Posted On June, 20 - 2018
The World Meeting of Families 2018 is going green with the ‘Our Common Home’ project
"In the family too, we can rethink our habits of consumption and join in caring for the environment as our common home.” (Amorist Laetitia, #277)
The World Meeting of Families 2018 is inviting everyone into a conversation about how we can all care for ‘Our Common Home’. This is in response to Pope Francis’ call to each one of us to listen to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. In his Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’, on care for our common home, Pope Francis reminds us that it is the poor who suffer the most from environmental destruction. He urges each of us to think deeply about our relationship with nature, to live wisely and to love generously.
In response to this call from Pope Francis in Laudato Si’, the WMOF2018 is going green and is endeavouring to be as sustainable as possible.
Pilgrims attending the WMOF2018 in August will be able to visit ‘Our Common Home’ eco-spaces and join in discussion, prayer and action in caring for our beautiful planet. Pilgrims will also be able to hear some of the eco-stories of families from around the world and discover more about how we can care for our beautiful world and live more sustainable lives.
The ‘Our Common Home’ Project at WMOF2018 is being offered in partnership with the Global Catholic Climate Movement, Trócaire & Laudato Si' Ireland. These organisations are working to encourage all of us to speak out on environmental issues which pose a serious threat to our planet.
Pope Francis poses a serious question in Laudato Si’: ‘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). This is a question we must ask ourselves. As a global family, we need to act now and do much better in caring for our common home.
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. It is time to enter a new and sustainable path. The world must act on issues such as climate change which poses an undeniable risk to our common home. Pope Francis has described the Earth, our home, as ‘beginning to look like 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.
Every step, big or small, plays a significant role in helping the environment.
For more information on ‘Our Common Home’ project please contact the World Meeting of Families: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please also consider sharing on social media what you and your family are doing to care for our common home and to live more sustainable lives. Please use the hashtags #ourcommonhome and #wmof2018.