Nicaragua: For the love of God, let’s care for the environment

In a month’s time, we’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day and, as part of the Climate Coalition, we’ll be asking you to #showthelove and let everyone know why acting on climate change is a crucial part of loving our neighbours.

Show the love – tell your MP why you care about action to protect the environment and tackle climate change

Twenty-six-year-old teacher, Lazaro Salvador Gutierrez Gonzalez, lives in a village in the municipality of Jinotega in the dry corridor of Nicaragua, an area prone to irregular rainfall and drought. Here he reflects on how the love of God motivates him to care for his environment.

Lazaro Salvador Gutierrez Gonzalez
Lazaro Salvador Gutierrez Gonzalez

This was a very poor community, difficult to get to, and very few organisations came here. But CAFOD partner Caritas Jinotega came. I can say truly it is an organisation that is concerned for its neighbour, that seeks out love and God sent it here to share this love for its neighbour.

The climate is difficult here because it is hot, so when Caritas brought trees to plant it was a moment of joy for me. I said to myself, I am going to make a change here, I am going to see this area reforested.

This is my dream

So we started to plant the trees, always with the hope that they will grow big, and that we will have cleaner air, a fresher climate. Worm composting gives us organic compost to help the plants to grow and the children that I teach learn to look after the plants, and have the hope of seeing new plants and fruit. This is my dream: to bring nature to the school.

Our natural resources are in decline. We should stand up against deforestation, against wastage of our environment and waste of water. Let’s plant instead of cutting down trees. Let’s love our environment because God has given it to us for our survival. If we keep destroying natural resources, the agony of the earth will be our agony.

Let’s share love, but real love

I believe we should respect the earth. We should think of God, because he created the earth. If we destroy a plant, we destroy something that he has made, we are going against him. If we love God, we should love our planet because he gave us this for survival. And in so doing we will show our gratitude for all that God has given us.

So let’s work together to make a difference in our communities. Working together, we are stronger. Let’s share love, but real love. Let’s find God’s way because God tells us to work hand in hand. So I say to you, in England and Wales, let’s love one another, let’s struggle together, and together we will achieve great things.

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Author: CAFOD

CAFOD stands for the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development. We are an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. We stand beside people living in poverty – whatever their religion or culture. Through local church partners, we help people directly in their own communities, and campaign for global justice, so that everyone can reach their full potential. How to get involved with CAFOD None of our work is possible without you. Whether you donate, campaign, download prayers or volunteer we are grateful for your support.

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