LASALLIANS CARE FOR MOTHER EARTH
Stewards of creation in action
In 2015, Pope Francis released an encyclical letter addressed to every living person in the planet entitled Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home. In this document, he invited us to listen to the cry of the Earth as the condition of our environment is worsening.
In response to Pope Francis’ encyclical letter, we as Lasallians are called to ACTION to map out various solutions to combat our complex environmental situations.
Mangrove Planting Activity
Last September 22, 2018 more than 50 volunteers from the ANHS planted 600 mangrove seedlings at Brgy. Lumaniag, Lian, Batangas. This is also part of a project of planting 3,000 seedlings in celebrating the tercentenary of the death of St. John Baptist de la Salle.
Mangroves serve as coastal protection for big waves, nursery for small fishes, and habitat for wildlife. Though smaller in size compared to forests, mangroves play an important role in coastal ecosystems because mangroves can sequester carbon dioxide in a much faster rate, capture and hold it in the ground for millions of years thereby acting as a carbon sink or branded as the blue carbon.
Volunteers from the grade school department trooped to Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat Ecotourism Area last September 29, 2018 to participate in coastal cleanup activity. This was also in support of the global activity held every third week of September known as International Coastal Cleanup. The volunteers removed debris from the shoreline and recorded essential information on the marine debris collected for local and international studies. More than 500 kilograms of trash, mostly plastic materials, were collected during the cleanup covering 2,000 sq. meters of coastal land area.
Article by Mr. Noel Marin
Photos by Mr. Ric Almeda