A group of volunteers in the small municipality of Timburi in the Brazilian State of São Paulo, has been cleaning the Paranapanema River since 2009, even though it is one of the least polluted in the area. Applying the principles of “Laudato si’”, this local effort to safeguard our common home seeks to reawaken everyone’s responsibility for the care of creation. Almir Minozi believes in the global impact of this type of initiative. Even though the river is 2,000 km away from Timburi, he says it is fundamental “to be aware of the importance of conserving the Amazon in order to safeguard the environment in which we live”.