Creation1. Day and Night2. Sky and Seas3. Waters/Dry Land4. Sun and Moon5. Birds and Fish6. Animals, Human7. Rest
MAN: intelligent and responsible stewardsGod has entrusted humankind with the responsibility of “subduing” the earth and having dominion over it.
“Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish… birds… cattle… and over all the wild animal and all the creatures that crawl on the ground.” Gen 1:26
1.Respect the particular goodness of each creature 2.Do not destroy Nature for powerMAN’S DUTIES and greed AS 3.Care and CherishRESPONSIBLE Mother Earth and STEWARDS all its resources
It is the duty of all who look to God as the Creator to protect the environment by restoring a sense of reverence for the whole of creation.
Octogesima Adveniens • Pope John XXIII • 80th Anniversary of Rerum Novarum • “80 years” • 14 May 1971 • Preservation of the Environment
Ecological DegradationMan is suddenly becoming aware that by an ill-considered exploitation of nature he risks destroying it and becoming in his turn the victim of this degradation. OA 21
Ecological DegradationScience and Technology must be at the service of humanity and the protection of the environment. Scullion, 1994
Ecological Degradation Disrespect for the environment will continue as long as the earth and its potential are seen merely as object of immediate use and consumption to be manipulated by an unbridled desire for profit. Pope John Paul II
Centisimus Annus • Pope John Paul II • 100th Anniversary of Rerum Novarum • “Hundredth year” • 1991
The ecologicalquestionemphasizes humanresponsibility tofuture generations. CA 37
“Not only has God given the earth to man, who must use it with respect for theSocial good purpose for can itcreate original structures which was environments conducive to given to him, but man too is Gods gift to man. He must therefore respect thesin which impede with which he natural and moral structure full human realization. has been endowed.” CS 38
Serious Problems of Modern UrbanizationIrrational destruction of the naturalenvironment, we must Specificalso mention the more structures of sinserious destruction of which impede the the human full realization of environment. those who are in any way oppressed by them.
What canwe donow?
Principle:“No one is too young or too old to help.” -Efren Peñaflorida