Catholic Earthcare Australia’s youth summit brought students from the Cairns Diocese together to promote a sustainable and environmentally friendly future for the nation. Source: Caritas Australia.
Fifty young leaders from across the diocese gathered recently to listen and engage in dialogue together about ecological justice and caring for “our common home”.
Catholic Earthcare Australia, a program of Caritas Australia, takes inspiration from the Church’s Laudato Si’ Movement in promoting the ideals of a shared commitment to stewardship of the earth.
“We gathered in one of the most beautiful places in the world to listen to guest speakers and engage in dialogue about the importance of not only caring for our common home, and also the link between strong connection to traditional First Nation culture which helps us to stay connected to look after country,” said Sabrina Stevens, youth participation coordinator at Caritas Australia.
“We heard from the Aboriginal Carbon Foundation and the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, who both gave inspiring talks about the urgency for climate action and climate justice that is in tune with traditional practices in community.
“It was a wonderful day with our young leaders who I hope will go back to their schools and inspire those around them. I am definitely looking forward to working with the young leaders from the Cairns Diocese again.”