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28 Aug 2021

Celebrating the Season of Creation 2021

The season starts on 1st September with the Day of Prayer for Creation, and ends on 4th October, on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. 

The recent IPCC report has told us where we are. The floods and wildfires, and extreme weather events are directly linked to climate change; and the planet is unequivocally warming, this calamity is quickly becoming  irreversible, and we are responsible. There is no getting away from it. As Pope Francis said six years ago, 'Doomsday predictions can no longer be met with irony or disdain. We may well be leaving to coming generations debris, desolation and filth’ (Laudato Si 161).

The report is grim but not totally hopeless. Two things need to happen more or less immediately: a sharp reduction in emissions by giving up the burning of fossil fuels, stopping subsidies and further explorations; in addition, we need to increase our efforts to help communities prepare to withstand extreme weather events as well as empowering communities to build resilience themselves. Please note most of the so called ‘natural disasters’ are not just natural, nor are they just ‘acts of God’. The ferocity of them is increasingly the result of human action. Massive public outcry is needed! Of global scope! It will depend on real political will. Much hangs on the coming COP 26 meeting in Glasgow. But it also depends on us all. (See below for possible actions.)

Terrible news indeed, but the solutions, which are already known, could really be good news: dropping emissions, cleaner air, stopping deforestation which is so linked with the destruction of communities, cutting back on mining, very often linked to militarism and the arms trade; re-finding the simpler things of life in nature instead of the addiction of consumerism, developing a more equal society, finding time, degrowth in the economy, green jobs… the possibilities have been called 'a pathway to a positive future’. We can still choose. We need to do this now.

Please do something. Every action, however small, is a seed for the future, no matter what.

Sr Jess, ra 

 

Take action: 

Home - Healthy Planet, Healthy People Petition (thecatholicpetition.org) organised by what was till recently the Global Catholic Climate Movement, now the Laudato Si Movement. Please sign, and if possible get others to sign.

Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill (nationbuilder.com) organised by Zero Hour, previously Climate and Ecology Emergency Coalition, promoting the Climate and Ecology Emergency Bill in the UK parliament. Please be in touch with your MP to ask them to support this.

 

More information and resources: https://seasonofcreation.org/

https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Season-of-Creation

https://www.laudatosi.org/ecumenical/season-of-creation/

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