June 5, 2017 – For immediate release
Global – On occasion of World Environment Day and in response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, major Christian organizations announced today a new wave of climate action during the new edition of the Season of Creation. Running from September 1 to October 4, the Season of Creation unites the 2.2 billion Christian family to care for creation.
The Season of Creation,kicks off with the World Day of Prayer for Creation on September 1, which was originally adopted by the Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople in 1989 and has been progressively joined by other Christian churches, with Pope Francis announcing the Roman Catholic Church’s participation in 2015. Individuals and faith communities are encouraged to participate in prayer services and advocacy initiatives to celebrate and protect our common home.
“As President Trump spreads disunity by pulling away from the Paris Agreement, Christians worldwide respond by coming together in unity to care for creation. It is more important than ever that the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics join our brothers and sisters in Christ in prayer and action for the climate,” said Tomás Insua, Executive Director of the Global Catholic Climate Movement.
New to this year’s celebration, Christian communities will be engaging in symbolic actions in front of coal mines, fracking wells, and other sites of ecological destruction. A special symbolic action will take place in Taize, France at the European Conference of Justice and Peace Commissions on September 24. Titled “Communion to respond to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” several bishops’ conferences including the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE), Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE), and Conference of European Churches (CEC) will be invited.
Rev Rachel Mash of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and member of the Season of Creation steering committee added, “ As Christians we know that we are called to feed the hungry. The call on Christians in our time is to halt those actions we are taking which are making the hungry starve. As Christians in Africa impacted by climate change we call on our brothers and sisters in the USA to believe us. Climate change is water change – the rains are not falling, there are devastating storms and the sea levels are rising.”
The convening organizations who are leading the Season of Creation promotion efforts are: World Council of Churches, Anglican Communion Environmental Network, Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer), the Global Catholic Climate Movement, and ACT Alliance. Last year, this network hosted over 300 local prayer services and events and two online prayer services which were led and attended by people across every continent. (More information of the 2016 celebration can be found here)
1) Global Catholic Climate Movement: Please contact: Christina Leano; +1 786 459 5667; [email protected]
2) World Council of Churches: Please contact: Marianne Ejdersten; +41.79.507.6363; [email protected]
3) Anglican Communion Environmental Network: Please contact: Rev Rachel Mash ; + 027 824654452; [email protected]