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Caring for Creation

The Social Justice Committee of the Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes in NSW (CLRI NSW) has released a YouTube video about what children in Kiribati and Australia think of climate change, aiming to promote advocacy on this issue in the lead up to the federal election, reports Mercy Sister Sharon Price. 

The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) will be launching the Christian Climate Action Kit in Sydney on Sunday, 16 June 2013. The kit is an up-to-date, online, comprehensive resource with creative ideas to empower Christians to assist their communities to respond to climate change and to care for Creation.

Friday, 10 May 2013 14:09

Stop until it's safe

Mercy Sister Dierdre Gardiner introduces us to Debbie Orr and her family who have experienced health issues which they associate with coal seam gas mining in their small Queensland town and are urging for more studies on the impact of coal seam gas mining on people's health and the environment.

The Josephite Justice Office (JJO), a ministry of the Congregations of the Sisters of St Joseph, recently presented a submission to The Department of Planning and Infrastructure NSW to express concern about the rapid growth of coal seam gas exploration, reports the Josephite E-News.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 22:58

Coal seam gas mining and associated issues

The Justice Network has been alerted to several developments regarding coal seam gas mining and related issues. Sr Suzette Clark rsc lists down these concerns and offers resources for raising awareness on the detrimental effects of coal seam gas mining and some recommendations for action.

Sister of Mercy Dierdre Gardiner of the CRA Justice Group provides an update on the efforts and advocacy of many Australian religious men and women in protest of coal seam gas mining and on the environmental and health concerns surrounding this issue.

Queensland Presentation Sister Rosemary Grundy pvbm and associates from Australia and New Zealand are making their voices heard in the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference in Brazil on 20-22 June 2012.

John Wallis Foundation logo US scientist, academic and author, Dr Larry Edwards will be presenting a workshop on the ‘Gifts of the Universe: Living in Gratefulness’ in Brisbane on 6 June and in Toowoomba on 5 June.

Bimblebox, a documentary exploring the huge Australian coal export industry and its threat to nature reserves like Bimblebox is screening at a number of locations around the country from 1 April.

coal seam gas mining imageThe Coal Seam Gas Moratorium Bill will be voted on in the Upper House of the NSW Parliament this Thursday, 15 March.  Your support is needed to ensure the progress of the Bill.

Significant concerns with coal seam gas mining are the potential impacts that this industry will have on water security, food production, the environment and our health.

Sr Geraldine Kearney sgs and Archbishop Tutu Sister Geraldine Kearney’s lack of knowledge on cricket didn’t dampen her recent meeting with the jovial and inspirational Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011 10:11

Defend our Water: Sunday October 16

This Sunday, rallies and community events are being held across the country on the issue of coal seam gas mining. Participants will be letting politicians know that they want this mining stopped until the impacts on our water, environment and health are known. The Sydney rally will start at 12 noon at Martin Place in the CBD. 

Wednesday, 05 October 2011 15:50

Ride to Worship Week

ARRCC Ride to Worship WeekAustralian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) is encouraging people of all faiths to cycle, walk or use another form of environmentally-friendly transport to get to and from religious activities such as Sunday Mass during Ride to Worship Week, 7-13 October.

Wednesday, 03 August 2011 16:11

Ecology is at heart of Christian faith

Fr Denis EdwardsIn his keynote address at the 2010 National Assembly, theologian Father Denis Edwards called for an ecological conversion that involves a new way of seeing, thinking and acting.

Wednesday, 03 August 2011 16:07

Good Sams mark 20 years in Kiribati

Sr Tibwau sgs and Sr Marie Ó'Shea sgsThis year, 2011 marks the 20th anniversary since the Sisters of the Good Samaritan first arrived in the Pacific Island of Kiribati, writes Stephanie Thomas*.

Wednesday, 03 August 2011 16:05

Sisters show Mercy for the earth

The Sisters of Mercy Bathurst responded to Pope John Paul II's call to ecological conversion by establishing the Rahamim Ecological Learning Community in their western NSW town.

Wednesday, 03 August 2011 05:35

Franciscans follows in footsteps of Francis

The Franciscan Friars in the Province of the Holy Spirit are following in St Francis' footsteps to restore nature to its status of brother and sister.

Wednesday, 03 August 2011 05:30

ErinEarth is a Presentation gift

ErinEarth foundation stone, Wagga Wagga, NSWWith the support of the local community, two Presentation Sisters have created an environmental oasis in the NSW Riverina town of Wagga Wagga.

Wednesday, 03 August 2011 05:26

One Sister’s story of simple living

From her small stone worker's cottage in Oamaru, New Zealand, Blessed Sacrament Sister Marie Grunke SSS shares her story of being part of a community committed to sustainable living.

Wednesday, 03 August 2011 05:17

Talking about the carbon tax

The debate over the Federal Government's proposed carbon tax has polarised over the past couple of months making it difficult for the facts and reason to be heard writes Sister Annette Cunliffe.

Wednesday, 03 August 2011 05:12

Ecological immersion in Hobart

Sr Anne Derwin rsj How blessed those of us were who gathered in Hobart for our 2010 National Assembly. The maritime beauty of historic Hobart and the warmth of welcome of our Tasmanian members made for a perfect setting for these valuable days of reflection, discussion and companionship.

Wednesday, 03 August 2011 05:07

Leaders commit to environmental sustainability

Hobart, Tasmania June 2010The backdrop of the Derwent River and Hobart Harbour was a wonderful setting for religious leaders to immerse themselves in the topic of ecology and the following of Jesus at CRA's 2010 National Assembly.

Wednesday, 03 August 2011 05:01

Elder encourages care for the earth

Betty Pike Aboriginal elder Elizabeth Pike moved, inspired and challenged religious leaders with her reflections on her life, her faith and her abiding connection to the land.

Sr Clare Condon sgsCatholic Religious Australia, at its 2010 National Assembly at the end of June, will focus on one of the most important social justice issues of our time: our ecology, and the place that the earth and our cosmos play in supporting our identity in this world.

Wednesday, 03 August 2011 04:48

United on climate change

Sr Geraldine Kearney sgsGood Samaritan Sister Geraldine Kearney was part of a group of religious leaders that met with the Prime Minister earlier this month to encourage action on climate change.

Wednesday, 03 August 2011 04:46

Tell me more about the carbon tax

Frances Egan, Research Officer for the CLRI (NSW) Social Justice Committee, explains the carbon tax and gives some succinct reasons for its introduction.

Wednesday, 03 August 2011 04:43

Some hope from the Cancun conference

While not a perfect outcome, the building blocks for further global action were set in train at the recent UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico says Geraldine Kearney SGS.

Senator Christine Milne, leader of the GreensGreens Senator Christine Milne urged religious leaders to start conversations in communities around the values of caring for creation.

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