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.
Ecojesuit recently spoke with Dr Xavier Savarimuthu, SJ, head of the Department of Environment Studies at Saint Xavier’s College Kolkata in India who organized the Saint Xavier’s Global Earth Summit IV last March 2015 and who shared the outcomes from the conference and the various water security concerns tackled during this year’s summit.
NEW YORK – There will be prayer vigils and pilgrimages, policy briefings and seminars, and sermons in parishes from the U.S. to the Philippines.
When Pope Francis releases his much-anticipated teaching document on the environment and climate change in the coming weeks, a network of Roman Catholics will be ready. These environmental advocates — who work with bishops, religious orders, Catholic universities and lay movements — have been preparing for months to help maximize the effect of the statement, hoping for a transformative impact in the fight against global warming.
The human community is intimately and intrinsically connected with the whole of Creation. We cannot thrive, nor in many cases survive, outside of healthy and diverse ecosystems. Yet the marked realities of global warming, loss of biodiversity, and the contamination and depletion of water and soil resources make it ever more clear that the path we are on is self-destructive and unsustainable.