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Why this Matters: Spiritual leaders across faiths have been taking a stand against climate change. On November 16th, 2020, 47 faith institutions— 42 representing Catholics— announced their divestment from fossil fuels. Meanwhile, The Vatican has nearly eliminated single-use plastic, recycles most of its trash, and makes its own compost for its gardens. The Laudato Si initiative will work on developing sustainable practices for families, parishes, and diocese, schools and universities, hospitals and other health care facilities, businesses, lay Catholic organizations, and orders of priests and nuns.
A Seven-Year Journey
Pope Francis explained that the initiative is “a seven-year journey that will see our communities committed in different ways to becoming totally sustainable, in the spirit of integral ecology.” The Laudato Si program had prioritized reducing wasteful, unsustainable lifestyles and fought for environmental justice, protecting the poor from the worst of climate disasters.
Francis said: “These wounds (to the planet) manifest themselves dramatically in an ecological crisis without precedent, which affects the ground, the air, water and, in general, the ecosystem in which human beings live. We have a great responsibility, especially with regard to the future generations. What world do we want to leave to our children and our young? Our selfishness, our indifference and our irresponsible ways are threatening the future of our children.”
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