One Family One Earth
The Membership and Environment forum and the Archdiocese office for Environment conducted a program on “One Earth One Family”. The topic gives a fair view that each of us belongs to one family living on one earth.
The program began with the prayer by Jt. Secretary Annette D’Cruz from the Bombay Catholic Sabha, followed by the Sabha anthem, The Vice–President of the Bombay Catholic Sabha in charge of membership and environment Mr. Bento Lobo welcomed everyone, Adv. Raphael Dsouza President of the Sabha in his welcome speech said there is a need to collaborate and work for the benefit of the environment.
Bishop Allwyn D’Silva in his keynote address emphasized the need to care of the environment, he said we need to start from our parish, our neighborhood, and our locality. We need to liaison with the government authorities to make laws for taking care of the environment.
Vice-president Bento Lobo gave a brief insight into the various activities carried out by the Sabha during the past year that involved the Collection of empty plastic bottles, tetra packs and E-waste, distribution of Christmas tree saplings, and distribution of ten thousand seed paper National flags. Sabha also conducted webinars on dry waste and wet waste segregation, climate change, the Laudato Si action plan, etc.
Mrs. Pauline and Ms. Giselle from Our lady of Lourdes Orlem parish, who are an E.C.O group had in addition to regularly doing a collection of plastics and E-waste, carried out projects that included recycling old books, and reuse of wedding gowns. They also shared their future plans for the environment.
Ms. Astrid Lobo spoke passionately about the need to engage more youth to do environmental activities and undertake projects for the same. Mrs. Rita D’Sa said that the environment does not have a religion and we need to collaborate