Posted On August, 14 - 2018
As thousands from around the world prepare to travel to World Meeting of Families in Dublin in a week’s time, the WMOF2018 has released a new aminated video inviting families to reflect on their impact on the environment and find ways to care for creation on their pilgrim journey to the events from 21 – 26 August. The animation and ‘leave no trace’ message were issued this morning as part of a briefing event in the Phoenix Park, Dublin where organisers also shared statistics and facts highlighting the size and scale of the WMOF2018 events, with the focus on the Closing Mass in Phoenix Park on Sunday 26 August.
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.
In his encyclical letter, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis asks, ‘What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?’
Jane Mellett, project co-ordinator for ‘Care for our Common Home’ says that Pope Francis has issued an invitation to all of us to enter into a conversation about what is happening to our beautiful world, and the threats our planet faces as a result of environmental destruction. She said, “The ‘Our Common Home’ project encourages everyone, through prayer, discussion, and action, to think deeply about the kind of world we will leave to the generations coming after us. This is one of the most challenging issues of our time, and the World Meeting of Families 2018 offered the chance to explore this with participants.
“We all have a part to play in protecting our common home. If everyone joining the World Meeting of Families takes responsibility to be an eco-pilgrim on their journey we can minimise our impact throughout the event, and most importantly at the Papal Mass in Phoenix Park.
“This wonderful park is a great example of God’s creation, and we ask all our pilgrims to do their best to leave no trace while they are here, and bring home all they bring with them, so that the beauty of this park can be enjoyed by generations to come.”
Visit of Pope Francis for World Meeting of Families 2018 - Stats and Facts
Notes to Editors:
- Further information on the facts and stats are available from the relevant organisations.
- The animation is available on www.worldmeeting2018.ie. Join in the conversation on the ‘Our Common Home’ initiative on social media using #ourcommonhome and #popeinireland.
- The WMOF ‘Our Common Home’ Project was established in partnership with the Global Catholic Climate Movement, Trócaire and Laudato Si’ Ireland, was set up in response to Pope Francis’ call for us to hear the cry of the earth. The key aims of the ‘Our Common Home’ Project are to reduce the environmental footprint of WMOF2018, pray with and for creation and communicate the message of eco-conversion so that we may reflect on our wasteful habits and grow to a new love for creation.
For media contact: Brenda Drumm, Media & Communications Manager WMOF2018 on 00 353 (0) 87 310 4444.