God’s Watery Paradise Under More than Olympic Seige

Guest post by FAN friend, Marybeth Lorbiecki, Director of Interfaith Oceans


As we think of Rio, we see Christ the Redeemer standing tall over one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Guanabara Bay –“ the bosom of the sea.” Encompassing the largest bay water volume in the world, it has nurtured marine species of all kinds, tucuxi (Guiana) dolphins, crabs, fish, and seabirds. With its sparkling beaches and blue waters, it evokes a Biblical paradise. “And God said that it was good.”

Yet when Olympic sailors tested themselves in preliminary regattas, they ran an obstacle course of floating plastic bags, submerged sofas and mattresses, and trash of all kinds, even the carcasses of dead horses, dogs, and sometimes people too. 2012 Bronze Medalist Allan Norregaard from Denmark complained: “I have sailed around the world for 20 years, and this is the most polluted place I’ve ever been.”

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Director of Interfaith Oceans, Marybeth Lorbiecki is author of A Fierce Green Fire: Aldo Leopold’s Life and Legacy (Oxford, 2106) and Following St. Francis: John Paul II’s Call for Ecological Action (Rizzoli Ex Libris, 2014).

Published in: on August 3, 2016 at 10:10 am  Leave a Comment  

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