September 1, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, marks the beginning of the Season of Creation which ended on 4th October, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. The Season of Creation is a yearly celebration of prayer and action to protect our natural environment from harm. During this time, Christians throughout the world were united in special prayer and actions on behalf of creation with the theme “Protecting the Web of Life”.
Care of the Earth
In her reflection on the gospel for the first Sunday of July, Veronica Lawson RSM writes “the present ecological crisis calls us to new ways of being neighbour. If we are to be neighbour in our times we need to think cosmologically as well as globally and to act locally”.
Biodiversity was this year’s theme for Earth Day and much was written about the need to take action to take steps to preserve and protect biodiversity before it is too late. The United Nations “Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services”, released in May 2019 states that one million species may be pushed to extinction in the next few years.
Earth Day is celebrated on 22nd April annually since it was first established in 1970. Arguably the need to Care for the Earth is the most urgent issue of our time. Unfortunately, the nature of global politics often pushes this need to the back of government agendas as they focus on economics, health, educational and social issues.
Lenoardo Boff in his book ‘Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor’ defined what are now primary pillars of catholic eco theology and environmental ethics, justice for the poor and justice for the earth. Boff’s work broadened theology’s gaze to include the natural world. It reasserted people’s place within creation.