By Leela Ramdeen, Chair, CCSJ & Director, CREDI. Visit rcsocialjusticett.org for our columns, media releases and more
“Our planet is a mother for all of us. We must hand it on to our children, cared for and improved, because it’s a loan they make to us” (Pope Francis).
Today, April 22, the world observes International Mother Earth Day. God’s plan for humanity is that we should protect the natural world which He created to sustain us. He wants us to enjoy the beauty of creation and to live in harmony with His creation. Each year, millions of people commit to be proactive stewards and advocates for the earth, to address ecological degradation that continues to impact all areas of our lives. But are we doing enough to turn back the tide? Are we Catholics acting on the teaching of our Church e.g. in Pope Francis’ encyclical:Laudato Si: on care for our common home? Do we understand that authentic integral human development is inextricably linked to ecological justice? In 2015 Pope Francis said:
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