MANILA, Nov. 12, 2015— With Paris Summit just around the corner, the Philippine Catholic bishops offered some ways for the people to implement and initiate a big change that could save the planet.
These are 15 concrete steps to combat climate change which, according to experts, is already starting to worsen.
In a statement entitled “On Climate Change: Understand, Act Pray”, CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas called on the faithful to act against the global warming.
He particularly urged the parishes, Catholic schools, and the youth to support the resolution of the National Climate Change Commission of the Philippines to reduce the national carbon emissions by 70 percent by 2030.
So what can you do to take action?
1. Grow a tree
2. Switch off and unplug
3. Good bye plastic
5. Reduce, reuse and recycle
6. No to burning of wastes
7. Promote renewable energy
8. Bring your own tumbler
9. Use energy efficient appliances
10. Walk, bike or carpool
11. Recycle electronics and batteries
12. Environmental and energy awareness
13. Save water: use pails, dippers, and cups
14. Think before you print
15. Support earth products
Villegas said such actions by the faithful are vital as called for by Pope Francis through his encyclical, “Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home”.
According to him, it is a powerful document that has caught the attention of people throughout the globe.
“Its multi-layered message urges all to come together to care for our earth, our common home,” noted Villegas.
More than 100 world leaders are expected to gather in Paris for the international climate negotiations and forge a global climate change deal next month.
The CBCP head emphasized the urgency of addressing climate change before it is too late.
“The urgency is clear. Global warming, caused by the way we human beings use this planet, is no longer disputable,” he added. (R. Lagarde / CBCPNews)