GCCM at World Youth Day!
By Tess Corkish from Catholic EarthCare Australia
With volunteers from all continents except Antarctica, the Global Catholic Climate Movement and REFA proudly opened the Laudato Si’ Eco-Village. Father Stanisław blessed all in attendance, welcoming us and reading out the prayer for creation from Laudato Si’. We generated some keen interest from media, connecting with the message of the eco-village; doing more to protect creation. As the world contemplates the implications of the British exit from the European Union, climate change is a hot topic, making ours a timely exhibition.
Out in the hot sunlight, we snapped photos with our #LiveLaudatoSi sign and banners, all smiles for the first day of a week of exciting events and exhibits, before inviting the locals passing by to participate and learn from the range of experts from all over the world. We were also happy to welcome Dennis Sadowski from Catholic News Service who spoke to a few of our team members in order to write about the presence of Laudato Si’ at World Youth Day.
Piligrims from all over the world have been dropping in to write prayers on colourful ribbons to add to our ribbon tree, take snaps in our fun Instagram frames, writing the way they’re living Laudato Si’ on our whiteboards and chatting with the fantastic environmental leaders at lively stalls all through the park. Though the rain drove us inside for the afternoon, it provided a great opportunity for us to shelter passing pilgrims and speak to them about Laudato Si’.
The first day of World Youth Day was capped off with the incredible Opening Mass. Bringing hundreds of thousands of young people to Błonia Park, where Cardinal Stanisław opened World Youth Day Krakow with prayer and song. The team finished off the day with a big dinner and a good night’s rest, ready for day two!