Groups to march for ecological conversion

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QUEZON City, Oct. 3, 2015 – Climate advocates, ecological ministers, students, members of religious congregations, and of non-government organizations (NGOs) plan to hold a symbolic march on Oct. 4 to Quezon Memorial Circle as a way of sending across the message of ecological conversion.

“We want them [Filipinos] to be informed on the need for ecological conversion right now. We should do something, and we will start in our own homes. With that, we will make a difference,” said Br. Angelo Ace Cortez, OFM, in an interview.

He shared participants seek to live out the legacy of St. Francis of Assisi, whose feast day will coincide with the march.

Walking together

“We want to show the Philippines and the entire world how walking together can raise awareness on the environmental issues. This is also preaching like St. Francis,” Cortez added.

According to him, the march is an initiative of the Ecological Justice Interfaith Movement (EcoJIM) which is concretely responding to the invitation of Pope Francis to care for which he calls “our common home.”

“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,” said Cortez, who also serves as EcoJIM’s coordinator for National Capital Region (NCR), in an earlier report.

4 elements

The Franciscan brother shared participants are expected to assemble in four designated areas in Quezon City by 5:30 a.m. represented by the four traditional elements: air for emissions and air quality, fire for energy issues, water for water rights, and earth for land use issues.

Masses are to be celebrated concurrently in different assembly points starting at 6:00 a.m.

Fr. Edu Gariguez, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Phillipines – National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice, and Peace (CBCP – NASSA), confirmed he will preside over the Eucharistic celebration at the Chapel of the Holy Sacrifice, University of the Philippines (UP)-Diliman.

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 questions and other concerns, interested parties may call (02) 373-2973 or email the organizers at ecojim.sect@gmail.com. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)

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