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Important Dates of Recognition and Awareness
September 1st – October 4th, 2022
September 1 - World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
“Caring for God’s creation is a spiritual commission requiring a response of commitment. This is a critical moment. Our children’s future and the future of our common home depend on it”
-Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin
September 7 - International Day of Clean for Blue Skies
“Аir pollution is the single greatest environmental risk to human health and one of the main avoidable causes of death and disease globally, with some estimated 6.5 million premature deaths across the world attributed to indoor and outdoor air pollution.”
– United Nations
September 15 - International Day of Democracy
Make your voice heard for environmental protection, anyone can do it! In Canada, young people have been leading the way for many years. Groups and organizations continue to pressure governments to take concrete action on climate change.
September 16 - International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
“The phaseout of ozone depleting substances have not only helped protect the ozone layer for present and future generations, but have also contributed to the global efforts that address climate change; it has protected human health and ecosystems by limiting the harmful UV radiation from reaching the Earth”
– United Nations
September 17 - World Cleanup Day
“The simple act of cleaning has become a force that binds together people and groups that would otherwise never dream of working towards the same goal.”
A citizen’s movement now in more than 190 countries to clean up the beaches, rivers, forests, and streets on the same day. This global clean up has mobilized millions of volunteers and organizations across the planet.
September 21 - International Day of Peace
“For too long, we have been waging a senseless and suicidal war on nature. The result is three interlinked environmental crises. Climate disruption, biodiversity loss and pollution that threaten our viability as a species. They are caused by unsustainable production and consumption”.
– United Nations
September 22 - World Car Free Day
A great opportunity to reduce air pollution! Cities worldwide participate in this initiative and encourage motorists not to use their car for the whole day, choosing alternative transport instead.
September 29 - International Day of Awareness on Food Loss and Waste Reduction
“Globally, around 14 % of food produced is lost between harvest and retail, while an estimated 17% of total global food production is wasted:
- 11% in households,
- 5% in the food service,
- 2% in retail.”
– United Nations
September 30 - World Maritime Day
“The oceans are the earth’s major shapers of climate. The health of the oceans is essential to human well-being, to biological diversity and to the stability of our world’s climate. And the oceans are home to countless species of life, from great whales that are loved by all to tiny creatures that only God knows.”
-Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. June 8, 2016
October 4 - The Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi Day
On this last day of the Season of Creation, many churches welcome pets inside and offer a blessing of the animals while paying homage to St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. It is also World Animal Day and World Habitat Day, where we can reflect on our relationship with all the creatures of the Earth and live simply like St. Francis of Assisi.
*Calendar of events and other items for the Season of Creation available through Green Churches.
Now is the time to begin preparing by using the Ecumenical guide presented during this video. This year’s theme is LISTEN TO THE VOICE OF CREATION. The symbol being used is the BURNING BUSH reminding us as Moses was reminded in Exodus 3.1-12 that we are standing on HOLY GROUND.
With this theme we are being called to PRAY – COMMIT – ACT – ADVOCATE as we listen to the:
- Voices of Indigenous Peoples
- Voices of Scientists
- Suffering members of God’s Creation
The SEASON OF CREATION guide can be downloaded, or even the prayer to pray each day of SEASON OF CREATION.
While we are in this wonderful summer season and outside more in creation, let us take some time for the EARTH EXAMEN as found on page 37 of the guide. This will definitely lead us to more CONTEMPLACTION (Contemplative Action)!
“The heavens declare the glory of the Creator;
The firmament proclaims the handiwork of Love.
Day to day speech pours forth
And night to night knowledge is revealed.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
Their voice is not heard;
Yet does their music resound through all the earth,
And their words echo to the ends of the world.”
(Ps. 19.1-2 – translation of Nan Merrill – Psalms for Praying)
Video created by Kevin Moynihan, www.kmproductions.ca
The Sisters Laudato Si’ Goal
Ecological Spirituality springs from a profound ecological conversion and helps us to “discover God in all things”, both in the beauty of creation and in the sighs of the sick and the groans of the afflicted, aware that the life of the spirit is not dissociated from worldly realities. Actions could include promoting creation-based liturgical celebrations, developing ecological catechesis, retreats and formation programmes, etc.
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