Columbans have published their sixth and final podcast on the theme of biodiversity, writes Ellen Teague.
Fr Joshtrom Kureethadam, Co-ordinator for ‘Ecology and Creation’ at the Vatican Dicastery for Integral Human Development, speaks to the Columban International JPIC Co-odinator about how to reimagine the Biblical vision of Jubilee for the 21st century.
In our age of ecological crisis – where we see rampant consumerism and indifference to Earth’s biodiversity – how can each of us help build a movement to care for our common home and begin a new chapter in Earth’s history?Our challenge today as people of faith is to reimagine the Biblical vision of Jubilee for the earth and all people for the 21st century.
Fr Kureethadam suggests that action over the next seven years should involve:
- Reducing fossil fuels and promote renewable energy
- Defending all life on Earth
- Sustainable economics, including ethical investment
- Adoption of simple lifestyles
- Ecological education
- Ecological Spirituality
- Caring for Creation in local communities
In time for the 2020 Season of Creation, the Missionary Society of St Columban launched a podcast mini-series about the beauty of biodiversity and the threats it faces. Six episodes were released throughout the 2020 Season of Creation (1st September – 4th October).
The fourth podcast ‘Nonviolence for the Earth’ featured Fr Pat Cunningham in Seoul, Ellen Teague in London, and Scott Wright in Washington. Columbans believe that violence done to the Earth is linked to a global economy based on protecting fossil fuels and extractive industries. Poor and indigenous communities are the first victims. Destructive practices – such as a new military base on Jeju Island in South Korea – destroy fragile ecosystems and the biodiversity and cultural diversity of peoples who depend on and take care of creation. Environmental defenders increasingly face violence as they defend human and environmental rights.
Called ‘Jubilee for the Earth: Biodiversity & Our Sacred Story,’ the six podcasts explore biodiversity and a related issue like economic justice, peace, migration, and other topics related to Catholic Social Teaching. Columbans from around the world talk about their work to renew the face of the Earth. Grounded in Catholic Social Teaching, the Columbans hope that these podcasts will help a growth in understanding of how caring for “our common home”, as Pope Francis calls it, is fundamental to our lives as people of faith and as global citizens.
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The series of all six podcasts at: www.columbancenter.org/jubileepodcast