Season of Creation

Jubilee for the Earth

September is the Season of Creation. This is an initiative of an ecumenical steering committee, which was formed to help Christians around the world respond to the environmental crisis which continues to grow across the globe. Christian churches have been called to strengthen their united response.

So let’s make a difference! We’re not asking you to create anything new! We invite you to make a personal difference in your life to help reconcile, restore and rejoice in God’s creation. We challenge you to pledge to make a difference.

 

What can you do to help save the planet and the vulnerable? The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed that if we slow down our use of resources and commit to rekindling the earth we can renew it. We can make a difference in small ways…

Over the next four weeks, we will offer tips and suggestions of how to make sustainable choices to protect the Earth and sustain the conditions for life to thrive.  We encourage you to join us in this special time to pray, reflect, and take bold action to realise a Jubilee for the Earth.

Week 3 : There is Enough for our Need, not for our Greed

What the Hebrew people still have to learn and what we still have to learn is that there is enough.  But in order for there to be enough we have to share.  And whatever we hoard  goes bad.  In this Season of Creation it is easy to fall into despondency: the earth and its creatures are doomed.  However, the promise from the story of the Exodus is that even in the wilderness, there is enough, if only we will take just what we need and no more.

by Rev Dr Janet Trisk, South Africa

Reduce Energy Consumption

The energy we use in our homes can make a big impact. The average Australian home uses about 20 kW/h of electricity per day, which equates to about 9 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

Cool Australia identified the need to provide our current and future generations with relevant and engaging information about the three pillars of sustainability: social, economic and environmental.  Check out Cool Australia – Learn for Life who support environmental education!

Social Justice

The Season of Creation is not only about encouraging sustainable practices.  Catholic social teachings urge us to look out for the needs of our brothers and sisters across the world.  Here are just three examples of Catholic social action.

  • ACRATH: The Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans aims to eradicate modern slavery.  Consider your individual and community role in stopping slavery by visiting the ACRATH website.
  • Aboriginal Catholic Ministry: This Victorian group fosters the valuable presence of our Aboriginal brothers and sisters within the Catholic Church.  Visit the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry website to learn more about their work and to volunteer.
  • St Vincent de Paul Society: This organisation assists members in our community facing poverty and hardship.  Find out more about volunteering for Vinnies by visiting the Vinnies website.

Week 2 : Protecting the Commons

As we focus on the environment during the Season of Creation, we are called also to look at common property within the community and on the planet for example the oceans, the air, fresh water and open spaces.  These places are not owned by anyone, but their survival depends on all of us working together.  Our failure in the past to protect common property has lead the near-collapse of ecosystems throughout the world.  Who cares for common property?  Do we have an interest in the places we do not own?  Do we recognise the importance of common property for the good of the community?

By Rev Shaun Cozett, South Africa

Conscious Consumerism

The purchases we make can have a significant impact on the world and the treatment of our brothers and sisters around the world.

Consider where and how your clothes are being made:

  • Are they made ethically?  That is, are the labourers paid fairly for their work?
  • Are they produced in a way that is environmentally conscious?
  • Do they test on animals?

You can find out how sustainable your favourite brands are by searching for them on the Good on You website.

World Clean Up Day

Takes place on 19 September.  Why not spend the weekend tidying up your house or neighbourhood – within the current COVID-19 restrictions.  Or this year, why not do a digital clean up of your devices – it’s surprising how much energy is consumed by the apps we no longer use!

Check out the World Clean Up Day website for more ideas and information.

Week 1 : The Greatest Commandment, Love your Neighbour

We are commanded to love our neighbour, the vulnerable, the future generations and the whole web of life.  To do so, we must consciously seek to live in harmony with God, one another and the natural world.  And we must be an example to all of humanity that we must stop being so selfish in the way we treat nature and our fellow human beings.

Zero Waste Challenge!

While we’re going to provide tips and suggestions of how to make more sustainable choices, it’s important to consider the good things that we’re already doing. How many zero waste alternatives in this image, do you already implement? You might be surprised!

Meatless Mondays

According to the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), limiting your consumption of meat has many benefits.  In fact, if all Australians ate 150 grams less of red meat per week, each person could reduce greenhouse gas pollution by 300 kg each year.  That’s the same as taking an eighth of Australia’s cars off the road!

For more information visit the ARRCC website.