Abuja, 07 October, 2023 / 9:25 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Catholic Youth Organisation of Nigeria (CYON) of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja are realizing a sensitization walk to draw the attention of the public about the need to eradicate plastic pollution in the environment in view of mitigating the effect of climate change.
Addressing journalists following the Monday, October 2 sensitization event, CYON Chaplain of Abuja Archdiocese, Fr. Cyril Osuji, said that the initiative is the Catholic youth response to the Holy Father’s call.
“The Holy Father Pope Francis has given the young people an assignment to help in protecting the earth,” Fr. Osuji said.
He added in reference to Pope Francis’ May 2015 Encyclical Letter on care for our common home, Laudato Si’, “Today we are practicalizing the document of the Holy Father to protect our environment from pollution, erosion, desertification and waste management.”
“The earth is crying for help and what we have demonstrated today is to get rid of plastic waste from Abuja, the nation’s capital and its environs,” the Nigerian Catholic Priest further said, and continued, “We are calling on the government to implement Laudato Si’ to protect the environment and mitigate climate change in Nigeria and the world at large.”