The show, titled Chatroom, took place at the NBC studio and aired its first episode for 2021 this week on NBC radio and television, and it also aired live on Facebook. The 4 participants in the program were staff members of the PNGSI Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
Participants discussed the issue of environmentally displaced persons (IDPs), addressing Pope Francis’ encyclical âLaudato Siâ and its connection to today’s natural disasters that force people to abandon their homeland. .
âLaudato siâ has the subtitle âon the protection of our common homeâ, and the Pope criticizes consumerism and irresponsible development, deplores the degradation of the environment and global warming, and calls on all the peoples of the world to take “rapid and unified global action.”
During the discussion, Abigail Seta, head of social communications for CBC, said the phrase was Latin for “Praise be to you” and was a call for everyone to engage in a global dialogue to help improve the current state of our planet Earth.
âThis is a relevant encyclical today because we can see the major changes in the environment due to human activities. It serves as a tool to motivate each of us to make better decisions for improving the environment in the future, âshe said.
Ms Seta said that pollution, inappropriate waste disposal and a throwaway culture generated by all of us have helped destroy existing ecosystems which ultimately damaged sustainable environments.
“With EDP, people depend on the environment for their livelihoods but then have to relocate to different areas due to environmental degradation, with exosystem services such as agriculture, fishing and forestry affected.” , she said.
Refugee resettlement worker Donatus Nahak spoke of Matthew 5:13 – 16, a scripture that speaks of discipleship and morality. He said it was humanity’s role to help each other and become the âSalt and Lightâ that is needed to care for all of God’s creations.
âMany of these communities do not have a voice in the public sphere, and they need those who have a voice to speak for them, those who have a face to represent the faceless. Although these are displaced communities, there is still hope and a bright future in these difficult and uncertain times, âsaid Donatus.
Nigel Akuani, head of media at CBC, focused on the issue of globalization and industrialization in western countries and its negative impact on the livelihoods of people in small island countries located in the region of l ‘Oceania and Asia-Pacific.
âAt the current rate of industrialization of developed countries with the intention of making quick profits, rising sea levels threaten to engulf islands. Soil contamination is more evident than before, rendering food crops in vain. Families, children and individuals are now forced to suffer the effects of displacement, âhe said.
Closing the discussion, Documentation Officer Kelma Ragina reflected on Laudato Si ‘and said it was a call for humanity to start protecting Earth. It required the involvement of all generations, young and old.
âThe encyclical was addressed to every person on this planet, asking us to protect our common home, and that destroying the environment is a sin. Young people are not only the future stewards of our planet, but also talented and passionate agents for transformative change in our economies and communities, as well as in the way we protect natural ecosystems, âshe said. .
Tribe 92FM executive producer Ms Matilda Gaveva said she was grateful to finally be able to put Chatroom back on air with the added benefit of going live on NBC Television, after a long hiatus caused by the Covid lockdown -19.
The discussion was linked to World Environment Day, under the theme âRestoration of ecosystemsâ.
Next Chatroom session on Wednesday 9e In June, grade 12 students from St Charles Lwanga High School will discuss the topic âDeclaration of PNG as a Christian Countryâ.
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