QUEZON City, Sept. 23, 2015 – In a bid to call attention to the urgent need for ecological conversion, climate justice advocates from various faith communities plan to hold an ecological march on the forthcoming feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Oct. 4.
“We would like to invite you and your group to join us in our march for ecological justice. Let us make this as our way of expressing our gratitude to the Holy Father for Laudato Si’ and for visiting the Philippines when we ourselves have suffered the effect of climate change due to Typhoon Yolanda,” shared Br. Angel Ace Cortez, OFM, EcoJIM’s coordinator for National Capital Region (NCR).
Inspired by the message of the encyclical, the movement was initiated by Catholic religious along with other mainline Christians in the wake of a national conference they attended at the Asilo de San Vicente de Paul in July, which placed the integrity of creation, human rights, and climate justice at the center of the discussion.
According to him, the march is a concrete response of the recently formed Ecological Justice Interfaith Movement (EcoJIM) to the invitation of Pope Francis to care for the planet, which he calls “our common home.”
“As you very well know, the Holy Father Pope Francis has issued an encyclical “Laudato Si” to encourage all of us to care for our common home – Mother Earth. This coming Oct. 4, 2015, Feast of St. Francis, EcoJIM, together with various religious groups, will hold an ‘Eco-march’ to dramatize its call for ecological justice,” Cortez explained.
The “Poor Man of Assisi” is considered the patron saint of ecologists.
The Franciscan brother shared participants are expected to assemble in four designated areas in Quezon City by 5:30 a.m., each of which represent one of the four traditional elements: earth, wind, water, and fire.
Masses are to be celebrated simultaneously in the assembly points starting at 6:00 a.m.
All participants are to converge later at the Quezon Memorial Circle at 8:00 a.m..
The assembly points for the eco-walk and the contact person in each are as follows:
West = Water
- St. Mary’s College Quezon City, Scout Reyes St., Diliman, Quezon City
- Mylene Saluta (0917-5251-463)
East = Fire
- Parish of the Holy Sacrifice, Apacible St., University of the Philippines – Diliman
- Khevin Yu (0917 5213 356)
North = Air
- St. Vincent School of Theology, 221 Tandang Sora, Quezon City
- Fr. Cristino Pine, CFM (0917-3196-822)
South = Earth
- Stella Maris College, Cubao, Quezon City
- Emmanuel Amistad (995-02-46)
For inquiries and other concerns, interested parties are requested to call (02) 373-2973 or email the organizers at email@example.com. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)