Saturday, June 2, 2012

World Environment Day

I learned at church tonight that Tuesday, June 5, 2012 is World Environment Day.  We were informed that the United Nations (who knew?) has declared the theme for this year to be Green Economy: Does it include YOU?  From the WED website...

"The UN Environment Programme defines the Green Economy as one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.  In its simplest expression, a green economy can be thought of as one which is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.

Practically speaking, a Green Economy is one whose growth in income and employment is driven by public and private investments that reduce carbon emissions and pollution, enhance energy and resource efficiency and prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services.  These investments need to be catalyzed and supported by targeted public expenditure, policy reforms and regulation changes."

To learn more about where you fit into the Green Economy, visit the World Environment Day website.

God of the sun and the moon
Of the mountains, deserts and plains
God of the mighty oceans, of rivers, lakes and streams
God of all creatures that live in seas and fly in the air
Of every living thing that grows and moves on this sacred Earth.

We are formed by Christ into Your People
Called to bring the world into Your marvelous light
As the Body of Christ, we are messengers of ecological vocation
We are entrusted with caring for this Earth which You have created.

Help us to love and respect it
To repair what we have damaged
To care for what You have made good and holy
Give us the wisdom and the passion to change our minds, our hearts and our ways.

Let us be mustard seeds in our world
Bringing about ecological conversion which grows and
Spreads to every corner of the Earth
For our sake now and for every generation which is to come

We ask this through Christ, Our Lord. 

Catholic Earthcare Australia, 2002


  1. I love this!!! We don't have a Catholic Earthcare here?! Do we? I may re-blog this!

    1. Feel free to re-blog. My focus may be Catholic because that's where I heard about it, but the focus should be human! We should all care. :)