Protectors of Mother Earth around the world courageously speak out against the impacts of extractive industries. Their deep understanding of the interconnectedness of all beings calls them to make great sacrifices to protect water, land and sacred territory. May we learn from their courage, and their reverence for life.
We pray for and with...
- Ngäbe people in Panama, accompanied by Mercy Sister Edia “Tita” Lopez, who are protecting their river and cultural heritage from a hydro-electric dam project.
- Lenca people in Honduras standing against dams, mines, logging and large-scale agriculture on their land.
- For the indigenous people accompanied by our Filipino sisters, specifically in Mindanao, who continuously struggle to protect the land and whose leaders are being killed because of their strong opposition to mining and other destructive transnational activities.
- Standing Rock Sioux who continue to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, which is now carrying oil under the Missouri River near their reservation, and who call attention to the risks of leaks impacting the drinking water of millions of Americans.
- members of the Mercy family who stand with the people of Flint and Detroit, Michigan, to address gross violations of their human right to water and sanitation .
- women and youth of ARISE, an empowerment program on the Texas-Mexico border, who are advocating for a greater voice in decisions about the local drainage system. They hope to minimize flooding that damages roads and homes and traps residents in their neighborhoods; that overflows septic tanks to cause contaminated water to flow to other parts of the region and pollute groundwater along the way; and that creates risks of mosquito-borne diseases with the stagnant, pooled water.
- native people, ranchers and others in Nebraska seeking to prevent the Keystone XL pipeline from being routed through their state.
- Mercys around the world—from Australia to Argentina and Ireland to California—protesting fracking amid concerns, among other things, of the risks of water being contaminated by the chemicals used in the process.
“Everything is related, and we human beings are united as brothers and sisters on a wonderful pilgrimage, woven together by the love God has for each of his creatures and which also unites us in fond affection with Brother Sun, Sister Moon, Brother River, and Mother Earth.” – Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ 92