"We are losing our attitude of wonder, of contemplation, of listening to creation and thus we no longer manage to interpret within it what Benedict XVI calls 'the rhythm of the love-story between God and man.'"
+ Pope Francis
Interfaith Oceans goes live
With the harm caused by human activity on our oceans becoming more evident, an interfaith group has assembled an online resource to bring to the world the means to tackle this growing crisis.
InterfaithOceans.org is “a multi-faith campaign that encourages religious and spiritual communities to join with scientists to appreciate the gifts of the ocean systems, species, and coastal communities—and work together to protect and restore them.”
While still being added to, it’s already an important piece of faith-based eco-advocacy. When fully built out it will offer:
- a Religious Declaration of Ocean Emergency
- an overview of major ocean issues with action responses and links to climate change and marine conservation campaigns and organizations
- faith resources for teaching the connections to individual religious backgrounds and ocean care, and shared interfaith rationale and ethic on common principles
- interfaith ocean ethic and pledge and links to other faith pledges
- timely actions and ongoing ones
- a blog for news of Interfaith Ocean actions or guest blogs
This is definitely a resource to spend time with and to share. Our planetary oceans are under great stress—the result of human sin on a global scale.
The answer, then, is the witness and the work of people of faith. For it will be with faith that we as a species will veer away from the self-centered temptations of sin and live instead for the good of all people—and for all that God created.
Visit Interfaith Oceans here.
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Catholic Ecology posts my regular column in the Rhode Island Catholic, as well as scientific and theological commentary about the latest eco-news, both within and outside of the Catholic Church. What is contained herein is but one person's attempt to teach and defend the Church's teachings - ecological and otherwise. As such, I offer all contents of this blog for approval of the bishops of the Church. It is my hope that nothing herein will lead anyone astray from truth.