Caritas Plymouth would like to thank the young people (and their families and parishes) who attended and participated in an interactive ‘Care for creation’ event on the 17th of September. The young people attending were enthusiastic and thoughtful about reflecting on how we can better care for our common home. They were fully engaged in discussions around how they could help the environment and put their faith into action in their communities.
After coming up with some wonderful ideas, the young people were given some left over materials, which they recycled to make their own pledges. These included reusing plant pots, switching off lights, recycling more and buying things without palm oil. As part of the event the group were planning to do a beach clean but found a very tidy and clean beach! They did however create some beautiful beach sculptures that allowed them to be creative without paper. The sculptures were designed to celebrate the beauty of nature and encourage them to connect with God’s creation and each other.
At the end of the day the young people reflected on what they enjoyed most. They loved building new friendships, walking on the beach, making their colourful pledges to help the environment and crafting without paper. We hope this successful event will encourage more young people across the Diocese to share their pledges to help the environment, making their voices heard in response to Pope Francis’ invitation to us all to listen to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.
If you are inspired by our young people and are making your own pledge to care for creation, please share your thoughts with Caritas Plymouth here.
Caritas Plymouth is grateful to the National Lottery Climate Action Fund for supporting this and other similar events as part of our Diocesan Climate Action initiative.