Nairobi, 24 September, 2021 / 8:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The leadership of Laudato Si’ Movement in Africa, a Catholic organization championing for the care of the earth and ecological justice, is calling on Christians across the continent to append their signatures to the Healthy Planet, Healthy People Catholic Petition and lobby political leaders to make climate friendly decisions.
In a Friday, September 24 interview with ACI Africa, the Programs Manager of Laudato Si’ Movement in Africa, Fr. Benedict Ayodi, said the petition set to be presented to leaders participating in the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) and the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26) seeks to support Pope Francis’ call for the care of the earth in his Encyclical Letter, Laudato Si’.
“We appeal strongly to all Catholics, individuals and our partners including Catholic institutions and organizations, schools and Parishes to mobilize and sign the petition,” the official of the organization formerly known as Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) said.
He added, “We need the signatures in order to support the Pope in what he says in Laudato Si’. More so, this is to petition world leaders to take climate action, climate justice as soon as possible because we face this catastrophe of climate change.”
“It is also our responsibility as people of faith to be good stewards of the environment,” Fr. Ayodi further said, emphasizing the need for Christians to sign the petition that is being championed by the Laudato Si’ Movement and the Dicastery for Integral Human Development (DIHD).