Pope Benedict XVI also highlighted Australia's readiness "to respond to a growing variety of exigencies in a principled, responsible and innovative manner."
"Not least of these are the menacing threats to God's creation itself through climate change. Perhaps more than ever before in our human history the fundamental relationship between Creator, Creation and Creature needs to be pondered and respected."
Pope Benedict XVI
Many churches are incorporating an annual Creation Day or Creation Time festival into their calendar of worship and contemplation, both to celebrate the beauty of God’s world but also to focus attention on conservation and environmental issues.
As in Australia, with Catholic Earthcare’s eco-auditing, elsewhere the churches are also getting their houses in order by looking at ways of ‘greening’ their buildings, institutions and pilgrimage sites, both in terms of making them more energy efficient and also in switching to renewable energy systems...more (pdf document).
Jacqui Remond and Megan Seneque from Catholic Earthcare Australia presented at the Faith in Water conference in Salisbury, UK. The conference brought together;
This first Faith in Water conference resulted in an astonishing array of new and possible partnerships, including the UN family (UNDP, UNICEF, UN-HABITAT) inviting faiths to become official partners on these issues, and the World Bank suggesting the faiths become partners in particular in the Bank's annual Water Week. For more information visit www.arcworld.org