The Earth — "our common home," as Pope Francis described it in his encyclical Laudato Si' — is undergoing immense change. Each day, the impacts of climate change become more evident, while scientific studies indicate mere decades remain to limit global warming to avert the most serious consequences that come with it.
"Our Common Home" is a special NCR reporting series that through people, places and issues explores the role of faith and religion in responding to climate change, which the pope has called a matter of moral urgency and "one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day."
"The urgent challenge to protect our common home," Francis wrote in his encyclical, "includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change."
After roughly 6,000 actions in 180-plus countries bookended by two main days of demonstrations, the third global climate strike has come to a close. Maria Lourdes Guinto, a parishioner at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Quezon City, told NCR she hoped the strike would "elevate" awareness among friends, family and others.
Wildfires rage in the Amazon rainforest and other parts of the globe. Up to one million species face extinction, in large part due to human activities. This has formed the backdrop for the annual Season of Creation, timely tuned this year to the theme of biodiversity.
In his epic poem, "Paradise Lost," John Milton captured the majestic drama of the fall and rise of humanity amidst the never failing love and power of God’s presence in the world. In the fourth book of the poem, Satan approaches the Garden of Eden, resolved to bring down Adam and Eve precisely because they have become a focus of God’s love and tender care.