Philippine bishops to decide whether to establish climate change desk

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July 7, 2015

Children paddle in water in Navotas City, Philippines, May 10. The Federation of Asian BishopsÕ Conferences wants to set up 22 Òclimate change desksÓ that would support action plans to mitigate the impact of climate change and to study Pope FrancisÕ "Laudato Si'" encyclical. (CNS photo/Ritchie B. Tongo, EPA) See PHILIPPINES-CLIMATE July 7, 2015.

Children paddle in water in Navotas City, Philippines, May 10. The Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences wants to set up 22 “climate change desks” that would support action plans to mitigate the impact of climate change and to study Pope Francis’ “Laudato Si'” encyclical. (CNS photo/Ritchie B. Tongo, EPA)

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) — Philippine bishops meeting in Manila will decide whether or not to establish a “climate change desk,” part of a push by the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences.

The federation wants each bishops’ conference in 22 countries to set up such a desk to support action plans to mitigate the impact of climate change and also study Pope Francis’ “Laudato Si'” encyclical.

The FABC’s action plan lists 11 priorities to address a “grave situation since climate change is an ethical, moral and religious issue.” The plan urges alerting the public to the “disastrous consequences of climate change” to convince people to live more sustainable lifestyles and it emphasizes “eco-spirituality” formation for priests and religious who would be able to take action “on behalf of the exploited poor and exploited nature.”

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