In December 2o15, after 21 pilgrims walked from Rome to Paris in time for the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Augustinian Recollect Brother Jaazeal ‘Tagoy’ Jakosalem, initiated the drafting of “Laudato Si’ Manifesto” which would serve as a simple guide (for Catholics, non-Catholics, faith-based groups, civil society, institutions or individuals) on how we should care for our Planet and People. To further develop the Manifesto, he then collaborated with the pilgrimage leader Naderev ‘Yeb’ M. Saño (now, Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia) and pilgrim Rodne ‘Rod’ R. Galicha (now, Lead Convenor of Living Laudato Si’ Philippines), who were also present at a global meeting organized by the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) in Paris, France. Upon completion of the text, the Manifesto was sent to the negotiators, faith-based groups and civil society, and was made public until the Paris Agreement was adopted, and thereafter.
The Manifesto is taken from the texts of the Encyclical of Pope Francis, Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home (abbreviated in this booklet as ‘LS’); these are powerful phrases for the environment. In 2016, Bro. Tagoy added colorful illustrations depicting each commitment to convey the message across all generations.
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