A Lenten Earth Day

Earth Day in the Philippines will not be as lively, festive and jubilant this year. The annual commemoration of the day intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment incidentally falls this year on the same day as Good Friday, which is observed primarily by Christians all over the world to remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary.

I would like to believe that celebrating Earth Day at the same time with Good Friday serves as a relevant reminder to us of the value of life and the lives that have been sacrificed to the altar of social and environmental justice. It reminds us of those few who chose to step up to the challenges of our time to live up to our ideals, even if it entails offering their very lives so that the dream of a better world would be fulfilled.
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