Mumbai — Visiting businessmen from the community for dialogue, introducing picnics for children to eco-centers and generally educating people about better ecology are some of the things the Catholic Church will be looking up to do as a follow up of the Pope’s encyclical on ecology.
On June 18, Pope Francis moving a step ahead from relationship between nature and humans emphasised on the concept of “ecology”. “Human interaction is at the heart of ecology. Francis says ecology is not just a relationship between humans and nature. It too is about human relationships: Human life is grounded in three fundamental and closely intertwined relationships: with God, with our neighbour and with the earth itself. When we violate any one of these relationships, we offend God, promote injustice, and exploit our home,” said Fr. Nigel Barrett, spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Bombay.
The message will not be taken forward by reaching out to people. “What we will do is have a dialogue with businessmen from our own community,” said Fr. Allwyn D’Silva, secretary of the Climate Change Desk of the Federation of Aisan Bishops Conferences. “We will also ask them to contribute, like a CSR activity for a green fund that looks to take care of people,” said D’Silva.
Incharge of taking the message to the masses, D’Silva said that the Church will also look to introducing in school curriculum visits to eco-centers just to inculcate among children the value for nature, DNA reported.