22 April marks International Mother Earth Day. In this Easter season, marked once again this year by COVID-19, it is a propitious occasion to revive our awareness of being part of the common home: let us assume the vulnerability that makes us human and links us to all the other beings of Creation and to listen to “both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” (Laudato Si’, n. 49).
Pope Francis has already stated that “everything is connected” (Laudato Si’, nn. 16, 91, 117, 138, 240).
The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to FAO, IFAD and WFP, Monsignor Fernando Chica Arellano, has stressed in an article that this day “invites us to ask ourselves sincerely, to ponder with urgency and to analyse with rigour the current situation our planet is going through”. In fact, he says, “it is the great challenge that we have to face quickly, and this must be done by considering the problems related to the protection of the environment as a way to increase in us the urgent moral need to weave our relationships with the precious thread of a renewed solidarity, not only between nations but also between individuals, since God has given the fruits of the earth to all human beings, so that their use implies a personal responsibility towards humanity as a whole, particularly towards the needy and towards future generations”.