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# 231 Love, overflowing with small gestures of mutual care, is also civic andpolitical, and it makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world.# 236 It is in the Eucharist that all that has been created finds its greatestexaltation. Joined to the incarnate Son, present in the Eucharist, the whole cosmosgives thanks to God. The Eucharist is also a source of light and motivation for ourconcerns for the environment, directing us to be stewards of all creation.Witness: A pilgrimage for creationAn Easter pilgrimage in the diocese of Northampton brought parishionersfrom five churches together to contemplate the beauty of creation and the dangersof climate change. This is his story:“This pilgrimage was something we wanted to do to make a difference,”explains Alban MacDonald, who helped organise a fifty-mile walk through thebeautiful Bedfordshire countryside.“The climate change theme was spot on for us,” says Alban. “We need tothink not just of ourselves right now, but what’s going to happen to futuregenerations.” The pilgrimage took place as part of CAFOD’s One Climate, One Worldcampaign, which is calling on politicians to work together to tackle climate changeand support the transition to sustainable energy. Tessa Wiseman, who took part in11 |G E - E 3E N V I R O N M E N T A L S C I E N C E P r e p a r e d b yM E R L I T A D . A Q U I A T A N
the pilgrimage, points out “We are all affected by a changing climate, whether hereor overseas. People in countries such as Peru, Kenya, and Bangladesh are alreadyfeeling the effects and it’s the most vulnerable communities that are at risk.” Aftereach walk, the group sat down over well-earned tea and cake to reflect, usingtopics suggested by CAFOD’s postcard reflections. They signed action cards urgingBritain’s political leaders to stop climate change pushing people deeper intopoverty. As Alban explains: “My message to political leaders is to take climatechange seriously, and reflect carefully on what climate change is doing, not just toour communities but really to the poorest communities in the world.”Ponder on this“Love makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world”- Laudato Si'#231------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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