Season of Creation

Welcome to the Season of Creation

The Season of Creation is celebrated annually by Christian Churches around the world as a time of prayer and action for the safeguarding of our common home through responsible stewardship. The ecumenical season begins on 1 September, the World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation and ends on 4 October, the feast of St Francis of Assisi.

Visit the Season of Creation website

Listen to the Voice of Creation

The theme this year is “Listening to the Voice of Creation” and the urgency of doing so is symbolised by the ‘Burning Bush’ (Exodus 3: 1-12).  The prevalence of unnatural fires is a sign of the devastating effects that climate change has on the most vulnerable of our planet.  Fire is also a symbol of the guiding presence of God among the people, as when Moses encountered God at the burning bush.  In this Season of Creation, this symbol of God’s Spirit calls us to listen to the voice of creation with compassion.

Read Pope Francis’ message

Watch What is the Season of Creation 2022?

Resources

You are invited to participate in the Seasons of Creation through prayer and reflection, sustainable living and advocacy.  Resources will be updated each week.

Prayer and reflection

Pray the Ecological Examen Reconciling God, Creation and Humanity – an Ignation Eco-Examen virtual experience.

Watch Do you hear that? It is the voice of Creation! produced by Season of Creation. You are invited to tune into your senses and really listen to the voice of creation.

Read A reflection for the beginning of the Season of Creation by Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Sustainable living

Join the Season of Creation Facebook Group to get inspiring updates and share your experiences.

Calculate your carbon footprint using an online calculator.

Engage locally with the City of Boroondara’s Sustainable living workshops and events.  Learn more about Living for our Future program and upcoming workshops and webinar recordings.  Sign up to receive workshop and event updates.

Learn more about the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference 2022 (COP 27) to take place from 7-18 November 2022 in Sharm El-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt.

Taking action

Get involved with ClimateWatch, an active community of citizen scientists making a real difference to the future of our planet. Download the ClimateWatch App to be involved in collecting and recording data that will help shape our scientific response to climate change.

Laudato Si' Action Platform

Pope Francis launched the Laudato Si’ Action Platform inviting all Catholic institutions, communities and families on a seven-year journey towards total ecological sustainability in the spirit of his encyclical, Laudato Si’, on Care for our Common Home.

The platform hosts Laudato Si’ Plans that guide and empower Catholic communities to implement Laudato Si’ and engage with the seven Laudato Si’ Goals.

About the Laudato Si’ Action Platform

IPCC Report on Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change.

The IPCC has released its latest report, Climate Change 2021: the Physical Science Basis, which is a comprehensive assessment of the physical science of climate change.  The report projects that in the coming decades climate changes will increase in all regions unless there are immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Read IPCC Report

Further reading

The Season of Creation website – the global Christian family will participate in initiatives of prayer, sustainability and advocacy to care for our common home.

The Laudato Si’ Movement – formerly the Global Catholic Climate Movement, was founded in 2015 and inspired by the publication of the encyclical, Laudato Si’ in that year.

The Australian Bishops’ Social Justice Statement 2021-22, Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor – invites us to join in responding to Pope Francis’ invitation to take a seven-year journey towards total ecological sustainability guided by seven Laudato Si’ Goals.