CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 17 August 2019

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Invitation to pray with your feet for the environment

HONG KONG (SE): “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens,” Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us.

The Hong Kong Interfaith Network is telling us that the coming four months are a season to share our hopes and fears about the environment and unite our voices for a strong and binding agreement at the United Nations (UN) gathering on climate change in Paris during December.

The network is also inviting people of all faiths and none to walk for the environment on September 28, the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, beginning at the Lotus Pond Monastery in Lantau at 10.30am.

It is a day to lift up local and human stories of climate change.

People worldwide are invited to walk for the environment as a way of praying with their feet for the health of everything that lives.

The day will begin with an overview given by the Asian Institute of Applied Buddhism including an introduction to the negotiations that will take place at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, titled, On the Road to Paris.

Those who wish are then invited to join a five-kilometre walk for the environment from the monastery down Ngong Ping to Shek Mun Kap along the old monastic pilgrimage way.

Along the way, the walk will be punctuated with input from experts on butterflies in Lantau, as well as the flora and fauna, and the fung shui woodland.

There will also be singing and music on the way down and explanations of the histories of the old Buddhist monasteries and temples along the pilgrimage way.

The Hong Kong network is led by members of Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, Bahá’í, Brahma Kumaris, Hindu and Sikh communities, as well as Judaism.

It was established in January 2015 in Hong Kong, to inspire and support the spiritual and moral imperative of interfaith action on climate change and to raise awareness on the important UN climate agreement.

Those who wish to attend are asked to register. There is no charge, but registration will help with the logistics and organisation. Advice is to bring your own water and lunch, wear walking shoes and no shorts, as they are not allowed in the temple grounds.

The network says, “Every step counts and we hope we can say to the world leaders gathered in Paris that we have, together, walked at least once around the world to show our concern about climate change. This is symbolically powerful and a beautiful way to illustrate the human upswell of concern about climate change.”

More information is available at www.peoplespilgrimage.org and registration on www.eventbrite.hk. 

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