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Like every 5th of June, we celebrate the World Environment Day. This year, it focuses on the restoration of the ecosystem under the mantra “Reimagine, recreate, restore”.
Over time, us humans have exploited and destroyed the ecosystems in our planet. As a consequence, it deprives the world of carbon drains, like forests and peat lands. Every three seconds, the world loses a forest area equal to a football pitch. Furthermore, only in the last century, we have destroyed half of our wetlands and coral reefs.
The Laudato Si’ Circle by Pope Francis about caring for the Common House, calls to the reflection on:“What world are we leaving for those coming after us? Our own dignity is at stake. It’s on our own interest to leave a habitable planet for the next generations”.
Moreover, a healthy environment is key to fulfill the UN 2030 Agenda and its 17 objectives for a Sustainable Development. We have less than ten years to achieve a real transformation for our societies. This entails bringing solutions to global challenges such as global warming, biodiversity loss and pollution.
The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed the horrible consequences of the ecosystem’s loss: the reduction of animals’ natural habitats has created an ideal context for pathogenic agents, including coronavirus, to spread.
At Sisters Hospitallers, we are very aware of the close relationship between health and protecting the environment. Therefore, we have a firm commitment to sustainable development and to the care of our Common House. As Pope Francis said, “everything is connected”, which is why we must work together to create a fair and sustainable world. It is impossible to separate the concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society and inner peace.
Overall, it is a challenging moment that we are going through. However, it is an opportunity to reflecto, today more than ever, on the interrelation between sanitary problems, economic inequality, deterioration of the environment and social exclusion. Therefore, we invite the Hospitaller Community to join the reflection and get hands on to build a better world together.
You can read Pope Francis’ message for Laudato Si’ Week here.
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