Caltavuturo-Palermo (Italy). The Salesian Cooperators, the Past Pupils of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, and the delegate Sr. Maria Lucia Siragusa, after a few months of awareness-raising activities on respect for our Common Home, networking with the Institutions and in collaboration with Mayor Giannopolo Domenico, and the ‘Municipal Administration, organized an event on “ecological conversion“, on the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Sì.
There were about 100 participants between young people, adults, the elderly, and children, united by the one desire to take care of our Common Home. In the midst of creation, all those gathered prayed and invoked the Lord to heal the world and protect the Earth and its creatures from pollution
“Young people demand change from us. They ask themselves how it is possible to claim to build a better future without thinking about the environmental crisis and the suffering of the excluded” (Laudato Sì, n 13).
To the exhortation of Laudato Sì, the Salesian Family of Caltavuturo responded by undertaking to accompany the young generations in their daily lives, entrusting them with tasks for the care of creation.
An act of great responsibility was the signing of the Convention between the Municipal Authority and the person who adopted the tree. Each one has undertaken to take care of the plant and, in case of organic deterioration, to report in time the need to replace it.
The parish priest Fr. Cris Krzysztof and Sister Maria Lucia urged those present to guide young people to respect our common home and to keep the environment clean.
All those who adopted the tree, helped by the operators of “Together for the Environment” Social Cooperative, distributed themselves in the field to plant their own tree, to which each has attached a plate with their name.
A bookmark, which contains some commitments for the reduction of carbon, was given to those present in memory of the event lived.