The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines issued on 5 November 2008 the Pastoral Letter “Upholding the Sanctity of Life”.
In 1988 the CBCP issued a pastoral letter regarding our environment.
Since 1988 3 new threats to environment have surfaced: (a) irresponsible mining; (b) illegal logging and (c) global warming and climate change.
Over the years mining companies have systematically engaged in the rape of Mother Earth and left a legacy of impoverished communities and environmental despoliation. Example: Lafayette Mining Industries in Rapu-Rapu, Albay. Moratorium on mining activities until the government and the mining companies learn to uphold the rights of indigenous peoples, compensate the affected communities for past damages, and ensure responsible mining practices.
Illegal and destructive logging largely contribute to the decimation of forest resources which causes loss of biodiversity instability and massive erosions of upland soils, serious damage to our rivers and underground fresh water ecosystems, and coastal areas. Total commercial log ban. Rehabilitate and reforest logged over areas.
Global warming and climate change to affect 16 regions in the Philippines, 20 provinces and more than 700 municipalities. Manila, Cebu and Davao will be of great risk. Coal powered electric plant causes pollution and contributes to the changing climate. Wind and solar energies, water and geothermal resources offer healthier and less destructive options.
Education on the protection of the environment. Eliminate wasteful consumption. True stewardship benefits all.
Source: Communication from the Bishop (No. 514, 18 December 2008)