In Communion with COP26
COP shares the first two letters with COVID! As many commentators have remarked recently: what a better place our world would be if we galvanised around climate change the way the world (at times) has responded to this insidious pandemic across the past two years. At present, the Institute family is marking 400 years since Mary Ward walked to Rome to gain ecclesial approval for her Institute. I do not doubt that if Mary Ward were alive today, she would be striding toward Glasgow for the opening of COP26 proceedings on October 30th, affirming and fighting for the future of our fragile world. To mark this historic gathering, the Loreto Province of Australia and South East Asia has planted a copse of 100 trees through Fifteen Trees (www.15trees.org.au), a Ballarat based tree-planting organisation founded by past pupil Coleen Filippa. This action is also in harmony with the global IBVM’s Bicentenary Jubilee Celebration’s ecological justice project, celebrating our ever-expanding global awareness into the next 200 years.
Ecological justice is one of five province justice priorities; our province communications team has placed ecological justice at the heart of many publications across 2021. These reflections flow from the felt understanding that all things flow from and point to the Divine, and the 2014 Call of the Institute to ‘live sustainably, discerning what is enough’.
So, have a cup of coffee and contemplate your engagement with COP26 … listening to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor:
Reflect on recent articles from our circle of friends:
Care for Our Common Home in the Season of Creation | Michelle McCarty
Season of Creation: cry of the earth, cry of the poor | Fiona Dyball
I go among the trees and sit still … | Anne Muirhead
A unified response to climate change | Isabella Larkin
Learn about MWIA’s support of the Sustainability Project /Solar Energy Project at the Mary Ward Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. This project aims to scale up the MWRC’s sustainability farm to its pre-pandemic capacity by harnessing solar power to create a reliable and efficient water supply. This will increase food and income while reducing costs and the effects of power cuts, drought, and water scarcity. Importantly, the project will provide young local people with the opportunity to be trained and employed in the use of solar energy in sustainable farming.
Spend a stretch in Springtime creation, relishing God’s gifts.
Are you interested to attend COP livestreamed sessions?
Subscribe through above link by clicking on COP26 Youtube Channel for free from 1-12 November 2021. The COP26 Green Zone will be open to the public from the Glasgow Science Centre.
Watch: Greta Thunberg – A Year to Change the World
Peruse the ecological justice resources centralised on the Province website.
Join the webinar: Mary Ward Family Living Laudato Si hosted by the Mary Ward JPIC Office on November 3 or catch it on their YouTube channel after the event. The Institute office has invited the Loreto Justice Network to make a presentation at this event on our engagement with the Laudato Si Goals and Sr Susan Daily ibvm will be sharing her artistic engagement with the heartbeat of Laudato Si.
When: November 3rd, 2021, 01:00pm (Rome time)
Zoom link: Register here
ID: 850 1904 6823
Sign the Vatican’s Healthy People, Healthy Planet petition
By: Loreto Justice Network