By Christina Hermoso
Hundreds of young Filipinos expressed their willingness to protect and preserve the environment as they joined the recent launching of the “Laudato Si Generation,” the branch of the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) for the youth.
Columban Fr. John Leydon of GCCM Philippines said, the local chapter is the response of young Filipinos to the global call “to move young people for the earth. We need the youth. The planet needs the youth. Without the youth, nothing’s going to happen,” Leydon said in a Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines News post.
“People will listen to the youth because they are looking into the future,” added Leydon who said the creation of Laudato Si Gen – Philippines is necessary “because the country is one of the world’s most vulnerable places to climate change.”
Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona, head of Caritas Philippines, presided over the mass during the launching held at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City. The event coincided with the fourth anniversary of ‘Laudato Si,’ Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment.
“Get involved in advocacies especially on the one which is so important to the heart of God – love, care, and protection of Mother Nature,” Tirona said in his homily.
Launched during the World Youth Day in Panama in January, the global youth movement calls on the Church and governments to take action against climate change. The movement has thousands of members worldwide between the ages of 15 to 30.