Laudato Si’ as a way of life; Sustainability is the future
As part of the Church’s social teaching, Laudato Si’ is particularly relevant to the Catholic faithful here in the Philippines. We are Asia’s largest Catholic community, and we are one of the most dramatically affected by the environmental changes the Pope so eloquently speaks about in this encyclical.
Recognizing the urgency of the problem and the requirements of our faith, we are calling on our Catholic institutions—our parishes, our dioceses, our religious orders, our schools, our Catholic communities—to come together and make our voices heard in the most powerful way we can today.
We urge you to stop allowing your financial resources to be used to support these harmful activities. Tell the appointed stewards of your financial resources to withhold deposits, investments, and loans to institutions that are engaged in or enable the growth of businesses and ventures that harm the environment.
We call on financial institutions to divest from environmentally harmful activities
“Save Earth, Save Generation” by Adrian Pacres
Living Laudato Si’ Philippines started as an interfaith movement initiated by Catholic lay people calling on Philippine financial institutions to divest from coal-related operations and other environmentally harmful activities.
The organization was formally launched on November 7, 2018, at the Manila Cathedral on the eve of the fifth anniversary of super typhoon Yolanda’s landfall in the Philippines. It aims to empower citizens to adopt lifestyles and attitudes that live up to the urgent need to care for our common home. It acts towards promoting sustainable development and stopping the climate crisis and degradation through collective action among people from different sectors.
We are inspired by Pope Francis’s second encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.
We encourage people, especially the Catholic community, to proudly wave the green flag for the environment and live by the Church’s social teachings.
“Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day. Its worst impact will probably be felt by developing countries in coming decades.” Laudato Si’ 25
This initiative is anchored towards its mandate to promote sustainable development and counter environmental degradation. It is a mirror of Pope Francis’ visions to save the earth through the strength of collective action. Hence, we must—Divest for sustainability and invest in our Common Home.
Read the Pope’s message
The LLS Secretariat team oversees the programs of the movement and manages the day to day activities of the organization.
Deputy Executive Director for Programs and Campaigns
Bp. Gerry Alminaza
Project Officer for Paralegal & Local Government Engagement
Acting Human Resource Officer
News and Information Officer
Advocacy Officer for Local Actions & Community Engagement
Strategic Communications Officer
Creative & New Media Coordinator