May 22nd, International Day of Biodiversity
May 22nd is the International Day of Biodiversity.
Since 2020, FEN has had a focus on the wonder of biodiversity.
"Building a shared future for all life" is the slogan of this year's International Day, chosen in order to continue building momentum and support for the post 2020 global biodiversity framework at the postponed #COP15's UN Biodiversity Conference to be held later this year.
They go on to say, "Biodiversity remains the answer to several sustainable development challenges. From nature-based solutions to climate, health issues, food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity is the foundation upon which we can build back better."
They ask us to, "Let the world know that you wish for a strong global biodiversity framework that will “bend the curve” on biodiversity loss. Let the world know that you care about your future!"
In the context of biodiversity collapse, the current work on a post 2020 global biodiversity framework, and the call of our First Nations to heal Country, the FEN Steering Team has led events and prepared resources to listen and learn from knowledge holders and practitioners who help protect species and life systems. This is so that we people of diverse faith traditions and none will grow in our awareness and practice.
At this special time, we invite you to look at and use some of these excellent resources:
- Ten Ways Faith Groups Care for Biodiversity
- Restoring Biodiversity: Faiths Acting Locally
- Biodiversity Emergency: Faiths Regenerating
FEN is run totally by volunteers. We seek your support with raising funds for a part-time Co-ordinator who will assist with growing our network, and help develop our new visual Ten Ways to Care into an educational kit for you to use.
Anne Lanyon, Faith Ecology Network Co-ordinator