While there has been much joy and knowledge shared in our Season of Creation this September, there has also been sadness throughout the other parts of the biosphere. Tragically, 23 species of wildlife were declared extinct by the U.S. government in late September, including the ivory-billed woodpecker. These birds, fish, and wildlife were removed from the endangered list after their populations dwindled due to shrinking habitats, climate change, pollution, and various anthropogenic causes. Some scientists still hold hope that these species might still be found somewhere and believe that a declaration of this magnitude is premature (the decision won’t be finalized for three months), but whether a species reappears or not, the final conclusion is still one of great concern for Earth’s biodiversity. This article from NBC News helps describe the declaration and the questions and concerns associated with the news.
What is the Creation Care Moment?
Every month, the NCCUMC Caretakers of God’s Creation Committee will provide a brief snippet of information surrounding sustainability. The moment will vary from the individual to the global level and seek to provide insight on how to become more aware of sustainability in our world. If you are interested in joining the Caretakers of God’s Creation Committee, please contact Jarrod Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.