The Season of Creation (1 September – 4 October) concluded on the feast day of St Francis of Assisi, honoured by the Catholic Church as the Patron Saint of animals and ecology because he was a great lover of creation.
Taking care of Creation is a major issue for Pope Francis. It is one he has repeatedly brought to our attention and about which we have been challenged to respond.
The urgency of ‘doing our bit’ has been brought home to us again recently with the publishing of the IPCC (UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Report. There is a huge risk to all life forms if global warming exceeds 1.5 degrees. The risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people will increase if we do nothing.
In recent weeks we have seen the effects of Hurricane Michael, Storm Callum, Hurricane Leslie, flash flooding and landslides on Sumatra Island in Indonesia and flash floods in France.
The Report challenges each one of us to do what we can.Individual actions do make an impact as this article tells us.