This year we have had a focus on Sustainability which our Year 6 leaders have led with
the Kitchen Garden and other recyclable initiatives. One of the reasons we are
committed to this work is because we are a Catholic school committed to the values
and teaching of the Catholic Church. The Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si ('Praise be to
you') - On the Care for Our Common Home, is the Church’s most profound and
comprehensive statement yet on caring for creation and the poorest. It is an
inspirational letter that calls for us to examine our hearts, transform our social values
and take action for global solidarity.
Pope Francis is clear that human activity is at the root of climate change and our
‘ecological crisis’ - and that therefore, the solution also lies with us.
Pope Francis calls for nothing less than a revolution of our hearts and minds, for a
transformation of our societies and individual lifestyles, to live in harmony with God’s
creation. He challenges ‘the modern myth of unlimited material progress’. He asks us
to redefine our notion of progress and rethink our current public values which put
financial and economic growth before ecology and the needs of the most vulnerable
communities and people.
Climate change and caring for our environment is something that our children are
particularly passionate about. Just like Nano Nagle who had a passion for the
environment, we are trying to foster in our children the need to care for God’s creation.
Over the last few weeks we have focused on our children being responsible stewards
of our SJV environment and wider community and will continue to encourage this for
the remainder of the year.
A true ecological approach always becomes a
social approach; it must integrate questions of
justice in debates on the environment, so as to
hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of