Sydney (Agenzia Fides) – Protecting the planet and safeguarding Creation as a gift from God, offering an effective contribution to a problem to the climate emergency: this is the main objective of a new campaign of the Pontifical Missionary Societies (PMS) in Australia, who have joined forces with several associations and NGOs of Australia. The common aim is that of placing positive pressure on the government to take adequate measures on a national and international level, to support the renewable resources and respect for nature.
The PMS are mainly spreading awareness in schools, but it will also reach out to other continents, where the PMS supports education, cooperation, and development projects.
The PMS recalled and shared the contents of the letter sent from over 60 religious leaders to Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, calling for a greater commitment to meeting the needs presented by climate changes. The letter observed how the industrialized nations, and not only the environmental organizations, should take greater responsibility in this area. The text recalled that “the per-capita emission rate of greenhouse gases in Australia is among the highest the world” and that the government should consider work in this area as “a real moral responsibility,” for safeguarding the life of its citizens and of humanity.
The religious communities of Australia are also instructing the faithful on the question of climate changes and on the need for each person to live lifestyles that consider their social responsibility and with sobriety.
The Pontifical Mission Societies in Australia have been running for over 185 years in the parishes, schools, associations, and movements throughout the country, to show how the Gospel calls every believer to be a missionary. The PMS also offers assistance to the needy, especially in the areas of healthcare, education, and spiritual formation. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 19/06/2009)