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Caring for Creation

WED 2015 FBWorld Environment Day this year is celebrated on June 5. This year's theme, "Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care." highlights the reality that the Earth’s ecosystems are nearing critical tipping points of depletion or irreversible change, pushed by high population growth and economic development.

ARRCC ark150The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), a coalition of religious leaders from various faiths, has written to the Prime Minister and to Members of Parliament on both sides of politics, calling for Australia to increase its target for reducing carbon emissions, reports the Archdiocese of Melbourne's Media and Communications Office.

Global Catholic Climate Movt logoThe Global Catholic Climate Movement offers a collection of church teachings on ecology by previous Popes and other Catholic voices for reading and reflection prior to the publication of the papal encyclical on June/July 2015.

Catholic Earthcare logo 150Catholic Earthcare's page on the upcoming papal ecological encyclical offers a layman's understanding of this much anticipated document, providing news updates and links surrounding its publication.

Monday, 11 May 2015 14:23

Climate change and the common good

planting hands 150The Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences have jointly published a new document, "Climate Change and the Common Good" which sets out a statement of the problem and the need for transformative solutions.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 11:12

ARRCC Community organising workshop

ARRCC ark150Would you like to be able to animate meaningful action in your community to address climate change, but there are various hurdles and blocks? ARRCC is offering a Sydney workshop on 16 May 2015 to have you feeling more empowered and effective. 

Sunday, 22 March 2015 21:01

Earth Hour 2015

earth hour 2015Earth Hour 2015 will be on Saturday, March 28 from 8:30-9:30 pm local time. Register your event online or find out the many ways you can express your commitment to the planet.

Monday, 09 March 2015 13:39

An invitation from creation

pink flowerGood Samaritan Sister Liz Wiemers reflects on the new cosmology through a series of photographs she captured during a recent sabbatical in Ireland and Germany, aiming for “sacred seeing” - to see beneath the surface and see the ever-changing face of God.

Monday, 09 February 2015 13:44

Lenten reflections on caring for creation

green-teamwork150In preparation for Pope Francis' much anticipated encyclical on the environment and Easter, prayer resources are available for reflecting on environmental stewardship more deeply this Lenten season.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 10:46

Global Divestment Day 2015

fossilfree150On February 13-14, Australia will join the world to break up with fossil fuels and call on others to do the same as part of the first ever Global Divestment Day.

cop20lima logoAustralia's pledge to contribute to the Green Climate Fund during negotiations at the 2014 Climate Change Conference in Lima is good news, according to the latest e-news from EarthSong.

Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:18

Religions: Get on board with ecological crisis

helping the world“The majority of religious people have not really taken on board the magnitude of the ecological crisis and the urgency with which it must be addressed,” says well-known eco-missionary, Columban Fr Sean McDonagh in a media release from the Columban Mission Institute Centre for Peace, Ecology and Justice.

Thursday, 04 December 2014 14:07

Prayers and updates on COP 20 in Peru

Columbans Lima vigilOn Tuesday December 2nd, people from Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist traditions came together in Sydney’s beautiful Botanical Gardens to kick off a prayer campaign as the UN Conference of Parties negotiations (COP20) began in Lima, Peru.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 01:05

Divestment: taking action on climate change

helping hands earth150The Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes in NSW recently released its latest edition of Watermark, exploring divestment as a powerful way for individuals to take action on climate change.

Friday, 12 September 2014 10:05

People's Climate March

peoplesmarch2014In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. An unprecedental global mobilisation will take place over the weekend of 21 September to peacefully take to the streets and demand that world leaders take action on climate change. Join in solidarity with the People's March through events happening across Australia.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 08:39

ARRCC fundraising dinners in Sydney and Melbourne

ARRCC ark150The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), a multi-faith network taking action on climate change, will hold fundraising dinners in Sydney and Melbourne on Wednesday 17th September.

Catholic Earthcare logo graphic150Are you wondering about your role in leadership with Creation & Reconciliation for mission? Catholic Earthcare Australia is now accepting registrations of interest, from those in leadership roles within the Church and its allied organisations for the 2014 Creation & Reconciliation Pilgrimage. 

ARRCC ark150Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) encourages people of faith to move their money into banks and super funds which screen out investments in fossil fuel extraction. Small institutional trustees could also take steps, in phases, to divest from fossil fuels. Dozens of religious trustees have already begun this process.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 10:32

Climate catch up from CLRI(NSW)

clri climate catchupThe Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes in NSW or CLRI(NSW) released a climate change report for June 2014 looking at the state of the nation in terms of climate change and possible solutions in 2014.

Friday, 13 June 2014 13:51

Bike power at Rahamim

Rahamim logo 150Rahamim Ecological Learning Community's recent community initiative was met with great enthusiasm, an idea that stemmed from its sustainability workshops that aim to promote an understanding of the planet, respect for humanity and reverence for creation, writes Sister Mary-Ann Casanova rsj, Executive Director at Rahamim.

Catholic Earthcare logo graphic150Catholic Earthcare launched the National Energy Efficiency Network (NEEN) on World Environment Day, which will be followed by similar events across Australia to enable participants to learn more and collaborate on energy efficiency, according to this Media Release from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

fossilfree150Is your organization or community interested in moving your money out of coal, oil and gas exploration, extraction and infrastructure but it all seems too complicated? Thea Ormerod, Chair of The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), invites everyone to a webinar on divesting from fossil fuels on 15 May 2014, Thursday with the help of accredited financial adviser Karen McLeod.

I stand with TheaReligious leaders, adding their voices to the protest of the Gomeroi people, have been arrested at Maules Creek in northwest New South Wales, Australia for blocking access to Whitehaven's Coal's mine site, reports 350.org.

Monday, 03 March 2014 10:56

CRA helps highlight the impact of coal

land water future logoCatholic Religious Australia recently signed a statement with leading NGOs and civil society organisations to support the unprecedented public stand taken this month by Australian health experts on coal and health, putting the evidence of coal’s health impacts on the national agenda as a top-tier issue.

ARRCC ark150Thea Ormerod, Chair of Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), invites us to seriously consider divestment from fossil fuels, which involves moving your money, individually or communally, out of fossil fuels in a staged and deliberate way.

Monday, 18 November 2013 21:08

Climate change and the dialogue with values

helpinghands150The World Water Week forum in Stockholm demonstrated the urgent need for broad action beyond government or economic regulation. Jesuits José Ignacio García and Pedro Walpole emphasise what even scientists in the forum recognised: the need for a language and a pedagogy that is easily understandable and engaging, for people to value sharing, caring and simplicity of lifestyle.

Monday, 18 November 2013 12:46


Sr Patricia Powell rsm150Our value as humans derives from our being part of planetary creation. Mercy Sister Patricia Powell reflects on this shift in our understanding of community and what it means to belong to the community of all being.

Vidina Morales150Vidina Morales, one of the leading voices in the environmental defence movement in El Salvador will be the guest speaker at the upcoming AFTINET Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 13 November 2013, 5:30pm.

Friday, 30 August 2013 21:16

Climate change and religion in Australia

Together with leaders of other religious traditions, CRA President Sister Annette Cunliffe rsc appears in a video by Greenpeace Australia appealing to political leaders to act on climate change.

Monday, 26 August 2013 11:32

Faith at a time of federal election

Asked by a reporter if it is proper for faith groups to speak out about climate change in an open letter at the time of a federal election, representatives of major Australian religions replied, "Yes, it is our duty". Columban Father Charles Rue reports on the letter and public event advocating for reductions in coal exports.

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