What is Laudato Si' and what does it say?
Laudato Si’ is an encyclical written by Pope Francis, it was published on the 18 June 2015. Encyclicals are open letters written by the pope.
Laudato Si’ discusses the damage being inflicted on the Earth by humans and calls on ‘every person living on this planet’ to make urgent changes to our lifestyles and how we consume energy in order to protect the planet.
It deals with many environmental issues including:
- climate change
- loss of biodiversity
- decline in the quality of human life.
In his letter Pope Francis implores us to work together to create a better world for future generations and asks us to make the necessary changes in our lives in order to take care of, respect and value our ‘common home’.
We have recently elected an Eco Warrior for each class. These children will represent their class in meeting discussing sustainability and how we can help to create a better world for future generations.
The 6 elements that our school are is addressing are:
- School Grounds
The children carry out their roles on inside and outside of school and plan to lead by example.
Recycling at home
Saving energy and recycling
From Monday we are taking part in Feet First, Five Day Challenge. This is about encouraging your child to walk, scoot or bike to school.
Each child will receive a book mark on Monday and each day they come to school by one of the above they get a sticker. If they complete the full five days we have a hi-vis snap band to give them.
For those parents that live outside Frizington why not park a few minutes away and walk the rest?
REACT Engineering - designing a school for the future
The Diocese of Lancaster has produced the attached Charter on the Care of Creation as a direct response to Pope Francis' Laudato Si encyclical.
(https://laudatosiactionplatform.org/) Laudato Si Action Platform towards taking greater care of our common home.
Paul Swarbrick (The Bishop of Lancaster) wrote to us all :
My dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
I welcome this Charter on the Care of Creation, presented here as a statement of where we stand in the Diocese of Lancaster with regards to the environment.
Ours must be the most beautiful diocese in England. As Christians we recognise in creation the work of the Creator, and so for many, creation becomes a beginning, the first steps towards knowing the Lord.
How we live matters. How we live expresses what we believe. How we live reveals something of the God we follow and worship. Creation is entrusted to us as a foretaste of heaven, to be respected and cared for.
Our vocation as the People of God is to be a sign of hope to others, and hope is something very much needed in these times. I commend this Charter on the Care of Creation to you, hoping you find it an encouragement and something of a challenge to how you live your faith in these days, wherever the Lord has placed you and whatever your stage and status in life.
I express my gratitude to those who composed it, and extend my blessing to all who actively take it to heart. Christ is within it.
+ Paul Swarbrick
Bishop of Lancaster
Charter on The Care of Creation (see below)
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