On Tuesday, April 20th join Jane Goodall and Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson for a special webinar on biological diversity hosted by the Vatican in partnership with the Parliament of the World's Religions, Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), REPAM, REBAC, River Above Asia Oceania Ecclesial Network (RAOEN), CIDSE, Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA), ISVUMI, Columbans, LISTEN, Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, and the International Union of Superiors General (UISG).
Today we face multiple crises. The COVID health crisis, the climate crisis, and the biodiversity crisis are three interconnected crises calling us to change direction towards a regenerative civilization with an integral ecological story and pattern of life. The 2020 United Nations Global Biodiversity Report notes the importance of biodiversity in addressing climate change, long-term food security and concludes that action to protect biodiversity is essential to prevent future pandemics. We, leaders of universities, scientific research, and ecclesial bodies sense that we are at an inflection point, with life-altering consequences and a responsibility to act.
It is time to amplify Pope Francis’ teachings in Laudato Si’ to co-create life-giving relationships with the creation and inspire thousands of people to do the same with the output of our roundtable, public webinar, education, and advocacy to regenerate healthy ecosystems on Earth. When biodiversity flourishes, human life flourishes.