The eighth podcast in the Jubilee for the Earth series is now available. Series 2 podcasts 7-12 will be released by the Columba family throughout the 2022 season of creation. In the first podcast (7), covering “Biodiversity Loss and Spirituality,” Liam on duty in Pakistan interviewed Father O’Callaghan. This podcast (8) focuses on “Our Sacred Communities: Biodiversity Loss and Indigenous Peoples.”
In the environmental encyclical Laudato Si, Pope Francis writes: Instead, Pope Francis urges us to develop “a relationship of mutual responsibility between man and nature” (LS #67).
Wesley Cocozello of Washington’s Columban Justice, Peace and Ecology team introduces Podcast 8 and suggests that we need to ask ourselves some basic questions. Does nature have intrinsic value? Does God love plants, animals, and ecosystems as much as he loves humans? Does the promise of new life extend to all of God’s creations? ?
Our times of environmental crisis are forcing us to act differently to live more sustainably and build social systems that prioritize the common good. Ethical behavior must also apply to the natural world. Engaging with indigenous peoples is essential, as they are important guardians of biodiversity in many parts of the world.
This podcast focuses on the Svanen tribe of the Southern Philippines and their care for the planet. Sir Ashwena Apao, Sister of Colomban, worked with Suvanen to instill in his four leaders in the province of Midsalip Suvanen in Mindanao a love of the natural world and a fear of “invasion by development”, loss of land and culture. I interviewed about They feel they lack the ability and confidence to “defend their homeland from big corporations.” Destructive mining has devastated and polluted vast areas of their land, and the Colombans have long supported resistance to a powerful mining industry.
Subanen suggests that modern man has forgotten what it means to have a relationship with the land. They warn about biodiversity loss and its effects on food and health. Their medicinal plants come from the forest. They treasure soil and water as gifts from their Creator. “We have great respect for the sanctity of nature,” says Manuela Patino.
Sr. Ashwena said that if the global community wants to better care for creation, it needs to listen to the wisdom of Indigenous traditions and consider their experience and expertise in conversations about solutions to environmental problems. suggests there is.
Series 2 Podcast 8:
Series 1 playlists 1-6 are available at: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC5w6L2-bOVRuggVtHAz50mUhLeUHd299