Tony’s dad had been an environmental activist for a long time and this commitment had rubbed off on to the teenagers who were keen scouts. However, all together the family decided to take up the challenge of global warming and so they worked on their carbon footprints. How much carbon were they each emitting into the atmosphere by electricity being wasted, unnecessary driving by car instead of walking to the shop or riding a bike? What could they save and so give back?
In all things I have shown you that by so toiling one must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus and how he said “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:28-38
Pope Francis: Nature holds a special attraction for many adolescents and young people who recognize our need to care for the environment. Such is the case with the scouting movement and other groups that encourage closeness to nature, camping trips, hiking, expeditions and campaigns to improve the environment. In the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi, such experiences can be a real initiation into the school of universal fraternity and contemplative prayer. CV 228.