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Young Filipinos join global effort to fight nature’s woes

MANILA (UCAN): On June 22, Church leaders in Manila, the Philippines, launched the local counterpart of the Laudato Si’ Generation, a global youth movement that works to address the impact of climate change.
 
Hundreds of young Filipinos have their intention to join the movement that aims to call attention to environmental problems around the world.
 
Launched during World Youth Day celebrations in Panama in January, the Laudato Si’ Generation has called on Church and political leaders to take climate change seriously.
 
Father Edwin Gariguez, executive secretary of the National Secretariat for Social Action, the advocacy and social development arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said the young “have the power to change the fate of the world.”
 
He said the movement is a response to a growing global campaign to engage young people in the protection of the Common Home.
 
Columban Father John Leydon, of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, said the establishment of the youth initiative in the Philippines is “very significant” because the country is vulnerable to the impact of harsh weather conditions.
 
Father Leydon said people also listen to the young people because they look “into the future.”
 
Archbishop Rolando Tirona of Caceres, national director of Caritas Philippines, called on young people “to protect the environment by building relationships.”
 
The archbishop told those gathered at the launch, “We have to understand our relationship with nature, with our neighbours and with God who gave the world to us as a gift.” the prelate told the gathering.
 
Archbishop Tirona said, “Tell the world that we have to protect our Common Home.” 
 
Luis Cardinal Tagle of Manila, had earlier called on young Filipinos to join the movement and be oriented with the need to care for the environment.
 
“Let us take care of our environment and the world we live in which will be inherited by the future generation,” he said.
 
The Laudato Si’ Generation is set to stage an international “climate strike” to call for “radical decisions to reverse global warming” on September 20.
 
The global Catholic youth movement already has thousands of members worldwide, primarily aged between 15 to 30-years-old. It  holds regular webinars and members can join working groups focused on outreach, spirituality, communication and advocacy.

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