We know people in Pasifika nations and countries in Africa and Asia have borne the brunt of climate-induced devastation and yet are not responsible for the carbon footprint that has caused it. Therefore, it is appropriate Catholics and all people of good will in countries with large carbon footprints recognise their responsibility towards their sisters and brothers in these countries, and take action to mitigate the damage caused by climate change and to the changed environment.
To observe the sixth International Day of Prayer for the Poor on 13 November, Mary Nash, who is actively involved in the Laudato si’ movement, and Mary Eastham from the Religious Diversity Centre Climate Action workgroup, will facilitate a workshop about Pope Francis’ documentary, The Letter. The workshop will be held at Te Rau Aroha, Palmerston North Diocesan Centre, 2pm–4pm, Sunday 13 November.
The film brings to life the transformative vision of Laudato si’ to inspire lasting action for our common home. It features Pope Francis and those he invited with his letter, to share their diverse stories from India, Senegal, Hawaii, and the Brazilian Amazon. The film follows these people coming together in dialogue and with Pope Francis as they receive his letter, to find unity in their distinct worldviews and strength in our common values. ‘By sharing the film, we can invite people into action for our common home,’ says Mary Eastham.
The workshop will highlight the perspectives of the four groups of people – youth, climate refugees who have lost their homeland to rising sea levels, scientists who are struggling to document and mitigate damage caused by climate change, and indigenous peoples who have lived in harmony with nature and are now battle logging companies in a struggle for survival.
‘The workshop will focus on the necessity for climate action to mitigate the damage caused by climate change and adapt to the changed environment,’ says Mary.
To prepare for the workshop, parishioners have been invited to watch the film at home before 13 November. A link is in the newsletter, Kotahi Ano newsletter for Palmerston North parishes. For people without access to digital technology three public screenings are being held in the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit lounge – two in October and a third at 10.30am, Wednesday, 9 November.