Can you imagine a world without bread? Because of the climate crisis, it’s already here.

by | Sep 9, 2021 | Blog, News and Updates, Prayer, Season of Creation | 1 comment

By Magda Noszczyk
Laudato Si’ Movement

We see the Eucharist, this special piece of bread, on posters and everywhere you look. The Eucharist is so important to us Catholics. But can you imagine a world without bread?

Can you imagine a world where we don’t have grains to make flour, then dough, and finally bread. Can you imagine the words of the prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread,” in a world that doesn’t have bread?

But all over the world, right now on this very special Creation Day at the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress, there are people without bread.

I’m talking about kids and their families who live in the streets in the biggest capital cities of Europe; farmers in Asia who lose their crops because of floods and mud avalanches; and local farmers in the Horn of Africa who lack food because of severe droughts.

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Poverty around the world is being made worse because our climate is changing, because of the climate crisis.

I work for the Laudato Si’ Movement, a Spirit-led movement that unites Catholics – but not only Catholics – and Catholic organizations from around the world.

Our old name was the Global Catholic Climate Movement, which described exactly who we were. Our new name, Laudato Si’ Movement, is more powerful and is a prayer. Each time you say “Laudato Si’,” you say a prayer

In this movement, because we seek unity in diversity, organizational and grassroots members come together to pray, collaborate, and mobilize in response to the “cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor.”

Our mission is to inspire and mobilize the Catholic community to care for our common home and achieve climate and ecological justice.

Throughout the world, every day our staff, their grassroots partners, Laudato Si’ Animators, and countless volunteers encounter people who lack bread, people who are suffering because of the climate crisis.

In Europe, we see people suffering because of economies that are hesitant to shift away from fossil fuels, and we witness droughts and historic floods affecting communities and destroying agriculture throughout the continent.

In Asia, we work against extensive monoculture agribusiness, deforestation, and the climate emergency wreaking havoc through stronger storms and rising seas.

In Oceania, we hear the cry of the Earth through the mining and drilling of the ocean floor as well as worsening ocean acidification.

In North America, we work so that millions more people will have life and won’t die because of poor air quality. In South America, we stand with the most vulnerable, those most affected by water pollution, rising deforestation, and the growing number of land conflicts aimed at Indigenous Peoples.

But I didn’t come here to simply share doom-and-gloom messages about our world that lacks bread. I came here to share stories about our sisters and brothers in need of help.

Because behind every story is a person – a boy or girl or Mom or Dad – and that person is suffering. Those people are the cry of the poor that Pope Francis asks us to hear.

On this incredible Creation Day, I also came here to spread hope, the same hope that we Catholics gain from the Eucharist every time we celebrate our Holy Mass.

As people of faith, we always have hope. To quote Pope Francis in Laudato Si’, “Hope would have us recognize that there is always a way out, that we can always redirect our steps, that we can always do something to solve our problems.”

I have hope because Catholics everywhere are coming together to advocate for our common home by signing the “Healthy Planet, Healthy People” petition.

The petition is a powerful way for all Catholics to lift a united voice ahead of two crucial United Nations summits, including the 26th UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, that will take place later this year.

I also have hope because right now, all over the world, Catholics are joining our Christian sisters and brothers and praying and taking action during the ecumenical Season of Creation.

So, please, join me in having hope for all that we do, so that our world and all of our sisters and brothers may always have bread.

Magda Noszczyk of the Laudato Si’ Movement spoke on Creation Day at the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress. This essay is adapted from her speech.

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Peter LeBlanc
Peter LeBlanc
9 months ago

The Sacraments of Food and Forgiveness instituted by Christ to give more Life to all who love living is the mandate we are told to share in the only prayer Jesus taught us. This is the direction we need to follow to be delivered from Evil, or in todays understanding of Global Systemic Injustice. Deacon’82 Environment and Global Interdependence.