Washington, DC & El Paso, TX - The St. Columban Mission for Justice, Peace and Ecology (or St. Columban JPE) celebrates Earth Day as an opportunity for people of faith to rededicate themselves to their ecology vocation.
“Earth Day is a great day to celebrate the beauty of God’s creation and give thanks for all the ways that it sustains us,” said Cynthia Gonzalez, Advocacy Coordinator for St. Columban JPE. “At the same time that we celebrate the earth, let us also acknowledge the harm that we are causing to it and dedicate ourselves to making the spirit of Earth Day part of every day.”
One way people of faith can consider making Earth Day part of their everyday life is to get involved with the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. This is the first Earth Day since the agreement’s adoption. In December 2022, the nations of the world and civil society gathered in Montreal, Canada to create the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. This framework seeks to put nature on the path towards recovery by 2030 and create a world living in harmony with nature by 2050. .
“For the next decade, this framework will be a critical tool for restoring creation but it will only be successful if we hold our governments accountable to their promises and get involved ourselves,” said Wesley Cocozello, Communications and Programs Manager for St. Columban JPE. “The framework offers 23 practical targets and picking one to work on can be an achievable way to add your contribution to this global effort.”
St. Columban JPE is a member of Faiths at COP15, an interfaith coalition dedicated to mobilizing people and organizations of faith to implement the Global Biodiversity Framework. You can join them for a webinar on May 24 to learn more about the Framework and how Catholics are growing the concern for biodiversity.
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Contact: Wesley Cocozello, Communications Manager