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).

How can you get involved?

Laudato-Si Encyclical-Care for Our Common Home

Laudato Si' and Biodiversity

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 Earth

Listen to the Podcast

"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.

Advocate for Biodiversity

Advocate for Biodiversity

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?

 

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