Time for Creation 2019. The priority of waste and climate change

Also this year the Globalization and Environment Commission of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy has developed a dossier for the Season of Creation

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Rome (NEV), July 13, 2019 – “For a pilgrimage of justice and peace towards Creation, we need to think of an economical system no longer centered on the profit of a few but on the needs of everyone as well as of the environment, with respect of the times and spaces of life that are not those of the market”. This can be read in the Introduction to the dossier on the Season of Creation that also this year was produced by the Globalization and Environment Commission (GLAM) of the Federation of  Protestant Churches in Italy (FCEI).
The “Time for Creation” is the ecumenical liturgical period that begins every year on September 1st, ending on October 4th, and which took its first steps with the European Ecumenical Assembly in Graz (Austria), in 1997 .
Every year, on the occasion of this celebration, the GLAM produces a dossier with biblical and liturgical materials. This year’s title is “In God’s society there is no waste. Challenged by the priority of climate change”, inspired by Psalm 118.22 “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone”.
The whole Commission was involved in the preparation of the dossier, which has extensive and interesting materials for in-depth study and liturgical accompaniment.
Many also the data reported in the Introduction that tell of the climate change and the urgent need for a reconversion of the way of producing and inhabiting the Earth: “In these years climate change  continued to be considered in fact an externality to be mitigated and to which adapt – says the dossier – and was not taken as a datum that requires an urgent conversion, and so it acquired ever greater dimensions, with incalculable and unpredictable consequences”.
The topics on which the dossier intends to focus attention are those of waste and sustainability: “Among all the necessary measures, we concentrated mainly on two aspects: the elimination of waste production and the sustainability of energy choices, in the framework of a passage in the way of using assets, from ownership to access ”.
Time for Creation is a liturgical period observed throughout the world to reflect, pray together and act for the protection of Creation, taking up the calendar of the Orthodox patriarchate which since 1989 dedicates September 1, the beginning of the new liturgical year, to this theme.