No. 920 Diocese of Marbel, Philippines 20 March 2017
- EARTH HOUR
- Earth Hour is a movement organized by World Wide Fund (WWF) for nature (Wikipedia).
- Earth Hour is the hour from 8:30p.m. to 9:30p.m. every last Saturday of March when people all over the world switch off unnecessary lights in their homes, business establishments and even in landmarks.
- This practice started in Sydney, Australia in 2007/2008 in order to conserve energy and promote awareness about environmental issues (Wikipedia).
- Earth Hour aims to make people aware of the urgency to mitigate global warming and climate change and to take the necessary steps to make our planet a better place to live in.
- Global Warming/climate change has been causing deaths in several countries (human and non-human); droughts here and abroad; natural calamities; famine and diseases. People suffer, specially the poor.
- People cause global warming/climate change: burning of fossil fuels; deforestation; mining, etc.
- People must solve global warming/climate change.
- We Are responsible to God who commands us to “cultivate and take care” of the garden – our planet Earth (cf. Gen. 2: 15); and responsible to the present and future generations.
- Let us listen, understand and obey God’s will.
- Let us join the movement – the Earth Hour: no unnecessary lights from 8:30p.m. to 9:30p.m. on 25 March 2017.
Let us pray with Pope Francis:
“God of love, show us our place in the world as channels of your love.”
“Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good,
advance the weak,
and care for this world in which we live.”
(“A Christian prayer in union with creation”, in “Laudato Si’” 2015, p. 180).
+DINUALDO D. GUTIERREZ, D.D.
Bishop of Marbel
18 March 2017