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:
“Study, pray over, support, and promulgate the Earth Charter, with its principles of the importance of spirituality in human life,environmental protection, human rights, equitable human development, and the promotion of peace.” Clare Nolan, Training Facilitator, 2011
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 http://www.un.org/en/events/motherearthday/index.shtml
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