and Laudato Si’:
The latest handbook on two landmark documents and achieving a greener and more sustainable future developed by Living Laudato Si’ Philippines.
“We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental.”
Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ #139
Sustainable Development Goals and Laudato Si’: Towards Eco-Solidarity
The latest LLS handbook navigates the pages of both landmark documents for you and analyzes their interconnectedness in directing global climate action.
As citizens and residents of the Philippines, our resilience is constantly being tested against extreme weather events brought about by climate change. Still, we continue to entertain environmentally destructive endeavors, such as the use of single-use plastics and investing in coal-fired power plants, for profit.
“The main issue with our pursuit of sustainability is that we are so enamored with technological innovations and their material benefits for us. We are losing sight that these solutions are meaningless without our humanity. It is our values on justice, equity, and compassion that will point these solutions towards the direction of sustainability,” says John Leo Algo, Deputy Executive Director of Programs and Campaigns for LLS and main developer of the handbook.
“The main issue with our pursuit of sustainability is that we are so enamored with technological innovations and their material benefits for us. We are losing sight that these solutions are meaningless without our humanity.”
Aside from the original cross-analysis, the handbook features hefty additional content, including ecological programs of note such as the Laudato Si’ Goals and Laudato Si’ Multi-Year Action Platform. It empowers the readers to lead sustainable lives by providing achievable individual and community actions to help contribute to attaining a greener and more sustainable future in line with the SDGs and the principles of Laudato Si’. It also introduces divestment and the Eco-Actions of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Pastoral Letter.
Under the guidance of Rodne Galicha, the Executive Director of LLS the handbook developers are the aforementioned, John Leo Algo, and Wynken Myrrh Gelito, Media & Communications Officer of LLS. As the world faces immediate and long-term threats at the global and local scales, the urgency for a unified approach for attaining sustainability and eco-solidarity has never been stronger. It is our goal in writing this handbook to help achieve that.
About the Handbook
What Are The Differences Between The SDGs And The Laudato Si’?
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to significantly repair the current global economic model as a means to achieve sustainable development. It also envisions a more ecologically responsible economy that also promotes social equalities.
Pope Francis’s encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home prescribes the need for more ethical responsibility towards the environment and other peoples and economic hegemony. It calls for a more drastic shift from capitalist systems towards a culture of global eco-solidarity.
The goal of this handbook is to serve as a guide to see complementary concepts and principles between two of the most significant documents of our time.
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.