We all have a role to play in saving the Earth from “irreparable damage”, the Bishop for the Environment has said.
Bishop John Arnold, the Lead Bishop for Environmental Issues at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW), noted that “there is no doubt” that society is becoming much more aware of the damage it has done and it continuing to inflict on the Earth. He said it is also evident that the result of this damage is affecting people in many of the poorest countries of the world, despite the fact that they have done the least to cause it.
“They are enduring the worst events of seasonal change where crops are ruined and agricultural land turned to desert,” he said.
Bishop Arnold pointed out that there has been little done to begin the much-needed repair work but, he added, “important progress has been made in understanding the present situation, the causes of the damage and the various means that are available to us to heal and to mend”.
“It is impossible to exaggerate the task that lies before us and the urgency to make progress before irreparable damage is done,” the bishop said. “It is clear that every one of us has a role to play, through simple adjustments to our daily lives, to a change in our routines and priorities.”
Marking the recent World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation, celebrated earlier this month, Bishop Arnold turned to prayer, asking for “the knowledge, the insight and understanding of the dangers we face”.
“We must ask for the Grace to make progress in uniting the determination of politicians, industry and science in caring for our brothers and sisters and our common home,” he said.
“Let us pray together…that God will show us the way and give us the strength and determination to achieve all that He is asking of us in caring for our common home.
“Stay with us, Lord, on our Journey.”
Picture: Thousands of Extinction Rebellion Climate Emergency protesters march through central London. (Om1/Zuma Press/PA).