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Remembering World Environment Day: June 5

This year the United Nations has declared the theme for World Environment Day: “Melting Ice – a Hot Topic?” This fortnight’s contribution from the Institute’s Eco-Justice Committee includes a ritual for use on World Environment Day, and the weekend following which honours the Environmental Sabbath. This is one way in which we can examine the state of our environment in a mood of sober resolution and quiet confidence, and address ourselves to our common task of preserving all life on earth, because as one author says: “the universe is my body; and my body is the universe.”


 


WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2007


World Environment Day, commemorated each year on June 5, is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action. In support of International Polar Year, the theme selected for 2007 focuses on the effects that climate change is having on polar ecosystems and communities, and the ensuing consequences around the world.


 


World Environment Day is also a people’s event with colourful activities such as street rallies, bicycle parades, green concerts, essays and poster competitions in schools, tree planting, as well as recycling and clean-up campaigns.


 


Visit the official World Environment Day website. http://www.unep.org/wed/2007/english/ 


 


Here is a link http://www.ipcc.ch/about/faq.htm#guide (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) that you can use to find answers to the following questions:


 


§          Where do I find out about the scientific basis for climate change?


§          Where do I find out about climate impacts, adaptation and vulnerability?


§          Where do I find out about climate change mitigation?


§          Where do I find a synthesis of the latest findings on climate change?


 


Here is another link http://www.avaaz.org/en/climate_action_g8/?cl=3695213 that you can sign and then send to some of your friends to sign. Thanks Carmel Heagerty for alerting us to another way to actively participate in raising awareness about climate change.


 


EVENING PRAYER: WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY JUNE 5, 2007


 


Reader 1: How wonderful, O Creator, are the works of your hands! The heavens declare Your glory, the arch of sky displays Your handiwork.


 


All: The heavens declare the glory of God.


 


Reader 2: In Your love You have given us the power to behold the beauty of Your world, robed in all its splendour.


 


Reader 3: How wonderful, O Creator, are the works of your hands!


The heavens declare Your glory, the arch of sky displays Your handiwork.


All: The heavens declare the glory of God.


 


Reader 4: In Your love You have given us the power to behold the beauty of Your world, Robed in all its splendor.


 


Reader 5: The sun and the stars, the valleys and the hills, the rivers and lakes, disclose Your presence.


 


All: Earth reveals God’s eternal presence.


 


Reader 6: The roaring breakers of the seas tell of Your awesome might. The beasts of the fields and the birds of the air bespeak Your wondrous will.


 


All: Life comes forth by God’s creative will.


 


Reader 7: In Your goodness You have made us able to hear the music of the world.


 


Reader 8: The raging of the winds, the whisperings of trees in the wood, and the precious voices of loved ones reveal to us that You are in our midst.


 


All: The Divine voice sings through all of creation.


 


Reading: Isaiah 6: 3 “Holy, Holy, holy is the God of hosts; the whole earth is full of Your glory.”


 


Song of the Earth (Norm Habel: Seven Songs of Creation)


 


Leader: On the first day of resurrection, Earth quaked and celebrated with a bright light in the tomb.


 


All: On this day we celebrate light and promise Earth that we will strive to remove all nuclear darkness and death.


 


Leader: On the first day of resurrection, Earth quaked and an angel descended from the sky.


 


All: On this day we celebrate sky, and promise Earth that we will discover new ways to keep the atmosphere fresh and clean.


 


Leader: On the first day of resurrection, Earth quaked and a stone rolled back to reveal a cave.


 


All: We celebrate our rocks, soil and caves, and we promise Earth we will work to save her rainforests from destruction and her soil from salt.


 


Leader: On the first day of resurrection, Earth quaked as the sun rose on a very new day.


 


All: We celebrate our sun, our moon and our seasons, and we promise Earth we will refrain from ripping into the ozone layer and destroying her life.


 


Leader: On the first day of resurrection, Earth quaked and the tidal waves swept across the seas.


 


All: We celebrate our seas with all the glistening life, and we promise Earth that we will avoid depositing more toxins that kill the creatures of the sea.


 


Leader: On the first day of resurrection, Earth quaked and all life on earth felt the rumble of Christ rising.


 


All: We celebrate all life that emerges from Earth and we promise Earth that we will work to save all threatened species including humans.


 


Leader: On every day of resurrection, Earth quakes somewhere reminding us to celebrate and sustain life.


 


All: We celebrate with all creation and we promise Earth to hold life sacred and find ways that sustain all forms of life.


 


Blessing


All: Creator God, abundant giver of life and love, we commit to five minutes of rest today to remember that we are called to ecological responsibility for ourselves, for others and for the Earth. We pray for strength and fortitude so that we may be open to inspiration and action. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord Amen.


 


Leader: May we be enthusiastic caretakers of the Earth, being careful with others and ourselves in this endeavour. Let us offer each other a sign of peace.


 


All: Amen


 



From: Specific Issues Committee, Eco-Justice (Sisters Margaret Abbott, Mary Dennett, Patricia Powell and Mary Tinney). The Committee warmly invites your response to the article or the issue.


Email: eco.justice@mercy.org.au


 


Contact: Carmel Heagerty RSM, Institute Justice Co-ordinator


Email: Institute.Justice@mercy.org.au