The Season of Creation is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment together. During the Season of Creation, we join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our common home. This year, amid crises that have shaken our world, we’re awakened to the urgent need to heal our relationships with creation and each other. During the season this year, we enter a time of restoration and hope, a jubilee for our Earth, that requires radically new ways of living with creation.
The Season of Creation unites the world’s 2.2 billion Christians around one shared purpose. With so much injustice all around us, now is the time for Christians everywhere to come together and show the world how to love each other and creation.
September 1: World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
Japan’s Plastic Litter Solution: Marine plastic litter is gaining wider attention than ever before. Japan has long developed plastic alternatives that reduce the dependence on fossil fuels. A Japanese chemical company, Kaneka, has developed a biodegradable alternative, which is made from 100% plant oil.
A Zero Waste Lifestyle in Japan: (Japanese with English subtitles) From avoiding single-use plastic to giving preloved items a second life, Hinako Arao shows how simple it can be to live a zero-waste lifestyle.
How might you help groups engage in ecological conversion? Choose one or more of these activities to do during the week.
Observe and note your use of single-use plastic for one day. Consider how you could make different choices.
Have a contest with yourself to see if you can go one day without using any single-use plastic.
Sign a petition that asks food delivery services to create an “opt in” option for people to receive single-use plastic and paper with their food delivery since most people are eating at home or the office where they have reusable options.
Send a letter asking stores to bring back customers’ ability to bring in their own bags and start using refillable bins again.
Send a letter to major tea companies about microplastics in their products
Laudato Si’ Retreat: An Introductory Immersion offered by the Global Catholic Climate Movement
September 12, 9am – 1pm EDT | Find out more
Week 3 (9/15-21)
Presentation by Dea Wehrli
Social and environmental entrepreneur Dea Wehrli will speak about her work on the United Nations’ report on Single-Use Plastics and the impact they have internationally. During this hour-long presentation and Q&A, Dea will also share her experience working on waste management and circular economies for multiple international organizations, as well as discuss her experience opening Chez Mamie Zurich, a zero-waste retail store. Though the presentation will feature an international scope, it will also have practical ways for people to combat this global crisis in their own communities. Dea is a social and environmental entrepreneur, currently working at the Swiss Federal Research Institution Empa on the social impact startup E[co]work, a co-working space for informal e-waste dismantlers in India. Dea holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Sciences from ETH Zurich and has worked in topics of waste management and circular economy for the World Economic Forum, UN-IETC, ISWA, and Sofies. Her actions and work strongly reflect her passion and engagement in bringing forward the transition towards a socially and environmentally safe, fair, and healthy resource management.
As we begin this fourth week of celebrating the Season of Creation we focus on our response as Sisters, ACOF, and ministry partners of the congregation to the challenges of plastic pollution. This focus is grounded in the call of Laudato Si’ to turn away from the “‘use and throw away logic [that] generates so much waste because of the disordered desire to consume more than what is really necessary” (123). It is alive in our Chapter Call to implement Laudato Si’ and in our Environmental Guidelines asking us to “Reduce waste by eliminating single-use products.”We know that this response will involve personal action and congregational initiatives, and we are dedicating this week to exploring our options. As a first step toward a congregational commitment, we are asking you to view the YouTube video “Plastic Pollution: Humans Are Turning the World into Plastic” (10 minutes- Japanese and Spanish subtitles available) and spend some time on these questions for reflection:
– Are you aware of how much plastic you use or bring into your house each week?
– What are you already doing to reduce your plastic waste?
– What new actions are you being called to?
– What actions could be taken by the Congregation?