The International Day of Biodiversity was on 22 May. Since 2020, Faith Ecology Network (FEN) has had a focus on the wonders of biodiversity.
“Building a shared future for all life” is the slogan of this year’s International Day of Biodiversity, chosen in order to continue building momentum and support for the post 2020 global biodiversity framework at the postponed #COP15’s UN Biodiversity Conference to be held later this year.
They go on to say, “Biodiversity remains the answer to several sustainable development challenges. From nature-based solutions to climate, health issues, food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity is the foundation upon which we can build back better.”
In the context of biodiversity collapse, the current work on a post 2020 global biodiversity framework, and the call of our First Nations to heal Country, the FEN Steering Team has led events and prepared resources to listen and learn from knowledge holders and practitioners who help protect species and life systems.
This is so that we, people of diverse faith traditions and none, will grow in our awareness and practice.
At this special time, we invite you to look at and use some of these excellent resources:
Ten Ways Faith Groups Care for Biodiversity
Restoring Biodiversity: Faiths Acting Locally
Biodiversity Emergency: Faiths Regenerating
Ten Ways Faith Groups Care For Biodiversity:
1. Listen to and Learn Wisdom from the Elders
2. Grow in your sense of Place
3. Learn from the ecological Sciences
4. Collaborate with and learn from local groups
5. Become eco-citizens
6. Bring nature into worship/gatherings
7. Develop and use green calendars
8. Be an active voice
9. Grow in the wonder of nature
10. Share successes
For too long, we humans have been exploiting and destroying our planet’s ecosystems. We have become disconnected from the natural world.
In 1992 1,700 scientists warned that human beings and the natural world were “on a collision course”. Biodiversity loss is now at an emergency level.
Australia’s Life Support Systems are on Life Support was how ecologist Professor Lesley Hughes titled her presentation at this World Environment Day webinar held by the Affinity Intercultural Foundation in collaboration with FEN.
She gave us a punchy overview of a February 2021 report on Ecosystem Collapse from the Tropics to Antarctica in which she was one of 38 scientific authors.
This was followed by religious reflections by two FEN members.
This webinar is useful to share with your faith community.
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