Our Common Home
"In the family too, we can rethink our habits of consumption and join in caring for the enviroment as our common home."
(Amoris Latetitia, 277)
Humanity has an important task – to care for the beautiful planet on which we live. Yet our current way of living is not sustainable and environmental degradation challenges us to examine our lifestyles. Pope Francis has described the Earth, our home, as ‘beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth’. Yet he also says that all is not lost; humanity is capable of rising above great challenges, choosing again what is good. It is time to enter a new and sustainable path.
During WMOF2018 in Dublin we are inviting all pilgrims into a conversation about ‘Our Common Home’. Pope Francis has written to each of us, in a letter called ‘Laudato Si’, inviting us to think deeply, live wisely and love generously. He calls each of us to listen to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor who suffer the most from environmental destruction.
Our Common Home, ‘Leave No Trace’
The new animation from WMOF2018 offers suggestions to pilgrims of all ages to reduce their environmental footprint including travelling lightly, leaving the car behind and choosing eco-friendly transport, going plastic free, leaving no trace, and simply taking time to reflect and enjoy God’s creation. See here:
Join us at ‘Our Common Home’ spaces throughout the festival in prayer, discussion & action.
You can download here our beautiful brochure to guide your visit through the garden.
Visit our exhibition spaces to reflect more deeply on the beauty of our world:
- The Climate Justice Candle & Photo Exhibition (main Prayer Space);
- ‘Our Common Home’ Garden (St. Damian’s Monastery, Simmonscourt Rd) & join Fr. Sean McDonagh & Laudato Si’ team as we reflect on the vast bio-diversity of our world (talks at 10am, 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 6.30pm & 7.30pm);
- Visit ‘The Beehive Cell’ by world renowned sculptor Imogen Stuart (Simmonscourt), an interactive piece of art connecting us deeply to nature and our Irish Christian heritage.
- Eye in the sky: Look out for ‘Our Common Home’ Globe. From WMOF2018 Dublin it will go to World Youth Day in Panama!
Our Common Home’ tent is located in the Teen Space where we will discuss and explore ways in which we can take action and work together in caring for our beautiful planet. Join our team from 9.30am onwards with workshops for teens at 10:45-11.30 each day and for all ages each evening from 6-8pm. Heard of the Earth Cube? Join John & Julie Mundell in the main family arena on Wednesday 22nd August at 10-11am to find out more. We have animated speakers across the programme for all.
Let us listen to the cry of the earth & to our sisters and brothers who are suffering as a result of environmental destruction. We can do better. We can make a difference. We can work together as a Global Family to protect Our Common Home. Watch out for our ‘eco-moments’ across the festival. “What’s happening to Mr. Bee?” Be a green pilgrim: REDUCE - REUSE - RECYCLE; our eco-volunteers are here to help you!
Some quotes from Pope Francis on the environment:
"I wish to address every person living on this planet. [...] We need a conversation which includes everyone since the evironmental challenge we are undergoing and its human roots, concern and affects us all" (Laudato Si', 3, 14)
"What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?"
(Laudato Si', 160)
"The entire material universe speaks of God's love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God" (Laudato Si', 84)
"The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all" (Laudato Si', 23)
OUR ECO STORIES
I got on my bike
We can all do little things
Christ Church Cathedral - Friday 24th August 2018
Time: 19.30 - 21.30
An event joining people of all faiths to share appreciation, love and care for our planet and its inhabitants. Interfaith prayer, Music, Reflective time. Celebration of "Laudato Tree and Great Green wall project"
This is a free event but you will need to book your ticket. Please check further details here
To sign the pledge, Please click here.
Read our blog on how WMOF2018 is going green with the ‘Our Common Home’ project by clicking here.
Find out more about our Mascot, Éirinn , by clicking here.