MANILA, June 1, 2015— Calamity and disaster preparedness starts from one’s concern for others and the environment, said Caritas Internationalis President Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.
According to the prelate, along with disaster preparedness, proper management of environment goes a long way in reducing the risks associated with typhoons and other calamities.
“The most valuable preparation is taking care of the environment and taking care of our fellowmen even if there are no typhoons or earthquakes coming our way,” Tagle told Radio Veritas in Filipino.
He added that indifference to others and to the environment is a “big hindrance” to disaster preparedness.
“Love the environment, it is from God and love others because your fellowman is the summit of the Lord’s creation,” he explained.
“That’s why hopefully, it’s not just relief goods that are prepared…That’s also important. But true preparation is needed everyday when it comes to the environment and others,” Tagle added in Filipino.
The cardinal is among the leading church’s advocates against climate change.
He said that taking of the environment is a Christian responsibility and campaign to address the effects of climate change should be supported by actions. (CBCPNews)