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Last call on climate – evidence for a demise of the planetary life support system.

Last call on climate – evidence for a demise of the planetary life support system.

Andrew Glikson. In a key paper titled “Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene“, published in the Proceedings of the US National Academy of Science on 6 August, a group of 17 climate and environment scientists issued a stern warning to humanity about the future of advanced life on Earth. The paper states: We […]

September 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

‘Liveability’ for whom?

‘Liveability’ for whom?

Peter Whiting. With the Victorian elections due in November, the timing of the recent announcement of a “visionary’ $50 billion underground rail loop for Melbourne is not entirely surprising. It follows a similar ‘visionary’ proposal for a city-to-airport link at an envisaged cost of $15 billion. It is a sad reality that infrastructure spending on […]

August 31st, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Jeffrey Sachs. We are all climate refugees now.

Jeffrey Sachs. We are all climate refugees now.

This summer’s fires, droughts, and record-high temperatures should serve as a wake-up call. The longer a narrow and ignorant elite condemns Americans and the rest of humanity to wander aimlessly in the political desert, the more likely it is that we will all end up in a wasteland. NEW YORK. Modern humans, born into one […]

August 15th, 2018 | Posted in Asylum seekers,Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

First Confession: A sort of memoir by Chris Patten.

First Confession: A sort of memoir by Chris Patten.

Reviewed by Bill Frilay. Chris Patten has written a very interesting memoir on his multi-faceted life in politics, coupled with observations on his contemporaries and the issues of the day. Indeed, a full life. Brought up Catholic (of Irish descent on his father’s side) middle class in West London and educated in the Catholic school […]

August 14th, 2018 | Posted in Book Reviews,Feature,Politics | Read More »

Voices for Justice. A program for Aid advocates

Micah Australia is hosting a four-day training program in Canberra 1-4 December 2018 for people committed to working for a better and more just world. The program includes two days of training and workshops with leading speakers, and a final two days lobbying politicians in Parliament House. The program is hosted by Micah Australia’s new […]

August 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Events,Global poverty | Read More »

Ecosystems across Australia are collapsing under climate change.

Ecosystems across Australia are collapsing under climate change.

Rebecca Harris University of Tasmania David Bowman University of Tasmania Linda Beaumont Macquarie University. To the chagrin of the tourist industry, the Great Barrier Reef has become a notorious victim of climate change. But it is not the only Australian ecosystem on the brink of collapse. Further reading It’s official: 2016’s Great Barrier Reef bleaching was unlike anything that […]

August 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

What Aboriginal Catholics & other Christians offer the future of this land.

What Aboriginal Catholics &  other Christians offer the future of this land.

Sherry Balcombe. As Aboriginal people, we are spiritual beings by nature. I suppose that was God’s purpose. Our spirituality is so entwined with our culture, customs and lore, they cannot be separated and exist together. We have a deep respect for everything in our world. The land we consider to be alive; she is our […]

July 31st, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Indigenous Issues | Read More »

Why Francis values the assassinated Archbishop Romero so highly.

Why Francis values the assassinated Archbishop Romero so highly.

Rowan Ireland. The assassinated Archbishop of San Salvador 1977-80, Oscar Arturo Romero, is to be canonised in October. It is time to reflect again on Romero’s life and times in El Salvador, and on the significance of his canonisation now. Romero became known around the world when he was assassinated by a right-wing militiaman in […]

July 30th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »

Climate change: verging on a slow-burning apocalypse?

Climate change: verging on a slow-burning apocalypse?

Bruce Duncan. Astonishingly, some people are still not convinced about the dangers of climate change, despite frequent reports of extreme weather events, rising sea levels and record global temperatures. Europe in July experienced an extreme heat wave, even reaching into the Arctic Circle. Exceptionally severe forest fires have raged as far north as Sweden. Africa […]

July 23rd, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

The Thai cave rescue & the surge of common humanity.

The Thai cave rescue & the surge of common humanity.

Chris Mulherin. Until last month, Richard Harris was, to me, a fondly remembered Irish actor. But on the global stage, the new Richard Harris, ‘Harry’, is an Adelaide anaesthetist/medical recovery expert, and, in his spare time, an expert cave diver. He is also a man who avoids publicity and fandom. In a world in which […]

July 23rd, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Peace,Recent articles by SPC members | Read More »