Pope Francis has declared 1 September as World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and the beginning of the Season for Creation which will finish on 4 October, the feast day of St Francis of Assis. In his message he calls for a" season for letting our prayers be inspired anew by closeness to nature", a "season to reflect on our lifestyles" and a "season for undertaking prophetic actions".
"Many young people all over the world are making their voices heard and calling for courageous decisions. They feel let down by too many unfulfilled promises, by commitments made and then ignored for selfish interests or out of expediency. The young remind us that the earth is not a possession to be squandered, but an inheritance to be handed down. They remind us that hope for tomorrow is not a noble sentiment, but a task calling for concrete actions here and now. We owe them real answers, not empty words, actions not illusions."