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YTU COURSE. Action for a fair world: Pope Francis, inequality, and the SDGs.

Equity & Sustainability. Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Weekly lectures Second Semester 2018 Monday nights 6-9pm 30 July – 29 October Enrollment period 25 June 2018 to 12 July 2018 For information, contact Dr Bruce Duncan CSsR 0409 897 971  |  b.duncan@ytu.edu.au. For an appointment, call YTU Reception 03 […]

June 1st, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Events,SPC Events 2018,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Solar PV & wind are on track to replace all coal, oil, and gas within two decades.

Solar PV & wind are on track to replace all coal, oil, and gas within two decades.

Solar photovoltaics are now the world’s leading source of new electricity generation. Andrew Blakers  & Matthew Stocks Solar photovoltaic and wind power are rapidly becoming cheaper and more abundant than ever – so much so that they are on track to supplant fossil fuels worldwide entirely within two decades, with the time frame depending mostly […]

May 3rd, 2018 | Posted in Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Why do the critical Sustainable Development Goals receive so little attention in Australia?

Why do the critical Sustainable Development Goals receive so little attention in Australia?

Loreto Sister Libby Rogerson. The decision on 25 September 2015 by the 193 member states of the UN to endorse, support and promote a global program to eradicate world poverty was nothing short of momentous. The 17 goals with their respective targets and indicators were laid out in the document Transforming Our World: the 2030 […]

March 31st, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Global poverty,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Yarra Flats Melbourne. Freeway link & ecological network.

Yarra Flats Melbourne. Freeway link & ecological network.

Geoff Lacey. A clash of values Towards the end of 2017, the Victorian Government put forward a proposal to build a North-East Link Freeway. Their preferred route follows the Greensborough Highway south, and connects with the Eastern Freeway. VicRoads would use tunnelling in some of the ‘residential and sensitive environmental areas’. The tunnel would cross […]

February 12th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Hunger in the lucky country. Charities step in where government fails.

Hunger in the lucky country. Charities step in where government fails.

Carol Richards. Queensland University of Technology The non-profit organisation Foodbank released its report Fighting Hunger in Australia this month. Like earlier research it reported that around 15% of Australians experienced food insecurity – an extraordinary figure given up to 40% of edible, but cosmetically imperfect, food is discarded before it reaches the market. The survey […]

February 1st, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Global poverty,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Australia’s 2017 carbon emission projections – yet more spin & red herrings from the Australian government.

Australia’s 2017 carbon emission projections – yet more spin & red herrings from the Australian government.

Peter Sainsbury. Despite Australia committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28% before 2030, compared to 2005, the Australian government is projecting, but trying hard to cover up, a 3.5% increase in greenhouse gas emissions between now and 2030. It is also encouraging companies to increase their emissions if they can increase their productivity, thus […]

January 27th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

The triple target for electricity supply: cutting emissions, curbing price, ensuring supply.

Bill Frilay. If ever there were an industry at an inflexion point, it is our electricity supply industry. In most states, supply has long come from black or brown coal used to fuel large generators in the coal fields by state-owned monopoly enterprises. We now have major changes and challenges: privatisation of the industry in […]

November 28th, 2017 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees: really hard, but not impossible.

Keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees: really hard, but not impossible.

Dave Frame Victoria University of Wellington & H Damon Matthews Concordia University. The Paris climate agreement has two aims: “holding the increase in global average temperature to well below 2℃ above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5℃”. The more ambitious of these is not yet out of reach, according […]

October 6th, 2017 | Posted in Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Wake up, Australia: many people need our aid urgently.

Wake up, Australia: many people need our aid urgently.

Bruce Duncan. Foreign aid is not just a matter of offering charity to people in need overseas. It is very important for our own security and development as a nation. Particularly is this so when climate change is rewriting the rules on how the whole weather system works. The historically unprecedented hurricane and flooding in […]

September 7th, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Global poverty,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Small-scale farmers vital in the struggle for social equity & environment sustainability.

Small-scale farmers vital in the struggle for social equity & environment sustainability.

Rowan Ireland. Rowan Ireland reflects on the seminar Towards a clean & sustainable world: three perspectives on agriculture in developing countries, Victoria University Melbourne 23 February 2017. The seminar posed an enormous challenge, especially daunting for all those concerned with small-scale farming around the world: how to ‘develop and implement practices and policies consistent with […]

March 2nd, 2017 | Posted in Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »