The rally, organized by the school’s Environmental Concerns Committee, is a response to Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical “Laudato Si’: On Care For Our Common Home,” said a press release from the school.
Participants are encouraged to bring signs that “state how they protect creation.” Angela Lincoln, a theology teacher and moderator of the Environmental Concerns Committee, said “We want our chants and signs to encourage motorists and pedestrians to think about their own actions and how they impact our planet.”
Assumption students are also inviting participants to post a “selfie” showing them holding their signs on social media using the hashtag #RallyToProtectCreation. Lincoln said they are hoping to get “hundreds” of young people involved in the rally or on social media.
Correna Tate, a senior who helped to organize the rally, said, “It’s important for young people to participate in the rally because it is an opportunity to educate the community. Anyone passing by on that day will see how much passion young people in Louisville have. We are the future policymakers, scientists and religious leaders and this is a chance for us to show the world what we care about.”
The rally is part of a global effort called “Season of Creation,” connecting Christians around the world in caring for creation.