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Church urged to generate less waste

HONG KONG (SE): Catholic organisations were urged to use less disposable products especially during its large-scale activities at a forum and Mass organised by the Catholic Messengers of Green Consciousness to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation at St. Vincent’s Chapel, Wong Tai Sin, on September 1.
 
The Mass also marked the Season of Creation from September 1 to October 4, when Christians around the world undertake to pray and take action for the benefit of creation.
 

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Will a wonder of nature be an environmental catastrophe?

It is one year since Pope Francis published the encyclical Praise Be: On care for our common home (Laudato Si’) on 18 June 2015 and much of the initial attention from politicians, economists and environmentalist centred on what he would say about climate change.

What he did say is expressed in paragraph 23. The pope was clear, saying, “Very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing, a disturbing warming of the climatic system.”








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About a lot more than climate change

Since Praise Be: On care for our common home (Laudato Si) was published on 18 June 2015, many people have been claiming that it was the climate change encyclical.

But even a cursory reading of the document makes it clear that it also deals with poverty, the destruction of biodiversity, the pollution of fresh water and the oceans, extractive industries and waste.








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Keeping the oceans full of life

 

Extinction of species is currently taking place across the globe and conservationists are making a tremendous effort to bring them back from the brink.








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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.

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Love our earth as our brothers and sisters

In early August, Pope Francis declared September 1 World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Despite the short notice, the Church did manage to respond.

Christianity has a rich history in loving the earth. It has always advocated the simple life. In his encyclical, Praise Be: Care for our common home (Laudato Si), Pope Francis explores the natural world and environmental protection from a community point of view.

He extends a moral invitation to all people to protect our common home.