In the wake of Earth Day 2019 – A New Evangelization

Easter is a time of hope, when Jesus conquered death and proclaimed the victory of LIFE. Our God is not just LOVE, Our God is LIFE, expressed in all of the magnificence of biodiversity upon our sacred planet.

May our journey between Easter and Pentecost be a time of transition when we seek to change our ways from being a virus to sources of vitality and respectful Life with our Mother Earth.

This is the new Evangelization. May our faith in Christ be a reflection of our reverence for all life on Earth and through our lives, let us preach the Good News of Christ the King
– Lord of Life and the Universe.

2019 may prove to be a turning point in the collective efforts to force Government’s to move from lofty aspirational statements and pledges, to concrete action.

Greta Thunberg’s Climate School Strike resonated in Ireland with over 20,000 students joining her global protest which saw around 1.5 million students and supporters take part in some 200 countries. This movement is set to grow as the profile and influence of Greta increases. It is probable that Greta will receive the Nobel Peace Prize, if not this year, in the next two or three. 

We have also seen the emergence of a new related movement, Extinction Rebellion, revolting against the fact we are now in the throes of what scientist are calling the Sixth Mass Extinction.

In the past week, over 1000 protesters were arrested, and some re-arrested, in London, amongst the Olympic Gold Medalist, Etienne Stott, during their weeklong peaceful protests that blocked major roads in the capital. And in a creative and visual demonstration, hundreds of protesters entered the British Natural History Museum and staged a die-in under the elevated skeleton of a blue whale, named ‘Hope’, which had been stranded on 25 March 1891 on a sandbank close to Wexford town.

Both Climate Breakdown and species extinction are human induced. Sadly, humanity has become a virus on the body of Mother Earth, causing a deepening sickness that is throwing the delicate balance of our ecosystem out of kilter. 

Meanwhile we have climate deniers in powerful positions who are resolute in protecting the status quo of big oil and money, while spreading confusion. 

Two images have been powerful this year in helping us to realise the consequences of irresponsible human activities. In March a dead whale was washed up in the Philippines and when examined scientists discovered it had 40kg (88lbs) of plastic bags inside its stomach. The other image was of an emaciated Polar Bear, forced through melting ice in the Arctic region to walk some 200 miles towards human habitation in the hope if finding food. This comes alongside reports and images of Polar Bears dying of starvation or drowning through exhaustion due to the same melting ice. 

Easter is a time of hope, when Jesus conquered death and proclaimed the victory of LIFE. Our God is not just LOVE, Our God is LIFE, expressed in all of the magnificence of biodiversity upon our sacred planet. 

May our journey between Easter and Pentecost be a time of transition when we seek to change our ways from being a virus to sources of vitality and respectful Life with our Mother Earth.  

This is the new Evangelization. May our faith in Christ be a reflection of our reverence for all life on Earth and through our lives, let us preach the Good News of Christ the King – Lord of Life and the Universe.