Our planet faces a global extinction crisis. Scientists predict that more than one million species are on track for extinction in the coming decades. Each time a species goes extinct, the world around us unravels a bit. There are consequential losses, not only crop pollination and water purification, but also spiritual and cultural ones. Of the groups of endangered species, none is nearer than frogs, toads and salamanders to disappearing because of habitat loss, water and air pollution, and climate change. They are viewed as the “canary in the global coal mine,” signaling radical ecosystem changes that could ultimately claim many other species including humans. Birds, fish, invertebrates, plants and mammals are all threatened. And we read, “…creation waits in eager longing…groaning in labor pains, groaning inwardly for redemption…” How can we act to protect our shared home?
By Josue Behnen, OSB