In February 2014, I went to the United Nations to advocate in the name of shared faith among many religions for a sustainable goal for the oceans. I was an observer, but at small committees and in between sessions, I talked to representatives from many nations, and they were skeptical that a sustainable ocean goal was needed. They believed that the current "Law of the Sea" could take care of things. But in the succeeding months, the declining state of the oceans had made clear that it was insufficient and much more was needed.
Climate change does not have to beat us, or ocean acidification, or human trafficking, or slavery or war or terrorism or loss of species. As Pope Francis told the American people at the White House, "I am convinced we can make a difference." So am I. Now the question is how? How can we as individuals and as nations and as people of faith make the needed difference? What should we, as individuals, congregations, and communities, do next?
That"s the miracle we now all create together, through prayer and action, through our faithful and interfaith community cooperation.
~Marybeth Lorbiecki, Director, Interfaith Oceans