Catholic tertiary students recently learnt about caring for the environment from a Christian perspective.
Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Sr Molly Lim shared with some 50 students from Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) and Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) on the ills plaguing the Earth, and how to care for the ecology.
The talks were held on Oct 30 and Nov 13 at SIM.
The first session touched on the environmental crisis the world is facing as well as the harmful effects of the use of plastic water bottles on the planet. Participants also had time for reflection and group discussion.
The second session started with a hymn, Canticle of the Sun, followed by a scripture reading. Sr Molly then invited the students to imagine themselves as St Francis of Assisi as she recounted a tale of the saint rescuing a worm from the road to illustrate his care for creation.
The session continued with a short skit to illustrate the ills that are affecting the planet and a flash animation about man’s relationship with the environment.
Sr Molly also demonstrated how to use water, brown sugar and orange peel to make environment-friendly enzymes that can be used for cleaning purposes.
She then distributed small bottles of the enzymes, which take about three months to ferment and which she made, to those present.
Sr Molly also invited the students to commit to caring for creation in specific ways.
Gabriel Cheam from SIM said the talks helped him understand his “responsibility towards the environment as a child of God”.
He said he found the use of environment-friendly enzymes interesting.
Sarah Rachel Teo from NP told CatholicNews that “more should be done than what we are actually doing now”.
Similar talks on ecology have previously been held at Nanyang Polytechnic and Singapore Polytechnic.
By Darren Boon