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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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Meat eating tigers and people

In his encyclical, Praise Be: On care for our common home (Laudato Si’) Pope Francis reminds us, “Our sister (planet earth) now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will” (No.2).








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Inactive awareness of environment not a help

HONG KONG (UCAN): The results of a survey released in early February highlight a disparity between theory and practice in caring for the environment in Hong Kong.

While the survey reveals that Hong Kong people generally agree they have to think about the next generation and look after the environment, far fewer believe they must consume less.

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Endangered species can get a second chance

One of the great strengths of the encyclical, Praise Be: On care of our common home (Laudato Si), is its extensive treatment of the importance of biodiversity. Before the publication of the encyclical there had been little writing on biodiversity in Catholic social teaching.








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If you love the environment you better watch your back

DAVAO (UCAN): The Church is warning environmental advocates to watch their backs, as they have again become the target of the mining company goons in recent weeks. Father Edwin Gariquez said on February 2 that the worst of it is that the government is not doing anything to prevent the murders or bring those responsible to justice.

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Chinese villages can be like rubbish dumps

BEIJING (UCAN): During the three-day red pollution alert in Beijing from December 8 to 10, the government placed limits on use of cars, operations at factories and construction sites were suspended or scaled back, and schools closed.

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The pope is faithful to the watch

In his encyclical, Praise Be: On Care for our common home (Laudato Si’), Pope Francis applauds current efforts to “substitute fossil fuel and develop sources of renewable energy… and to develop adequate storage capacity” (No.26).








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Shopping green and shopping smart

With Christmas in the air, the old topic of frenzied seasonal shopping is back on the script. The time to be jolly has become a retailers’ delight over recent decades, with delusional specials on offer and all sorts of goodies on display especially designed to make it a special time for loved ones—to say nothing of clients and prospective customers.








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Walking on the earth for the earth

HONG KONG (SE): “Meeting with these groups reminded us of the central dimension of our journey,” Yeb Saño, a former Philippine negotiator to the Conference of Parties on Climate Change, who is currently heading a people’s pilgrimage from Rome to Paris, said as his caravan of travellers was welcomed in Geneva after crossing from Italy into Switzerland.

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