Monday, April 18, 2011

Coalition urges public to cut back waste

The EcoWaste Coalition called on the public to cut back on wasteful consumption as a form of penance this Lenten season and observe a “green” Holy Week.

The environmental watchdog said cutting back on garbage and pollution can also be a part of the spiritual works an individual can do during the Holy Week. Aside from being considered an act of penance, the group said it can also be an act of charity and reconciliation.

EcoWaste Coalition president Roy Alvarez said that refraining from wasteful consumption will do good for both Mother Earth and the future of our climate change-threatened nation.

Alvarez added that our Christian faith should radiate in the way we relate and nurture the environment.

Meanwhile, Caloocan Bishop Deogracias S. Iñiguez Jr. also encourages the faithful to spend the Holy Week in a spiritually nourishing and earth-friendly way.

“A green Holy Week is a timely call in response to the wastefulness and greed that is blatantly trashing our fragile environment,” he said.

Bishop Iñiguez, who also heads the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Permanent Committee on Public Affairs cited that the call for respect and care to both person and the environment is very timely considering the theme for this year’s Alay Kapwa is “Our Neighbor and Environment, Our Responsibility.”

The bishop added that as stewards of God’s creation, it is our shared responsibility to respect and preserve Mother Earth and protect her ability to support and perpetuate life.

Bishop Iñiguez further said the fact that Earth Day this year will fall on Good Friday, is indeed good for the environment as this should mean less cars on the streets, less energy use in malls, less noise, less non-essential consumption and less garbage. Let Good Friday be a Good Earth Day as well,” the bishop added.


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