Ecology

ECOLOGY

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Experiencing the ecological awakening

The Challenge

We live in a time when science and theology offer reliable global insights about the interconnectedness of life and matter in all forms throughout the universe. This enriches our understanding of the world as a source of deep contemplation and sacred activity, calling us to the heart of what it means to be inclusive and reconciled in all ways with the Whole. It challenges us to re-evaluate prior perceptions, previous understanding, and unquestioned practices.

The Asia Pacific Region is home to the most abundant and diverse of animal and vegetative species on the planet.  However, we humans have looked at Mother Earth primarily in terms of what we can get from her. We have pillaged her resources and destroyed the balance of nature in the process.

The reality is that those with the fewest natural, environmental, and economic resources are those most harmed by environmental destruction. Those most vulnerable are women and children.  Likewise, indigenous communities suffer and are threatened by environmental destruction.

The Vision

Good Shepherd seeks to view our cosmos anew, with a vision of justice.

  • A new story of the Universe. 

  • A new understanding that we are not the masters of the earth but just one of the members in the community of life.

  • A Vision of the web of life as a system of connections where everything is interrelated, interconnected and inter-dependent.

The Solidarity

Our first response is to contemplate reality. We learn from the natural world and from groups, such as women and indigenous communities, who are most adversely affected by ecological violence.

We admit our complicity in perpetuating dualistic and domineering attitudes about the earth. We understand that reconciliation with our earth calls for a new consciousness, a new identity, and new behaviors centered on the kinship of all creation and the implementation of human rights for all. Interdependence demands inclusion of all – non-living and living, non- human and human – without discrimination.

We stand together with people of goodwill everywhere calling for a new consciousness, a new identity, centred on the kinship of all creation and the implementation of Human Rights for all.

At the UN Conference on Climate Change - COP23 - held in Bonn, Germany in 2017 scores of religious leaders and people of diverse faiths and spiritualities on bicycles, delivered a multi-faith statement, pledging to adopt sustainable behaviours themselves and calling on their followers and world leaders to do the same.

Interfaith Climate Declaration

Click here - Interfaith Climate Declaration, COP23, Bonn Germany 2017

 

The Programmes

Good Shepherd projects and action with specific environmental focus:

  • Philippines.

  • Vietnam.

  • Promoting new understandings of ecological spirituality.

  • Developing Green Policies. 

  • Developing regional awareness of practices which impact on the environment.

  • Participation in Earth Day. 

Resources

Click here for Advent and Lent resources published in Newsbrief, a publication of USG-UISG Commission for Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation -

https://ecospiritualityresources.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/adventinthenewuniversestory-9-9-14.pdf;

https://ecospiritualityresources.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/lent-2015-creation-covenant.pdf.