Parishes across Australia are raising banners in the lead-up to Laudato Si’ Week and the coming federal election, calling for bold action on climate change. Source: The Catholic Leader.
Laudato Si’ Week 2022, to be held May 22-29, will mark the seventh anniversary of Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical on creation care.
“I think people are starting to wake up that this is an important issue that we need to be vocal about,” Wayne Anderson, from Brisbane’s Kedron parish said.
“And I think that’s about being authentic to the Gospel call.”
Mr Anderson is a member of his parish’s Justice Peace and Care for Creation Committee eager to promote Laudato Si’ Week 2022.
A day before – on May 21 – Australian voters will go to the polls with climate change identified as the number one election issue, ahead of cost of living and the economy, according to the ABC’s Vote Compass.
Mr Anderson said the lead up to Laudato Si’ Week represented an opportunity to raise environmental awareness, and to push publicly for a 50 per cent reduction in greenhouse emissions by 2030.
“The longer we leave it the greater the risk to the planet,” he said.
“My sense is that a lot of Catholics are just hoping that the government, whoever may be in power, are working it out and will do the right thing.”
Mr Anderson said he was buoyed by Australian faith leaders, including Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge and Parramatta Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, signing an Easter open letter calling for government leaders to take climate change action.
Catholic groups calling for bold action on climate change (By Mark Bowling, The Catholic Leader)