That was Pope Francis to the president of Ecuador one year ago, and his remarks tip his hand for a forthcoming document that will address humanity’s relationship with the environment. However, it shouldn’t take a papal document to remind us humans to mind our non-human neighbors. Two disasters – one past, the other present – serve as a reminder that human carelessness damages our environment and our credibility with Mother Nature.
Tag Archive for environmental awareness
The Environmental crisis and its consequences on all of us are too well known to need explanation. The situation urges all of us to spread awareness, especially among children, youth and rural folk, about the critical condition of our Earth, and about what we can do to save Mother Earth. God created us in His own image and likeness. He entrusted us with the task of sustaining this beautiful Earth and nurturing all Creation for the benefit of all. What is happening today?
Helping us understand the topic of sustainability is Robert (Bob) Brinkmann, Director of Sustainability Studies at Hofstra University and the Director of Sustainability Research at the National Center for Suburban Studies. He is also a consultant with the United Nations on sustainability issues. In addition, Dr. Brinkmann is a professor in Hofstra University’s Department of Geology, Environment and Sustainability. He chairs the Board of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Cave and Karst Studies.
The third in our occasional series on the ecological sciences looks at biodiversity and the extinction of species. What is biodiversity and why is it important? What do the numbers tell us about how much of it we’re losing and why? Answering these and other question is Dr. Peter Raven, an active member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and one of the world’s leading botanists and advocates of conservation and biodiversity. Described by Time magazine as a “Hero for the Planet,” Dr. Raven champions research around the world to preserve endangered plants and is a leading advocate for conservation and a sustainable environment.
Manila’s Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle opened the “Season of Creation” on September 1st with a Mass celebrated at the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Baclaran, Parañaque City. In it, he offered some of the most impassioned environmental words to date by a Prince of the Church. Archbishop’s homily, which stressed the Catholic role in environmental appreciation and protection.“God’s creations should be given importance and not taken for granted,” he said. He said that Filipino Catholics “should be awed and celebrate all creations of God.” Like Pope Francis and his predecessors, the archbishop called for changes in lifestyles so that humanity lives in accord with the laws of nature.