MANILA—The Ministry on Ecology of the Archdiocese of Manila organized a seminar for youth leaders at the Ecology Farm of Manila archdiocese in Tagaytay City in a bid to rally the youth to become advocates of environmental protection.
Called “Creation Spirituality and Youth Leadership Training for Climate Change”, the seminar was held last May 5-8.
Youth leaders who participated in the four-day seminar came from dioceses mostly in Luzon and one in Mindanao region, namely, Antipolo, Batangas, Casiguran in Aurora, Cubao in Quezon City, Lingayen in Pangasinan, Mindoro, Nueva Vizcaya, and General Santos City.
The Ministry for Youth Affairs of Cubao diocese sent five youth leaders as participants to the seminar, according to its website www.myacubao.org.
Izza Sagmit, a youth from the Holy Family Parish in GSIS Village, in a post on her facebook page shared her experience of living with God’s creation during the seminar.
“Five days of living in this farm/jungle/forest; sleeping on the ground, eating mostly organic vegetables, taking a bath with fear of being attacked by surrounding frogs, learning to deal with the insects, communicating with roaming chickens and their chicks, holding on to fragile trees, gazing at countless stars…It’s amazing how humans adapt with his/her environment and embrace it. And with this beauty, one cannot fathom how others can consciously destroy all these,” Sagmit said.
Meanwhile, another delegate, Earl Cortez of Holy Family Parish in Roxas District, mentioned in his facebook account that the responsibility of sharing the knowledge of creation becomes a profound sense of obligation because there are so many people that need further education and steps to take action.
“Eating mostly organic vegetables, meet new friends from provinces and new learning’s, I had a great experience while staying in the farm. What is clear is that the crisis is getting worse by the day and it is requiring bigger actions from everyone. We need people to help lead the conversations as Climate Leaders who can empower the will of the masses to grab a hold of this issue, because humanity is certainly worth saving,” Cortez added.
Aside from Sagmit and Cortez, Divine Grace Pineda of the Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Julien Panis of San Antonio de Padua Paris and Ron Papa of St. Joseph of Workers Parish were also sent by MYA-Cubao.