[Statement] GCCM- Pilipinas celebrates the one year anniversary in the midst of myriad challenges to faith in action

To protect creation, to protect every man and every woman, to look upon them with tenderness and love, is to open up a horizon of hope; it is to let a shaft of light break through the heavy clouds; it is to bring the warmth of hope! – Pope Francis Homily at his inauguration, March 19, 2013

Photo by GCCM

Photo by GCCM

Two years after, the Holy Father gave flesh to this love and hope through the landmark encyclical Laudato Si.

GCCM- Pilipinas celebrates the one year anniversary in the midst of myriad challenges to faith in action.

Laudato Si calls for conversation and conversion to protect our common home. No meaningful conversation can be achieved that does not lead to conversion – to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.

Indeed the road to conversion is strewn with many obstacles. Mammon entices us with the lust for profit, the insatiable desire to accumulate power and privilege, to worship at the altar of greed.

We are witnesses to the wanton destruction of our forests, rivers and seas. Extractive industries have laid barren hectare upon hectare of our fragile ecosystem. Dirty energy such as coal has polluted the air we breathe. Illegal logging, rapid urbanization has led to unprecedented deforestation. Climate change now threatens the existence of all of creation. The effects of El Nino/La Nina increasingly become more vicious and devastating with each passing year.

Our God of all Creation did not destine us to be destroyers of the earth our common home. Upon our shoulders rests the responsibility of being good stewards of creation.

GCCM-Pilipinas calls on all Christians and people of goodwill to embrace the teachings of Laudato Si by making radical and moral shifts/choices in our way of thinking, doing and living to reverse the tide of destruction for the sake of our generation and the generations to come.

GCCM-Pilipinas recognizes the high marks President-elect Rodrigo Duterte got in the Green Thumb Coalition survey of presidential candidates. We remain hopeful policy changes will be done on the issues of extractive industries, energy, forestry, land use and the like.
GCCM-Pilipinas asks the new administration under President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to make the cause of the environment a benchmark of his leadership. Laudato Si highlights a need for a “conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.” (LS 14) We ask everyone to actively take part in this conversation for the protection of our common home.

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