Ecology – an attitude towards time

  • Mariéle Wulf (Speaker)

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationScientific


    In the context of ecology, consuming material and space are often discussed; social issues are also considered. Time, however, is often neglected. Consumption is the attitude which asks for everything being here and perfect – now. Our attitude toward nature must change. In what we consume, not only material is given but also the time it took to make this material available. Consuming material thus also means consuming time: the time it took to develop oil, to make trees grow, to produce grocer-ies, to heal illnesses etc. We cannot accelerate chemical procedures, growth, in-crease and healing. Our attitude towards nature must be, after all, respecting these processes. Moreover, we are responsible for the past – even if it was not ours: the remains of former development and production persist until today. We are, of cause, responsible for the future: to not consuming all material which evolved in billions of years and to not leaving behind too much of our remains for the next generations. We take this responsibility today: patience is asked to wait for the seasonable fruit and precipitance is necessary in order to take unavoidable decisions for protecting nature – and future generations. Their time is theirs – and should not be wasted by worrying about our bad leavings.
    Period25 Aug 202128 Aug 2021
    Event titleInternational Congress of the European Society for Catholic Theology
    Creation – Transformation – Theology
    Event typeConference
    LocationOsnabrück, GermanyShow on map
    Degree of RecognitionInternational


    • ecology
    • time
    • consumption
    • kairos
    • right of time