St. Columban famously said: “if you want to know the Creator, look at creation.” As Catholics, we believe that creation - animals, plants, ecosystems, and all natural things - is a sacred gift from God and that God is revealed to us through each member of creation.
In 2019, an international group of scientists predicted that up to one million plant and animal species face extinction due to human activities. This mass extinction has already started, and it will be more severe and longer lasting than any previous mass extinction event. Now more than ever, we know how urgent it is for us as humans to heal our broken relationship with the rest of God’s creation. Because caring for our common home is fundamental to our lives as people of faith and as global citizens.
This page was created by the Columban working work on biodiversity. The working group is chaired by Amy Echeverria and its members include Wesley Cocozello (USA), John Din (Philippines), Rebecca Eastwood (USA), Marjorie Engocy (Fiji), Fr. Sean McDonagh (Ireland), Fr. Liam O'Callaghan (Pakistan), Fr. Kurt Zion Pala (Myanmar), Ellen Teague (Britian), Fr. Dan Troy (China), Fr. Brian Vale (Society Vicar), and Scott Wright (USA).
In 2015, Laudato Si' reminded Catholics of a fundamental Biblical truth: that all creatures are filled with God's love. Read Laudato Si's teaching on biodiversity in paragraphs 32-42 and 62-100.
"Jubilee for the Earth" explores the beauty of biodiversity and the threats it faces. Grounded in Catholic Social Teaching, we hope this podcast will help us all to see how caring for our common home is fundamental to our lives as people of faith and as global citizens.
Learn more about your country's plan to protect biodiversity and whether they're meeting their goals. How can you help hold your government accountable to its plan?
We are living in the sixth major extinction of life since life began on earth 3.8 billion years ago. The last time something similar happened was at the end of the end of the Mesozoic period 65 million years ago when the dinosaurs were wiped out.
“Myanmar’s biodiversity is a reflection of the diversity of it’s peoples. And their lives are intertwined and interconnected.”
History teaches us that pandemics can change things dramatically. Covid-19 will also change history dramatically.
Extractive industries visibly tear open the land and pollute the air and water. What starts to go missing with such disruption isn’t as easily seen -- the animals, plants, the delicate balance of life that forms an eco-system – but is just as harmful, if not more so.
We must respect indigenous communities as the protagonists of their own destinies. In many cases, they've already developed solutions to the problems they face, and their challenge implementing these solutions is that they don't have the cooperation of governments, corporations, and other power-brokers. As citizens and consumers, we have a responsibility to hold these institutions accountable.
The God of creation is calling each of us to reconnect with the natural world and reexamine how our lifestyles impact its wellbeing. The Columban Creation Covenant is a guide to help you do just that. By filling out the Columban Creation Covenant, you are making a commitment to the natural world. "How will I reconnect with God's creation?"
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