from Westminster Cathedral to Newhaven, following the Avenue Verte- the Green Way linking London and Paris.
Phase 2 will start at Dieppe in November and follow the Avenue Verte for 130 miles to Paris to join in meetings, lobbies and rallies during the UN Paris Climate Change Conference to push for an international decision to save our planet from further global warming.