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 with the publishing of the IPCC (UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Report on climate change and the land and now the Report on the impact that climate change is having on the world’s oceans and frozen areas (known as the “cryosphere”
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.
These Reports challenge each one of us to do what we can. Individual actions do make an impact, We have seen that with the actions of Greta Thunberg, the 16 year old Swedish Activist whose decision to stand outside the Swedish Parliament with a sign protesting the need for immediate action on climate change has grown into a global movement.
How might you raise your voice. What action might you take?