ucanews.com reporter, ManilaUpdated: September 02, 2019 05:29 AM GMT
Young Filipino Catholics launch "Laudato Si' Generation," a global youth movement that works to address the impact of climate change, in Manila on June 22. (Photo by Mark Saludes)
Hundreds of young Filipinos have declared their intention to join a global movement that aims to call attention to environmental problems around the world.On June 22, church leaders in Manila launched the local counterpart of the "Laudato Si' Generation," a global youth movement that works to address the impact of climate change.Launched during World Youth Day celebrations in Panama in January, the global youth movement has called on church and political leaders to take climate change seriously.Father Edwin Gariguez, executive secretary of the social action arm of the Philippine Catholic bishops’ conference, said the young "have the power to change the fate of the world."The priest said the movement is a response to a growing global campaign to engage young people in the protection of the "Common Home." Global Catholic Climate Movement said the establishment of the youth initiative in the Philippines is "very significant" because the country is vulnerable to the impact of harsh weather conditions. Father Leydon said people also listen to the youth because they look "into the future."Archbishop Rolando Tirona of Caceres, national director of Caritas Philippines, called on the youth "to protect the environment by building relationships.""We have to understand our relationship with nature, with our neighbors and with God who gave the world to us as a gift," the prelate told the gathering."Tell the world that we have to protect our Common Home," added Archbishop Tirona.