Hundreds of students, teachers, church people and other environment defenders poured into the streets of Cebu City on Monday (09/02/2019) to mark the opening of the Season of Creation which internationally starts with the Day of Prayer on September 1, 2019 and culminates on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4, 2019.
Dubbed Eco-Walk 2019, the march gathered close to a thousand faithful from different walks of life in a singular intention of amplifying the call of Pope Francis to Care of Creation in face of what he referred to as a “climate emergency” that gravely imperils all life in all parts of the world.
Marching from Fuente Osmena to downtown Colon Street for a short program and a Eucharistic Celebration at the Santo Nino Pilgrim Center, the participants gleefully collected plastic garbage along the streets and deposited them to a waiting garbage truck deployed by Barangay (village) Santo Nino at the end of the route. Afterwards, a program commenced wherein representatives from the St. Theresa’s College, People’s Multi-Purpose Coop, and Cebu Archdiocesan Commission on Social Advocacies shared their discernment on the plight of mother Earth and the responsive role of their sectors: Academe, Civil Society, and Church.
In his homily, Fr.Aladdin Luzon, OSA encouraged the participants to engage in prophetic actions especially in appealing to government officials at revising laws inimical to the integrity of life and rights, particularly of the marginalized and excluded—like the indigenous peoples.
Eco-Walk was organized by the Justice and Peace Commission of the Philippine Augustinians through its social development arm Santo Nino de Cebu Augustinian Social Development Foundation, Inc. (SNAF), chaired by Fr.Luzon.