"Many things have to change course, but it is we human beings above all who need to change. We lack an awareness of our common origin, of our mutual belonging, and of a future to be shared with everyone. This basic awareness would enable the development of new convictions, attitudes and forms of life. A great cultural, spiritual and educational challenge stands before us, and it will demand that we set out on the long path of renewal.”
This opening quote from Chapter 6: Ecological Education and Spirituality of Laudato Si perfectly captures what we, as God’s creation, need to remember. We are not alone on this planet, but rather, we share this earth with millions of creations that were here before us. We have a chance to impact the environment in a positive way, and we can start with the coral reefs.
Unfortunately, getting educated on the ecology of the earth is not a priority for most. Even if it is, people get overwhelmed and do not know where to begin. Marine biologist and TED speaker Kristen Marhaver explains why there is still hope. Below is a brief description from www.wingsworlquest.org about her background:
“Dr. Kristen Marhaver, a marine biologist, completed her NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship studying the ecology, reproduction, and juvenile behavior of Caribbean reef corals at the CARMABI Research Station in Curaçao. To help restore the damaged signals and factors that corals need to survive, she developed new settlement surfaces, bacterial probiotic tools, and rearing strategies for juvenile corals, including for threatened species.”
The Great Barrier Reef
“In assessing the environmental impact of any project, concern is usually shown for its effects on soil, water and air, yet few careful studies are made of its impact on biodiversity, as if the loss of species or animals and plant groups were of little importance.”
It is easy to worry about the pollution in the air we breathe or the water we drink, because it directly affects us every day. If water or air was polluted, then we suffer. This is where the idea of selfishness arises, a characteristic and pattern that is hard to break.