“Redemptorist "biking priest" Amado
"Picx" Picardal arrived in Manila Sunday for the Manila and North
Luzon legs of his 56-day, 4,750-kilometer bike tour for peace. The Catholic Bishops Conference of the
Philippines (CBCP) said Monday that Picardal will deliver his letter of concern
to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in Malacañang on April 27.
"On April 27, on his way back from Northern Luzon, he will bike around Manila and deliver (his) letter to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo," the CBCP said on its website Monday.
Picardal is expected to tour Northern Luzon then make his Malacañang delivery on his way back from the north, it said. Earlier, Picardal said that while he does not expect President Arroyo to receive him or his letter personally, he will make its contents public once he formally submits it to the Palace. He said his letter to Mrs Arroyo will denounce her and her government for perpetuating a "culture of death." "Delivering a letter to Malacañang is just a side trip and I don't expect the President to meet me or to read the letter - it is just symbolic. I will make the contents of the letter public - in it I will denounce the President for perpetuating the culture of death and corruption and for being a hypocrite (she goes to Mass every day and claims that it is God's will that she is president). Although I want her to resign, I will not be demanding her resignation because I know that it will be futile - she will continue to cling to power at all cost," he said in his Web log in March. Also, he said his letter will tell Arroyo she will face the judgment of history and of God, and her worst punishment will be to live the rest of her life in shame and disgrace.” (http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/87989/news/nation/biking-priest-in-manila-to-deliver-letter-to-arroyo).
We are being reminded that we human beings are responsible for climate change due to our materialism and consumerist lifestyle, deforestation, dependence on fossil burning fuel for our cars, factories, power-plan which emits carbon dioxide or greenhouse gases into the atmosphere resulting in global warming and climate change. As the oceans gets warmer, the super-typhoons have become the new normal.
As I bike across the country, I don't expect bikers to join me although they are welcome to join me for a few hours as I pass their cities. But I only hope that there will be more and more people who will ride the bike to their workplace or school, and also for sightseeing and adventure. Riding at 18-
Will there be more super-typhoons coming? Undoubtedly, yes. It is the new normal. And besides super-typhoons, there also other disasters predicted. More flooding even from ordinary rain More long dry spell or drought. With the polar icecaps melting at an unprecedented rapid rate and the ocean rising gradually, a time will come when coastal towns and cities will experience more flooding and God forbid – will be submerged, hopefully not in our lifetime. All of these are manifestations of globa warming and climate change. And it will get worse in the years to come. According to PAG-ASA by 2020, there will be a rise in temperature of .09 to 1.1 degree Celsius and 1.8 to
Almost 25 years ago, John Paul II warned about climate change in his World Day of Peace Message (1990):
Climate change is the effect of the destruction of the environment by humans.
Failure to mitigate climate change will violate our duty to the vulnerable of the Earth, including those dependent on the water supply of mountain glaciers, and those facing rising sea level and stronger storm surges. Our duty includes the duty to help vulnerable communities adapt to changes that cannot be mitigated. All nations must ensure that their actions are strong enough and prompt enough to address the increasing impacts and growing risk of climate change and to avoid catastrophic irreversible consequences.
We should operate on the principle of community participation in disaster risk reduction and management. We should avoid fostering a dependent-victim mentality.
We, too, are vulnerable to the disasters that may be caused by climate change. We also need to go through the process of disaster risk assessment and reduction and adopt our own protocols for disaster management .
To sum up, these are the urgent tasks in our mission:
Initial Plan for the BEC National Assembly
1. The 2015 BEC National Assembly will be held in Manila/NCR
2. Tentative date: November 11-14, 2015
3. Attendance: maximum of 15 official delegates including the bishops
4. Accommodation (including supper & breakfast) for Delegates) : Foster parishes/BECs /families within archdiocese of Manila & nearby NCR dioceses
5. Tentative Venue for Plenary & General Assembly : La Salle Greenhills
6. The host archdiocese of Manila and NCR dioceses will be asked to take care of the meals and snacks in the venue of general assembly (from donations raised from their parishes & BECs)
7. All members of BECs in NCR and neighboring dioceses will be invited to attend the final day culmination liturgy and program (bring your own provision)
8. Main Speakers: Cardinal Tagle and Cardinal Quevedo
9. Suggested theme should highlight the link between BEC and Vatican II
(final plan and details of program and accommodation will be announced later)