QUEZON City, Nov. 23, 2015 – The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines expresses support for the “March for Climate Justice Philippines” on Nov. 28 with its call to protect what Pope Francis considers “our common home” in line with the “Global Day of Action for Climate Justice.”
Organized by the Ecological Justice Interfaith Movement (EcoJIM), of which NASSA/Caritas Philippines is a co-convenor, the “eco march” seeks to be a show of solidarity with people affected by climate disasters and non-sustainable projects that affect the environment, and with all who believe, promote, and live out the message of the Holy Father’s the latest encyclical, Laudato Si’.
1 aim, 6 themes
According to the Philippine Church’s social and humanitarian arm, the event will have six assembly points at the six major avenues that lead to the Quezon City Memorial Circle—North Avenue, Quezon Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue, Kalayaan Avenue, Visayas Avenue, and East Avenue—each with its own theme, as follows:
• Justice and Reparations for Affected People
• Protect our Common Home
• Food, Land, and Water
• Cut it deep, Cut it now
• Jobs and Just transition
• Energy Transformation
Each point is to be represented by a particular sector.
NASSA/Caritas Philippines shared that the assembly point for the Church network will be at St. Mary’s College, Scout Reyes corner Mother Ignacia St., Quezon City, where Holy Mass will be celebrated at 7 a.m. right before the march to QC Memorial Circle to join the other contingents.
It added that a program is set to follow until around noon.
It further invites the nationwide Social Action Network and its mission partners to take part in the event, requesting them to send news and photos of similar activities in their arch/dioceses. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)