World Environment Day

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Good Shepherd Position on Ecology PAGE 14  GS_Position_Papers  In responding fully to our Good Shepherd Congregational Position on Ecology, it is critical to:

Adapted from resources published by the Uniting Church in Australia National Assembly 222 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW Australia

International Mother Earth Day – April 22

Mother Earth is a common expression for the planet earth in a number of countries and regions, which reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet. For instance, Bolivians call Mother Earth Pachamama and Nicaraguans refer to her as Tonantzin.

The proclamation of 22 April as International Mother Earth Day is an acknowledgement that the Earth and its ecosystems provide its inhabitants with life and sustenance. It also recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity.  Read more

International Mother Earth Day was celebrated at the UN on Wednesday 20th April with an Interactive Dialogue with the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature   There were two panels.  It is the second panel presentation that is webcast.  All panelists are experts in their field.   Riane Eisler book “The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics” (2007) is highly recommeded.   

Interactive Panel Debate 1: Ways to promoting a holistic approach to sustainable development in harmony with nature


  • Mr. Martin Khor, Executive Director of the South Center


  • Ms. Vandana Shiva, Founder of Navdanya, India
  • Mr. Peter Brown, Professor, McGill University, Canada
  • Mr. Cormac Cullinan, Environmental Attorney, South Africa
  • Ms. Riane Eisler, Author of “The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics” (2007)

Interactive Panel Debate 2: Sharing national experiences on criteria and indicators for measuring sustainable development in harmony with nature


  • Mr. Martin Khor, Executive Director of the South Center


  • Mr. Paul-Bertrand Barets, Head of International Economic Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France
  • Mr. Gilberto Gallopin, Regional Adviser on Environmental Policies, Economic and Social Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Mr. Ivo Havinga, Chief, Economic Statistics Branch, UN DESA Statistics Division
  • Mr. Mathis Wackernagel, Executive Director, Global Footprint Network

Resource Tool – Good Shepherd Position Papers

The Good Shepherd Internation Justice Peace Team offers you a tool, developed with input from Good Shepherd people across the world and affirmed by the congregational leadership team.  We hope that these papers will be helpful to you in living our directions for mission and ministry.   Any one of the 6 position papers – Human Trafficking, Migration, Economic Justice, Prostitution, Girl-child and Ecology –  can be used as a reference or resource according to your Unit and regional realities and priorities:  Chapter Implementation:  Setting Unit Priorities: Formation Resource Material: Direction for Good Shepherd mission and ministry development and evaluation: Orientation for co-workers and partners in ministry: Development of local mission and ministry statements, polocies and practices: Advocacy Direction and Social Analysis.  The Resource Tools are in three languages English, Spanish and French

Resource Tool Herramienta de Trabajo   Outil de Travail                      

Prepared by the GSIJPO January, 2011   New York & Geneva  Contact:  Phone 1 212 599 2711  Skype:  clarenolan62


June 5 World Environment Day

Here are some resources for you to use as we celebrate World Environment Day tomorrow June 5th.

Click on links provided.

Prayer for World Environment

Creation at the Heart of Mission

The Earth Community