May 22

International Day of Biologic Diversity

Reflection

The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. Everything that lives in an ecosystem is part of the web of life, including humans. Each species of vegetation and each creature has a place on the earth and plays a vital role in the circle of life. Plant, animal, and insect species interact and depend upon one another for what each offers, such as food, shelter, oxygen, and soil enrichment. Maintaining a wide diversity of species in each ecosystem is necessary to preserve the web of life that sustains all living things. From a contemplative view it is to respect the presence of the Sacred in all life and in creation. It is to see creation as integrated and to reverence all its expressions. It is to be in awe at the variety of life’s expressions. One is enabled to see everything through the loving eyes of God.

Prayer

Bless us with the gift of contemplative vision.

Action

Am I aware of the Sacred in life? How can I reverence God’s
presence in creation?

Suggested Reading

 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.

There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard. [a]

Their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
O God, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Psalm 19

When we acknowledge that all of life is sacred and that each act is an act of choice and therefore sacred, then life is a sacred dance lived consciously each moment. When we live at this level, we participate in the creation of a better world.
Scout Cloud Lee

The natural world is the larger sacred community to which we belong. To be alienated from this community is to become destitute in all that makes us human. To damage this community is to diminish our own existence
Thomas Berry.

Love’s greatest gift is its ability to make everything it touches sacred.
Barbara De Angelis

When I was very young, biology, the diversity of life, was one of my main interests. I know there’s this image people have that I’m this spoiled, cocky punk of an actor. Honestly, that’s not who I am. I really care that so many species have been wiped out, like genocide of entire races. I believe in the divine right of all species to survive on this planet. So I decided I want to be active as an environmentalist. I learned. I asked experts. I got active.
Leonardo DiCaprio

As custodians of the planet it is our responsibility to deal with all species with kindness, love and compassion. That these animals suffer through human cruelty is beyond understanding. Please help to stop this madness.
Richard Gere

We cannot win this battle to save species and environments without forging an emotional bond between ourselves and nature as well – for we will not fight to save what we do not love.
Stephen Jay Gould

We share this planet with many species. It is our responsibility to protect them, both for their sakes and our own.
Pamela A. Matson

Every time we lose a species we break a life chain which has evolved over 3.5 billion years.
Jeffrey McNeely

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