The Deserts are Growing...

Center of Concern | Mon, Apr 28, 2008

By Theresa Polk
Source: Center of Concern
"The external deserts in the world are growing, because the internal deserts have become so vast," asserted Pope Benedict XVI in his inaugural homily. The brokenness of our relationship with the natural world, as evidenced among other concerns by global warming, the extinction of species, polluted air and waterways, and soil depletion, reflects back to us the brokenness of our relationships within the human family. In the global North, we consume far more than our fair share of the Earth's bounty with little thought to the repercussions for our global sisters and brothers, future generations or the fragile balance of the wider Earth community. Yet it is those least responsible for misuse and abuse of the earth, often the poorest and most vulnerable, who are firstly and most profoundly affected by the global ecological crisis. As the sun set on Earth Day 2008, it is ever more apparent that it is not simply a matter of environmental interest, but a profound question of justice. Concern for the global common good will require of us, in the words of Pope John Paul II, an "ecological conversion," to restore right relationships not only within the human community, but throughout God's creation.