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Philippine bishop calls for reflection during Earth Hour

Event is a way to remember we are all stewards of the environment, says Archbishop Ledesma

Updated: March 23, 2017 08:34 AM GMT
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Philippine bishop calls for reflection during Earth Hour

Archbishop Antonio Ledesma of Cagayan de Oro (second from right) joins farmers during a demonstration calling for the implementation of agrarian reform in this 2014 file photo. (Photo by Jimmy Domingo)


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A bishop in the southern Philippines calls for reflection on Laudato si’, Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, during the observance of Earth Hour on March 25.

"Earth Hour is a very good way to remember that we are all stewards of the environment," said Archbishop Antonio Ledesma of Cagayan de Oro.

Using the simple action of turning off lights for 60 minutes to deliver a powerful message about the need for decisive climate change solutions, Earth Hour has grown in the past decade from a symbolic switch-off event in Sydney.

The Philippines has been championing the switch-off since 2008 and has topped global participation records from 2009 to 2012, earning the country the title of "Earth Hour Hero Country." 

Archbishop Ledesma said those who will observe Earth Hour can reflect on the environment as "a gift from God," that people are asked to be "stewards of the gift," and the environment is "meant for all generations."

"Also we can reflect that the church herself is also for integral human development," said the prelate, adding that part of the church's role is "to take care of our relationship ... with God [and] creation."



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