Healing the planet

An oil pipeline ablaze after a rupture in Mumbai

At the Paris Climate Talks two and a half years ago, Pope Francis warned the planet “carbon dioxide emissions and atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases remain very high. This is disturbing and a cause for real concern.”


This year the pope kept up a quiet reasoned stance when he hosted a group of fossil fuel executives at the Vatican. He thanked the group for “developing more careful approaches to the assessment of climate risk”. He then continued “But is it enough? Will we turn the corner in time? No one can answer that with certainty, but with each month that passes, the challenge of energy transition becomes more pressing. Decisive progress cannot be made without an increased awareness that all of us are part of one human family, united by bonds of fraternity and solidarity. Only by thinking and acting with constant concern for this underlying unity that overrides all differences, only by cultivating a sense of universal intergenerational solidarity, can we set out really and resolutely on the road ahead”. Francis continued with making the link between climate change and poverty  “our desire to ensure energy for all must not lead to the undesired effect of a spiral of extreme climate changes due to a catastrophic rise in global temperatures, harsher environments and increased levels of poverty”.

Te Ukaipo organise their leg of Project Twin Streams where children help clean Waitakere streams in Auckland

Poverty and the demand for resources was the ferment into which Catherine McAuley opened Baggot Street. She identified education as the resource most needed from her observations. We must continue her work to identify how we can best achieve our goals. In this instance to begin to heal the planet.

St Catherine’s College Wellington students clean up Evans Bay

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