Caritas volunteers washing up the reusable crockery and cutlery after an event. Photo: Caritas Singapore

You can make a difference as stewards of the Earth!

Caritas Singapore is organising a roundtable event that will bring together various people to discuss on environmental issues. Called “Heal Our Home” to be held on August 14, it will bring together passionate voices from to highlight how we can make lifestyle change at both the organisational and individual level to care for our Mother Earth.

The speakers are from the Diocese of Penang and a parishioner of St Ignatius, as well from the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE), and the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation Singapore.

The keynote speaker, Ms Geraldine Clare Westwood is Head, Commission for Creation Justice of the Diocese of Penang. She will speak on the science behind global climate emergency and what we can do in the upcoming years to rebuild a healthy Earth for the next generation.

Other topics for discussion will include how we can mitigate and adapt to climate change by planning ahead and taking collective action as well as the effect of energy consumption on the environment and what we can do as Singaporeans.

Said Ms Eve Ong, Caritas Singapore’s Roundtable lead, “The Earth belongs to all of us and the future generation and we all have a part to play to make sure life on earth is sustainable for generation to come.”

If you would like to find out more on how you can make a difference to Mother Earth, please join us at the Caritas Singapore Roundtable. The event is open to all on a first-come-first-served basis. The closing date for registration is Tuesday, August 11.

To register please go to https://tinyurl.com/caritassghealourhome

For more details on Caritas, visit https://www.caritas-singapore.org/heal-our-home-roundtable/

For any queries, please email: [email protected]

Ms Christine Wong, ED of Caritas Singapore, shared that, “Doing our part to save the Earth involves everyone in the community. The Earth belongs to each one of us and whatever we can contribute as a community is a positive step forward. This roundtable is an exercise to involve our partners in this effort.”

Caritas Singapore has been raising awareness for all to be responsible and effective stewards of the Earth. Caritas has been sharing on reducing, and recycling, and is also aiming at going paperless as much as possible.

Caritas’ work is inspired by Catholic social teaching (CST). the dignity of Creation, one of the principles of CST, reminds us that we are all stewards of the Earth.

Responding to Pope Francis’ call to Care for Our Common Home, Caritas Singapore spearheaded a Care for Creation project in 2019. Caritas aims to lead by example by raising awareness, and encouraging and supporting the Caritas Singapore family towards eco-friendly practices that reduce our carbon footprint.

In organising this roundtable, Caritas hopes to engage and mobilise the community as well as we are all stewards of the Earth.

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