“The environment is God’s gift to everyone, and in our use of it we have a responsibility towards the poor, towards future generations and towards humanity as a whole.” Pope Benedict XVI, 2009
June 5th we mark World Environment Day. First established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 to raise awareness and take action, we take time on this day to be attentive to the interconnection of environment issues with society, politics, economics, spirituality etc.
This year’s theme is “Planet Earth is our shared Island, let us join forces to protect it”. This theme was chosen in support of the UN designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The aim is to raise awareness of the importance of the SIDS and the urgency of the dangers threatening them due to climate change. Go for more on: http://www.unep.org/wed/about/#.U4cEmnKSy-k.
We pray for our members in and the people of Mauritius and Timor-Leste, two of the small island states.