From Filth to Life – how a dying lake was brought back to life

“The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.”
– Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ (LS 21)

Editor’s Note: In his 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis is graphic and shocking when he states:

“The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.”
– Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ (LS 21)

It is disheartening when we find trash recklessly dumped on the side of the road or tossed over a hedgerow, with no care for the environmental impact or any thought given to the ascetic damage created, and thoughtlessly left for others to clean up.

Dr. Marino Morikawa

But then, now and again, there comes a story that awakens hope and joy and here is one that the SMA Communications Department recently discovered. It’s the story of a Peruvian scientist of Japanese origin, Dr. Marino Morikawa, who was so disturbed by the pollution done to a lake in which he fished with his father as a child, he decided he would find a way of bringing it back to life, using his own resources and money. 

Here is his inspiring story: