“Before I flew I was already aware of how small and vulnerable our planet is, but only when I saw it from space, in all its ineffable beauty and fragility, did I realize that humankind’s most urgent task is to cherish and preserve it for future generations”

Sigmund Jahn, Astronaut

Introduction

Further explanation

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REFLECTION:

1. Time for creative map-reading

A Christian call for truly sustainable development by Mary Colwell…..

2. Future of our world

The church is called to take an active interest in issues that have arisen. To do this we must ask for God’s guidance through prayer and to take action both locally, nationally and on an individual level as well as through churches….

3. This fatal complacency

The unfairness of climate change has become evident in recent years with an increased impact felt on the global south, but with the west having been prodominantly implicated in its causation. Archbishop Desmond Tutu calls on us to take responsibility…..

4. Do not forget the Creator

Reminds us of the wealth and potential in the laws of nature and goods created.

5. Reflection from a small scale farmer in Honduras

Faustino Reyes reflects on how man has changed from using his natural instinct to relying on technology. This has created a slash and burn method of argicultural farming, causing deforestation and the disappearance of wildlife and nature. We are called to protect the earth’s natural resources in this reflection…….

6. Why later?

Sharon Looremeta from the Maasai tribe in Kenya and worker of the farming community addresses world leaders at the UN conference on Climate Change in Kenya 2006 to face up to the affects of climate change seen in Africa….

Prayers

7. A prayer for creation

The Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) began staging a ‘Green Pilgrimage’ in Hungary, Slovakia and Austria, from Sept. 1-5th 2010. The following is the English text of a ‘Prayer for Creation’ which was read during an ecumenical prayer service in Austria as part of the pilgrimage….

http://www.catholicsocialteaching.org.uk/themes/care-creation/reflection/

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CARE FOR CREATION STORIES:

1. Care for Creation

To livesimply in sustainable sufficiency and to not compete for infinite growth on a finite planet, can bring peace to caring for creation, allowing enough resources for everyone. There is a need for a new agrarianism – instead of destroying fossil fuels, ripping coal, oil and minerals we should leave these resources where they have rested…….

2. Valuing God’s Creation

Both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI have called for “ecological conversion”, but what does it mean to care for creation?

3. Eco-friendly dinners in Nicaragua

The people of Nicaragua have been cooking on old log burning stoves ignorant of the effect they were having on their local forests. An initiative was put in place to help educate the people, preventing damage to their health and to help protect the environment…….

4. Fighting corruption to save forests in Honduras

Disappearing forests leave devastation in Olancho, Honduras. Hector and Romelio are struggling to survive as their livelihoods have been destroyed.

5. Because water is life

Progressio worker Maggie von Vogt reflects on the San Salvador squatters fighting to protect water in the shadows of shopping malls.

6. How the church is tackling climate change on the ground

There are increasing signs that the church is waking up to climate change and the need for real action to confront this. We can also see that more churches are becoming eco friendly, with leadership from Pope Benedict.

Role Models:

7. Wangari Maathai

In this video Wangari Maathai explains the story of the Green Belt Movement in Kenya.  She planted a million trees in Africa and was the first environmentalist and first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Source: http://www.catholicsocialteaching.org.uk/themes/care-creation/stories/

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