Catholics urged to join Earth Hour ‘to give nature a rest’


MANILA, Philippines—Several Catholic dioceses all over the country are joining the annual observance of Earth Hour, with bishops calling on the faithful to “give nature a little rest.”

In an interview over Church-run Radyo Veritas, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle said that Earth Hour would serve to remind us “that we are God’s stewards in caring for nature.”

“We will rest from using electricity so that we can give nature a little rest … Let us show the Lord our hope, humility and care for the environment,” Tagle said.

Earth Hour’s observance during the Lenten Season should be a reminder of the importance of preserving the environment, said Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma.

Last year, CDO and nearby Iligan City were ravaged by killer flashfloods that have been blamed on rampant illegal logging in the area.

“This is our Lord’s Gospel for all of us, that we should really be aware of protecting the integrity of creation. In celebrating Earth Hour, we should also be aware that all of us are linked together in this climate change issue and we should do our part to help by ensuring the balance of nature and restoring the integrity of creation,” Ledesma said

Catholics in Palawan should use Earth Hour to meditate on the effects of the continuing exploitation of natural resources, particularly mining, said the province’s bishop Pedro Arigo.

“Our problem with mining is that only the foreign and local investors and their employees are benefiting,” Arigo said. “If we look at the bigger picture, (we’d see that) the benefits we get (are) not commensurate (to) the social and environmental cost. Worse, (those) who shoulder the effect on the environment are the farmers, fisherfolk, indigenous peoples and ordinary (folk).”

“Through Earth Hour, let pay attention to ecological conversion (and) on how we treat the environment, which is being over-exploited,” Arigo added.

While Malolos Bishop Jose Oliveros and Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco have said that their respective dioceses will observe Earth Hour, Basilan Bishop Martin Jumoad said Catholics in the province will no longer observe the event because of the regular brownouts that they have been suffering.

“We will no longer observe [Earth Hour] since the power is always out (in our area). Our sacrifices are too much here. It’s as if it’s always Earth Hour,” Jumoad said.

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  • Banono

    While it is commendable that we take care of our environment yet I would caution people whether they be priests, pastors or ordinary Christians not to be so lax in glibly saying “this is the Lord’s Gospel” for there is but one Gospel as recorded in the revealed written words of God – the Bible. And each true believer of the Lord Jesus should be vigilant with regards to this so as not to be led astray by false teachers and leaders.
    It behoves us then to have a firsthand knowledge of the words of God if we are to avoid being led into a false gospel which is now so prevalent in almost every organized religion.
    For the record this is the true Gospel from the Holy Scripture:
    “Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

    For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

    For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.” (1 Corinthians 15:1-11)
    God-fearing people read and study the Bible!

  • John Caldan Briones

    Waste of energy and time lang ito.

  • Mickey Hiss

    I’m not joining Earth Hour.  With all the brownouts I’ve suffered this year, I’ve sacrificed enough.  

  • DavidBanez

    Truning OFF your lights, TV, appliances at home and offices for 1 hour will never reduce the CO2 emission or your carbon footprint.

    YES it will not because you are not the one burning those fossil FUELS the source of CO2 emissions and other pollutant into the atmosphere.

    This  turning off of lights and the objective of reducing the CO2 emissions just for 60 minutes can ONLY be realized if it is the POWERR PLANTS that will be shut off. POWER.
    Yes it the power plants that burnt fuels and give off CO2 and other pollutants into the atmosphere. If WE can enjoin NAPOCOR to shut the power planst for 60 minutes i will be very happy (as an Environmentalist)

  • kismaytami

    Turn off all the lights, go your local church and donate, then light up all the candles. Oh, come on Padre Damaso! You just want to earn so much. Candles are also source of carbon dioxide.

  • TulisangDagat

    did you know the more you eat kamote the more tut …?????  lol ……save planet earth daw…

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