Call to care for our common home

On the 22nd of April 2019, the world marked the earth day and the theme for this year was on protecting species and the environment. Protecting our common home has been the focus for the Jesuits in the network and so far the society of Jesus at large has considered this aspect of common good as a priority agenda. This shows you how the Jesuits have taken climate change and ecology with seriousness. If you remember well, last month countries in the southern Africa were hit by cyclone idai. Human lives were lost, property destroyed and thousands of people displaced. Now, the weather man has so far reported that Cyclone Kenneth caused landslides in the northern Mozambique, and the country is still recovering from these. More devastating news is also that Floods are wreaking havoc in Durban, South Africa with more than 60 deaths reported. So what does this speak to us? That climate change is real and unprecedented destructions are directly linked to causes driven by human activity: climate change, deforestation, habitat loss, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides to name just a few. It should be noted that the impacts are far reaching. It is everyone’s duty therefore to care for our common home. Chris Chatteris SJ gives a reflection on the Children’s Climate Crusade which has emerged all over the world. Young people are calling on their generation for help, and, in some cases, this is being done without the support of those who should be looking out for their tomorrow.