Article from Parish Bulletin – The Arrow on October 20, 2019
I recently received an email from a student in our parish school who has taken to heart the concerns of Pope Francis about care for our environment. I share it with you in the hopes that it brings you inspiration. Here is the email:
On Friday, September 20, St. Giles teachers had professional development. What does that mean for students? A DAY OFF OF SCHOOL!!! Most of my friends were getting together to ride bikes outside, play video games or go on a long weekend away with family. Not me!
Instead, I rode the green line train from Oak Park Avenue to the Roosevelt stop. The train was packed with students and adults all excited to unite for change. After getting off the train, I walked to the Trader Joe’s on Roosevelt Road and met up with The Climate Reality Project to attend the Youth Climate Strike.
Why would a 12-year-old boy spend his Friday off of school participating in the Youth Climate Strike?
Well, I love science, and I read a lot about the changes that are occurring in our world. I understand that we as humans need to make more mindful choices. We need to be aware that our choices affect the health of our world. It is not safe for us to be leaving liter, polluting our water, and filling the air with chemical gasses. We must be mindful of the impact we have on the planet.
As I marched from Grant Park to Federal Plaza, I was surrounded by an incredible energy. Thousands of people were in the streets chanting and holding up signs. I was able to walk with them and chant with them as well. I was surrounded by kids my age, little kids, teenagers, parents and grandparents. We all had, and have, one goal – to demand action from our leaders.
I was inspired by participating in this march, and I’m going to continue to educate myself about changes that I can make, my family can make and my school and community can make.
We, as a people, need to protect the greatest gift God has given us and that is life.
7th Grade – St. Giles School
With you a Christian. For you a priest.
Father Carl Morello – Pastor of St. Giles Parish