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Getting Church out of fossil fuels

MANILA (SE): Father John Leydon, the co-convener of the Global Catholic Climate Movement and its local representative in The Philippines, made an appeal to Church organisations to divest themselves of their investments in the mining and fossil fuel industry.

“These divestments are an important step toward fulfilling the promise and the call of Laudato Si’ (Praise Be: On care for our common home),” Father Leydon said.

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A chilling reminder things are hotting up

The El Niño is causing damage to the Great Barrier Reef off Australia’s northern east coast in a manner that was predicted by Pope Francis in his encyclical, Praise Be: On care for our common home (Laudato Si’).








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An evolving value system

HONG KONG (UCAN): Increasing numbers of young people in Hong Kong are taking the road less travelled and shunning well-paid jobs in favour of low-paying careers in fields that work to protect and nourish the health of the environment, often much to the chagrin of their traditionally-minded parents.

It is not an easy road to follow, but they defend their choice saying that it helps to make the city more independent and pleasant to live in.

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Healthy living in unhealthy environment

HONG KONG (SE): Although it may not be strong enough to make you glow in the dark, a researcher in environmental and health care issues, Mamie Lau, said at a forum on July 31 that the atmosphere in which we live in Hong Kong today is plagued with radio activity and chemical toxins.

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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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The revelations of Kew Gardens

I vividly remember my first visit to Kew Gardens in London in the early 1980s. I was on my way to Ireland for a holiday after my first term as a missionary among the T’boli people in the highlands of south-eastern Mindanao in The Philippines.

I had enjoyed my time there learning their language, listening to their music, watching their intricate dances, observing their rituals and celebrations, especially around marriage.








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A polluted mind will pollute the land

HONG KONG (SE): Addressing pollution problems stemming from rapid economic development must go hand in hand with a change in social attitudes, a seminar organised by the Centre for Catholic Studies of the Chinese University of Hong Kong was told on April 15.

Gloria Chang Wan-ki, the campaign manager of Greenpeace Hong Kong, told the seminar that rapid economic development in China has resulted in a wide range of serious pollution problems.

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Supreme Court acts against environmental pests

MANILA (SE): The Supreme Court of The Philippines issued a Writ of Kalikasan (Writ of Nature) on June 21 in response to a request filed by residents of the Santa Cruz area of Zambales, ordering that the natural environment be protected against all destructive practices.

Father Daniel Resto, from Iba, said that at least five mining companies would be immediately affected.

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Thousands protest against new coal-fired power plant

MANILA (Agencies): Around 10,000 people from various Church groups, concerned citizens, and civil society organisations marched in Batangas City, The Philippines, on May 4 to call for a moratorium on new coal plants in the country.

Led by Archbishop Ramon Arguelles, from Lipa, the demonstrators demanded that the next administration cancel all proposed coal-fired projects and shift to renewable energy, according to a report of CBCP News.

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Mourning an indigenous leader

NEW YORK (SE): The worldwide Church has been asked to pray for the martyrs for the environment and on March 3, Berta Cáceres, from Honduras, was added to the ever-growing list of those who have lost their lives for their work in the defence of nature and the life-giving energy of God’s creation.

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