Among Pope Benedict’s writings, I cherish the 2010 World Day of Peace message and its signature statement: “If you want to cultivate peace, protect creation.” This document offers an accessible primer on Catholic Christian environmental ethics. As a national leader in environmental advocacy, we are blessed to count Dominican Sister Pat Siemen among the faithful in Central Florida. Sister Pat serves as the director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence (http://earthjuris.org/) at Barry University School of Law in Orlando. To highlight the center’s vital work, we feature a 10 minute, 2013 clip at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haIZTRtvIPw. Beginning with the sights and sounds of Florida’s waterways, the clip offers a succinct review of care for creation. The center designs education for law students, practicing attorneys and the public in its mission to transform American law from its primary focus on the property rights of consumers to the recognition of the rights of ecosystems. As a thirty-year Florida resident, I remember the pristine ecology of Wekiwa Springs and many happy times chasing minnows with my daughter in its clear waters. In recent years, algae blooms regularly cloud the springs. Nature’s right to survive has been compared with the emancipation of African-Americans and the evolution of women’s rights. During this Lenten season, may we hear the cry of the earth and join this struggle of liberation. For related titles, search the Media Resource Center database @ with the word: environment or creation. Contact Diane Gallagher or Dan Hardester @ 407-246-4897 (or 4895).
(Dan Hardester serves as Secretary of the Evangelization Secretariat & Director of the Media Resource Center.)