World Wildlife Day is a reminder that our planet is home to every life form we know. We share our common home.
This year's theme 'Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining people and planet' highlights the central role of forests, forest species and ecosystems services 'in sustaining the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people globally, and particularly of Indigenous and local communities with historic ties to forested and forest-adjacent areas'.
Peter Wohlleben, author of 'The Hidden Life of Trees' tells us “When you know that trees experience pain and have memories and that tree parents live together with their children, then you can no longer just chop them down and disrupt their lives with larger machines.”
Without nature’s help, “we will not thrive or even survive”, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday, 18 February, launching a major report on the environment, 'Making Peace with Nature'. “Human well-being lies in protecting the health of the planet”, said Mr. Guterres. Find out more
'Making Peace with Nature is the defining task of the 21st century. UNEP's new report offers a blueprint for the sustainable world we need, with practical recommendations on how to tackle the three planetary crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution'.
Watch the video (1:44). Read the Report (168 pps)
Mercy Global Presence is an organic entity and a countercultural sign in a globalised world which has made more extreme the displacement of persons and degradation of Earth. Mercy Global Presence links congregations/institutes, individual Sisters of Mercy and Associates, partners in Mercy, and Mercy International Association in creative and energising ways.
Mercy Global Presence reflection sessions will begin again this month.
February MGP Meeting Zoom details:
Topic: Mercy Global Presence - reflection overview facilitated by Adele Howard
Segment 3 Presence. Theme 3. Presence in Ministry and Community
and Theme 4. Presence to Self and Others
Tuesday, February 23 at 11.00 AM AEDT
Meeting ID: 851 8636 5031
Other upcoming MGP Sessions
Tuesday, April 13th 11.00am - Segment 4 Integrated. Theme 1. Contemplative Seeing
Tuesday May 4th 11.00am - Segment 4 Integrated Theme 2. Compassionate Heart
Tuesday June 8th 11.00am - Segment 4 Integrated Theme 3. Mercying
Tuesday July 6th 11.00am. - Segment 4 Integrated Theme 4. Creating Circles and Culture of Mercy
15-17 March 2021
In celebrating the journey since the launch of Laudato Si’, the Vatican’s Dicastery of Integral Human Development has launched the special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year and the seven-year challenge of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform.
Against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, rising sea waters in the Pacific and the collapse of overlapping ecosystems, this moment impels us to go deeper into the implications of the encyclical, celebrate its impact so far and take seriously our urgent responsibilities as people of faith and members of the Church to heal and restore Earth’s community of life.
The Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea, in partnership with the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy at ACU and the CRA Ecology Alliance Committee, invite you to join us as we explore this call in collaboration with a wide range of internationally acclaimed scholars, animators, media personnel and practitioners
More information and registration details here