In the past two years, a major interdenominational effort in several Asian nations has been planting trees. From the Philippines to Korea to India, churches have also undertaken several diocesan-level activities in the spirit of Laudato Si’. Over the past two years, churches have also translated Laudato Si’ into more than a dozen Asian languages.
And when this much-hyped season is over, what will be the achievement of the churches in Asia? It is time to examine if these activities are enough to change the public psyche and prompt policymakers to consider environmental protection their priority. Will Laudato Si’ and the Season of Creation ever lead to serious action? The seeming cynicism comes not without reason.