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Davao hopes climate change lessons will reach kids, grassroots

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The Ascension of the Lord Parish in GSIS Heights in Matina, Davao City has put up an organic vegetable garden, small poultry and fish pond, Laudato Si Garden, named after the pope’s recent encyclical. (Photo: ASAC Davao)

DAVAO City, Nov. 17, 2015 —The Archdiocesan Social Action Center (ASAC) of Davao hopes that the lessons of climate change will trickle down to the younger generation and the grassroots.

Sr. Ma. Marissa Arado, TDM, coordinator of ASAC Davao said she has observed that not everyone has understood the issue of climate change even if Pope Francis himself has spoken about this concern through his encyclical Laudato Si.

“We need to strengthen our efforts to increase their awareness about this issue. We have already experienced typhoons and other natural calamities. We should not wait until another disaster will strike our city before we act on Climate Change,” stressed Arado.

Children are taught about simple, everyday ways on how to care for the environment. (Photo: ASAC Davao)

60,000 signatures

With the Global Catholic Climate Movement partnering with different dioceses in the Philippines including the Archdiocese of Davao in gathering at one million signatures to petition the world leaders who will meet in Paris in December to respond to climate change, she realized that there is a need to increase the awareness of young people and the people at the grass-roots level.

Though only 60,000 signatures have been gathered from the Archdiocese of Davao, they are still hopeful the leaders of the different countries will act with urgency to reduce carbon emissions that worsen global warming.

Members of the Parish Social Action Ministry (PSAM) gathered the said signatures from the Basic Ecclesial Communities of the 37 parishes in the archdiocese and several Catholic schools in the city.

“The poor and the children are the ones mostly affected during calamities. I hope our leaders will be more proactive in this issue especially that natural calamities are inevitable,” she added.

Simple acts of concern

Arado suggested that parents can teach their children to care for their environment by conserving electricity and water, specifically training them to switch off lights and close faucets when not in use.

“We are living in this generation that is literally power hungry. We should educate the children not to own too

many gadgets that require power. At least we should also tell them not to overcharge their gadgets,” she said, explaining that a higher demand for electricity means more carbon emissions in the atmosphere.

She said some parishes are walking their talk about caring for environment by putting up their own organic gardens to encourage parishioners to do the same.

The Ascension of the Lord Parish in GSIS Heights in Matina, Davao City has put up an organic vegetable garden, small poultry and fish pond, Laudato Si Garden, named after the pope’s recent encyclical.

Parish priest, Fr. Leonardo Dublan, Jr. is also the director of ASAC.

Another parish, the St. Francis of Assisi Parish in La Verna, Buhangin, Davao City has also put up an organic vegetable garden in front of the parish church for consumption and for selling to parishioners. (John Frances C. Fuentes / CBCP News)


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