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Caritas observed Earth Day 2020 “Our Earth, Our Future”


Caritas Pakistan Karachi, a humanitarian organization of the Catholic Church in Pakistan,planted and distributed 50 Neem trees among community members at Holy Mary Goth, one of the remote area of St. Michael Parish of the Archdiocese of Karachi.

This activity was initiated to mark the celebration of 50th world Earth Day with the theme of “Climate Action”. This was one of the activities of Caritas Pakistan Karachi in which they have planned “One Million More Tree Plantation Campaign” to fight against climate change.

Mr. Mansha Noor, Executive Secretary said today we were celebrated the 50th Earth day with the theme of “Climate Action”. He said that enormous challenge we have phase specially the coronavirus pandemic and climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.

Mr. Noor also said that while the coronavirus may force us to keep our distance, it will not force us to keep our voices down. The only thing that will change the world is a bold and unified demand for a new way forward.

He also highlighted that to combat climate change and support sustainable development goal Caritas Pakistan launched its One Million More Tree Plantation Campaign. Caritas Pakistan will plant 1,000,000 during 2020 to 2023.

Mr. Noor concluded his remarks saying that it’s an ambitious campaign” and we encourage all aspects of society to join us to plant more trees to reduce the impact of climate change and save mother earth for future generation. Pope Francis also reminds us that earth is our common home and we have to work together in caring for earth, Mansha added.

Mr. John Rehmat, program Coordinator said we must use cloth bags instead of plastic bags whenever we go to market for shopping. All the participants, during activity were asked to be responsible and stop using plastic bags, stop usage of plastic bags will be our great contribution towards ending plastic pollution and saving environment. We should also not forget to plant trees. Trees are the only main technique to bring environment back to its natural position.

Mr. Bahadur Moosa reminded AsiaNews that as Pope Francis said in Laudato Si (#49) that we should realize that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach and in the same way as we hear the cry of the poor at this critical times of Covid-19 creating lots of space between human beings and we must not forget to hear the cry of the earth, earth need healing through our contribution.

In the end all the community members and CPK Staff members planted and distributed 50 Neem trees in Holy Mary Goth. A gesture to combat climate change and put Pope Francis’ “LAUDATO SI” into action and save the mother earth for the future generations.

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