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Caring for Creation

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Religious congregations are holding an evening with the former President of Kiribati, Anote Tong as he discusses the challenges facing Kiribati, Australia’s responsibility to tackle the climate crisis and his vision for a more just and sustainable future.

The Inter-Congregational Voice on Climate Change is organising the event at the Good Samaritan Congregational Centre in Glebe, Sydney, on Thursday, October 25 at 5.30pm, to raise awareness of the serious issues surrounding climate change in the Pacific.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 13:00

Good Sams act to save endangered tree species

0918 GoodSamsTreePlanting 150Three seedlings of the endangered Camden White Gum have been planted in their natural habitat on the banks of the Nepean River in the latest initiative by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan to restore the ecosystem of their Mater Dei property in NSW, The Good Oil reports.

The property, which adjoins the Nepean River at Camden, contains substantial tracts of the Cumberland Plain Woodland, which is listed in NSW and Commonwealth legislation as “an endangered ecological community”.

0818AdeleHowardrsmandCardinalTurkson 150Australian Mercy Sister Adele Howard has taken the work of the Mercy International Association in promoting reflection and action on the themes of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si' to the world stage.

Sr Adele writes that during her participation in the recent Laudato Si' conference at the Vatican, she was able to share a new Mercy International resource with other attendees, including Cardinal Peter Turkson, head of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

0618ClimateCoalition 150A worldwide Catholic movement that was born out of a need "to do something" about climate change four years ago has grown to include almost 700 organisations, Mercyworld.org reports.

The Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) founding president Amy Woolam Echeverria visited Australia recently. She gave a talk on the establishment, growth and work of the movement to the Mercy Sisters, their colleagues and members of other religious orders at the Mercy Action and Spirituality Hub in Melbourne.

0518 BrGuyVaticanObservatory 150The human understanding of the universe had been limited by what humans have perceived the cosmos to be versus the reality of what the cosmos truly represents, according to the Director of the Vatican Observatory, Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, who visited Australia recently.

"We tend to make the universe shrink to match our expectations. Pull yourself out of the universe that you and I live in," he said. "The universe is marvellous and that’s why I claim that doing science is a religious act."

0418EarthDayMore than one billion people in 192 countries across the globe are expected to take part in Earth Day on April 22, with the focus on mobilising the world to end plastic pollution.

Earth Day is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world, during which people march, sign petitions, meet with their elected officials, plant trees, clean up their towns and roads.

0318EcologyJesuits 150Jesuit Social Services has been on a journey of introducing ecology into its organisational structure, culture and programs, convinced that green issues are also social justice issues, writes Bronwyn Lay in Eureka Street.

The CEO Julie Edwards was inspired to introduce ecology into a traditionally social justice focused organisation seven years before Pope Francis' environmental encyclical Laudato Si' was released.

0218solarpanels 150St Vincent’s Health Australia, Australia’s largest non-government health and aged care provider, is leading the way in taking steps to reduce the carbon imprint of its hospitals and health facilities, the ABC reports.

SVHA, which operates six public hospitals, nine private hospitals and 17 aged care facilities, is overseeing a plan which has been reducing the environmental impact of operations, as well as saving money.

Monday, 04 December 2017 12:38

'Kiribati is going underwater'

1712 eriKiribati 150“My country is in peril from rising seas so I am here to appeal for urgent climate action, otherwise we will lose our homes. Kiribati is going under water,” writes Eri Aram for Caritas Australia.

Eri, a 28-year old father of three from Kiribati, was in Australia recently to tell the story of his country. He then attended the UN climate summit in Germany to ensure his people are given a voice in determining future climate policy.

Aus climate petition 2017Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists and Hindus have been pounding the nation’s pavements collecting signatures for what may be one of the largest grassroots, multi-electorate climate petitions in our nation’s history, according to a media release by Caritas Australia.

season of creation 2017 cvrDownload the Catholic Season of Creation, a liturgical resource for celebrating creation during the Sundays of September.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 21:43

Protecting the earth

helping the worldThe recent edition of 'Writing Rings for righting wrongs' focuses on protecting the earth and offers information and points for reflection and action in the context of energy policy and issues.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 20:16

Countering alternative facts

looking glassThe June edition of Watermark looks beyond the apparent global plague of “fake news” that is attempting to undermine traditional information sources.

Fr Brian McCoy sjAustralian Provincial Fr Brian McCoy sj has committed the Australian Jesuits to joining with other organisations around the world in responding to the call to divest from fossil fuels. 

hiking girls"Connecting People to Nature", the theme of World Environment Day 2017, calls us to go outdoors, be #WithNature and heed the call to protect the earth.

amor XVII logoThe 2017 Asia-Oceania Meeting of Religious (AMOR XVII) in Myanmar early this year have shared a unified response to the challenge of climate change as they call for global ecological conversion.

Thursday, 27 April 2017 11:44

Understanding integral ecology

LaudatoSi BlueMts150The Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center (IPJC) explores the framework of integral ecology and offers ideas for putting it in practice.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 14:35

Earth Day 2017 resources

earth day 2017 posterLooking for Earth Day resources? We've listed some items for use even beyond the April 22nd celebration.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 12:33

Water and ocean reflection series

underwater in seaMercy Global Action offers a 12-week reflective resource highlighting issues surrounding our planet’s seas and oceans in the lead up to the ‘The Ocean Conference’ in June 2017.

clri end coalWatermark, a publication of the Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes in NSW or CLRI(NSW) explores the challenges contained in the State of the Environment 2016 report and the work ahead to fulfill the Paris Climate Agreement.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 11:28

Help the community climate petition 2017

helping hands earth150With the federal government conducting a climate policy review later this year, we’re inviting people to gather signatures, on paper, for a giant petition in their own electorate to advocate for climate action and increase engagement on this issue.

paddockRegister now for Catholic Earthcare's symposium and retreat for clergy, religious and lay people seeking to integrate Laudato Si’ into their way of being on Earth.

Global Catholic Climate Movt logoThe Global Catholic Climate Movement's global campaign, #Mercy2Earth, encourages Catholics to reflect on Pope Francis’ appeal to show mercy to our common home with key events starting from Lent.

Laudato Si cover150A study led by Cornell University communication researchers found that Pope Francis’ framing of climate change as a moral issue has helped shift views on climate action, especially among the politically conservative.

sea level rise pacificThe November 2016 declaration of the Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania appealed for “courageous, far-sighted governance shaped by the principles of the common good and justice for all human persons” in climate action in the Pacific.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 10:18

Stories from the front line of climate change

kiribati sos filmWatch these two videos featuring stories on the impact of climate change on Kiribati and other communities.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 16:36

Fr Sean McDonagh, a missionary for creation

Fr Sean McDonagh ssc 2On his speaking tour in Australia last month, Irish Columban Father Sean McDonagh talks about the gift of Laudato Si' to the Church and how we can make it our own with urgency and climate action, writes Peter Bugden.

drought soilThe Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes in NSW or CLRI(NSW) has published its latest issue of Watermark, providing a resource on extreme weather events and its relationship to climate change.

Pope Francis and Patriarch BartholomewIt is the “least” and most vulnerable or marginalized among us that are inequitably affected and irreversibly impacted by climate change, said Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in his message to the COP22 gathering in Morocco.

ismapng sustainabilityThe Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG) has launched its Sustainability Policy – ‘An Integrated Approach to Sustainable Living’ via a livestream broadcast on Friday, 4 November 2016.

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