Małgorzata Zawilska of Poland follows Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ not only through her words but also by her actions.
- Earlier this year, she completed the Laudato Si’ Animator training with Global Catholic Climate Movement.
Passionate people from six continents come together during the training to learn about the root causes of the climate emergency and the core tenets of Laudato Si’. To finish the program, they take action in their communities with a final project.
After completing the training, Małgorzata was feeling inspired and eager to continue taking action for creation.
- She worked with her priest at Mary, Mother of God to form a Laudato Si’ Circle, small groups that meet regularly to deepen their relationship with God as Creator and all of creation.
Her Laudato Si’ Circle welcomed all into the group, preparing Facebook posts to promote the meetings and announcing the Circle gatherings after Sunday Masses.
Małgorzata’s most visible work happened just earlier this month.
- To celebrate the Season of Creation and the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi on 4 October, Małgorzata and GCCM Poland organized for an air quality sensor to be installed by her parish.
The air sensor will not only inform parishioners of air pollution in the area; it will also serve as a visible reminder that the Catholic Church views air pollution as a real problem affecting everyone’s health, and that it’s something that needs to be solved.
Poland has some of the worst smog in the European Union, largely because of the country’s heavy use of coal. In 2016 alone, Poland’s air pollution caused more than 43,000 premature deaths, according to estimates from the European Environment Agency.