Lent 2016 Seed Pledge
For the “make-a-pledge” part of Lenten Campaign 2016, and in line with Laudato Si (Encyclical on the Environment by Pope Francis), I hereby pledge to:
– Grow plants wherever possible; and
– Recycle, Reuse and Reduce as much as possible.
How does Climate Change affect Malaysia?
As a result of persistent climate change, Malaysians would face many serious challenges: harsh agricultural, social, economic and environmental realities, including the following:
- Reduction in crop yield
- Threat to national food security
- Land flooding & abandonment
- Reduction of water availability
- Higher frequency of floods & flood damage
- Overuse of pesticides
- Loss of habitats
- Loss of biodiversity
What is our responsibility as Catholics in facing Climate Change?
Catholic Social Teaching: One of the seven key themes of Catholic Social Teaching is the Care for God’s Creation, which reminds us of our duty to cultivate and care for the gift of Creation.
Future of God’s Creation: Our Creator has given us the gift of creation; the air we breathe, the water that sustains life, the fruits of the land that nourish us, and the entire web of life without which human life cannot flourish. We believe our response to global climate change should be a sign of our respect for God’s creation. At its core, global climate change is not about economic theory or political platforms, nor about partisan advantage or interest group pressures. It is about the future of God’s creation and the one human family. It is about protecting both the human environment and the natural environment. (www.usccb.org)
Poor & Vulnerable: The Catholic Church brings a distinct perspective to climate change by lifting up the moral dimensions of this issue and the needs of the most vulnerable among us. As Catholics, our faith calls us to care for all of God’s creation, especially the ‘least of these.’ Of particular concern to the Church is how climate change and the response to it will affect poor and vulnerable people. (www.catholicclimatecovenant.org)
What can we do about Climate Change?
Action on climate change could be achieved at two levels: as an individual, and as a citizen.
As an individual in a community setting
- Buy goods that are minimally packaged
- Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce items such as paper, plastic, glass, metal, etc.
- Eat less meat, poultry and fish
- Buy more local products
- Read newspapers online.
- Plant trees in community spaces, like parks
- Practice carpooling
- Promote waste separation
- Promote more local products
- Use social media for promoting awareness of climate change issues.
- Promote a paperless office
- Use public transport, carpool or walk more to work
- Reduce travelling and use more digital technology for office meetings.
- Encourage homilies on link between Faith and climate change reduction
- Promote inter-faith activities on climate change issues
- Self-regulate by monitoring activities contributing to climate change at parish level.