Tagle to lead ‘walk for climate’

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MANILA, September 18, 2014— The Archdiocese of Manila is bringing its fight against the climate change to the street.

No other than Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle will lead the “Walk for Climate” to bring attention to climate change after the 6:30 a.m. holy mass at the Manila Cathedral on Friday, Sept. 19.

According to Peachy Yamsuan of the Archdiocesan Office of Communications of the Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM), the activity highlights the “Season of Creation” campaign in the Ecclesiastical Province of Manila composed of an archdiocese and 11 suffragan dioceses from September 1 to October 4.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle signs a petition against the Manila Bay reclamation project during a "Season of Creation" event at the Baclaran Church on September 1, 2014. (Baclaran Multimedia)

From the cathedral, the walk will first stop at the Sta. Cruz Church and will proceed to other churches in the city, in a relay manner: St. Vincent de Paul in San Marcelino, San Fernando de Dilao in Paco, St. Joseph the Worker in Palanan, Santa Clara de Montefalco in Pasay. It will end at the Baclaran Church.

The archdiocese’s office of communications said the event is in solidarity with the Global March for Climate, “and is a call for urgent action against climate change”.

The walk’s parish stations will carry messages on the environment, calling on the government to take urgent steps to reduce climate risk by stopping the use of coal plants for energy generation, and by stopping aggressive and destructive developments such as reclamations, agricultural land conversions, and mining.

Aside from Tagle, bishops and priests of the ecclesiastical province will celebrate the holy mass and join the walk along with environment officials from the government led by Philippine Climate Change Commissioner Naderev “Yeb” Saño.

The Season of Creation, which RCAM first observed in 2013, aims to implement programs that will emphasize the importance of creation as a “priceless gift of the Almighty and Loving Creator who has made us into his own image and likeness.

The Ecclesiastical Province of Manila is composed of the Archdiocese of Manila, the Dioceses of Malolos, San Pablo, Imus, Antipolo, Novaliches, Cubao, Caloocan, Parañaque, Pasig and the Apostolic Vicariates of Puerto Princesa and Tanay. (CBCPNews/ Raymond A. Sebastián)

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