The term “Mother Earth” makes us aware of the interdependence between human beings, the various living species and the earth we live on. This interdependence has been clearly demonstrated with the recent pandemic.
The importance of contributing to a more sustainable economy in harmony with nature is now a necessity. As many organizations have pointed out, including the United Nations and the Dicastery for the Service of Integral Human Development, it is urgent to take action now, on an individual and then collective basis.
It will also be a way to respond to the call of Pope Francis who wrote in his encyclical Laudato Si’ : “All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.
This year, 2022, International Mother Earth Day launches the United Nations Decade for Ecosystem Restoration. A good way to start this decade is to read UNEP’s first synthesis report “Making Peace with Nature…”
To continue the reflection and discover suggestions for action, consult the document prepared by the SNJM Water-Ecology Committee.