Next Saturday 30 November, around 300 young Tongans from the Catholic parishes and schools around Auckland, are embarking on a big public clean-up of 25 parks around our city and suburbs. They are from primary and secondary schools, and the younger children will have parents with them to help.
In 2015, Pope Francis published a letter called “Laudate Si” with the subtitle “on care for our common home” which is about our responsibility to care for the planet. In it, the Pope critiques consumerism and irresponsible development, the environment and global warming, and calls all people of the world to take “swift and unified global action”.
The young people, inspired by their study of this letter from Pope Francis as part of their religious studies, have decided that they need to go into action.
Auckland Council has given them the go-ahead and will have their staff in attendance at some of the parks, but they are also working with these young people in a project to plant trees around the city in the New Year.