Our project SÚMATE 2022 contest came to an end. We had the opportunity to encounter the winning team CAMYF, who participated with the development of a Biogarden in an area of poverty and extreme poverty, raising awareness about the care of the land in the Human Settlement “Nuevo Paraíso” in Nuevo Chimbote, Ancash (Peru).
The Súmate contest was held for the first time in 2021 with the aim of raising awareness of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si and responding to his invitation to continue caring for our common home. Súmate 2022, sponsored by SURGE and JPIC invited young people between the ages of 14 and 25 to transform a space to create a green space.
While on lockdown, I recently learned about an area of international collaboration that has me fascinated. I’m referring to mangrove conservation and restoration efforts. Of course, first, I learned about mangroves. I never cease to marvel at how rich they are for our planet. Among other benefits, they protect coastlines from extreme weather events, support local communities, are home to many species, and have an impressive ability to sequester carbon dioxide. I invite you to do some research on the subject because there is much to learn, and there are ways we can support these efforts.
HELLO…!!!! TODAY WE ARE YOUTH IN ACTION and we have proposed 3 great ideas by means of which we commit to recognize that simple actions can lead to great changes: we apply recycling to contribute to the care of our common home, to complement this wonderful idea we seek to heal through sowing while promoting more green spaces, more crops, more life and oxygen; none of this could be achieved if we do not apply our third idea which is prayer, prayer with our families who are the ones who accompany us in our first impulses, this little moment in which we entrust ourselves to the Lord and ask for the ending to the situation we are going through with this pandemic.
We are all called to belong to the church because, in the end, we are the church, the community that our Lord Jesus Christ founded.
Praised be the Incarnate Word!