EDITORIAL| Shaping the future of our planet

POPE FRANCIS, in his second encyclical Laudato Si’ (“Praise Be to You”) on the Care of Our Common Home shows deep concern on the precarious state of our environment as a result of human activities over the years affecting the poorest in the world.

This encyclical is not only addressed to the bishops of the Catholic faith, priests or religious leaders but to all people of the world, exhorting all to do something to stop or reverse the tide of destruction manking is heading towards in the next century.

He has five prime concerns on the environment: pollution and climate change; the issue of water; the loss of biodiversity; the decline in the quality of human life and the breakdown of society, and; global inequality.

With his strong preferential option for the poor and caring for the environment, he urged for “a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.”

He lauded efforts of ecological movements in surmounting obstacles and in raising awareness but he thinks more should be done. He said: “Regrettably, many efforts to seek concrete solutions to the environmental crisis have proved ineffective, not only because of powerful opposition but also because of a more general lack of interest.

He cites the throwaway culture that “quickly reduces things to rubbish.” No matter where we are located in the map, all of us are responsible in taking care of our home and we should act immediately on tearing the barriers that keep us from conserving, protecting and nourishing our common home.

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