"Today we are faced with an environmental holocaust. It is a very delicate moment. Pope Francis raised his voice against this impending disaster talking about modern sins, 'ecological sins' made individually and collectively by humans who destroy Mother Earth": says Cardinal Charles Bo, Archbishop of Yangon, in a speech at the conference of religious women of Asia and Oceania, which is being held these days in Yangon.
The Cardinal observes: "Greed has sparked an ecological terrorism
against Mother Earth. Climate change is real and the planet Earth
overheats, causing thousands of 'environmental refugees'. Climate change
is an atomic bomb waiting to explode. We are on the threshold of
ecological apocalypse. This ecological apocalypse is the result of an
ecological sin against God's creation".
From here springs the appeal to the religious women of Asia and Oceania:
"It is urgent to strengthen the prophetic thrust, making oneself
missionary of mercy to promote ecological justice".
The two documents of
the Pope: Laudato si’ and Misericordiae vultus are the reference point,
says Bo: "We can talk about global ecological conversion" he observes,
recalling a phrase introduced by John Paul II and insisting on the
economic injustice and inequality.
Only 1% of the rich, says Bo, in fact owns 50% of the wealth in the
world: "From here derive environmental injustice and ecological
injustice. Greenhouse gases that increase global warming are emitted by
rich countries. The United States, with a population of about 6% of the
world, produce 40% of greenhouse gases. Who is dying? The poor. Poor
countries are the most vulnerable to global warming. Cyclones,
earthquakes, floods create thousands of victims of natural disasters.
This is ecological terrorism. The powerful of this world decide who
should live or die. Economic and ecological terrorists are unleashed
against the poor".
The Cardinal recalls the need for "an integrated
approach in the fight against poverty, to protect nature" and declares:
"Ecological crisis is a moral crisis, it is an existential crisis:
nature is mutilated for economic greed".
"Humanity has broken the pact with nature", he continues, "and this is
why it is a profoundly moral issue: an ecological original sin, that
needs an ecological conversion and an ecological evangelization".
On the eve of Lent, the Archbishop concludes: "Repent, God's creation is in danger, change your life to save the planet".