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Responding to the Anthropocene.

What does it mean to be human, responsible for a deep future? Professor David G Horrell Wednesday 19 July 6-7:30pm Collins St Baptist Church 374 Collins Street Melbourne Bookings, aelvey@tpg.com.au. A free event. Professor Horrell from the University of Exeter, with others, will speak to questions like those raised in Clive Hamilton’s Defiant Earth. David G Horrell […]

June 29th, 2017 | Posted in Events,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 »

Hugh Lacey on Ecology & Social Justice.

Hugh Lacey: Laudato Si’, GM crops, & agroecology in Brazil. Sunday 5 March 1:30pm St Ambrose Hall, 3 Dawson Street, Brunswick Special attention to agroecology, an alternative to genetically modified organism-intensive agriculture. Respondents: Dr Anne Elvey and Simon Reeves Because of the Sydney Rd. Street Party, parts of the street will be closed to traffic. The […]

February 8th, 2017 | Posted in Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

We can still keep global warming below 2℃, but the hard work is about to start.

We can still keep global warming below 2℃, but the hard work is about to start.

Pep Canadell CSIRO. Corinne Le Quéré University of East Anglia. Glen Peters Center for International Climate & Environment Research Oslo. Last year, we found that the growth in global fossil fuel emissions has stalled over the past three years. But does this mean we are on track to keep global warming below 2℃, as agreed […]

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

Putting carbon back in the land is just a smokescreen for real climate action: Climate Council report.

Putting carbon back in the land is just a smokescreen for real climate action: Climate Council report.

Martin Rice Macquarie University & Will Steffen Australian National University. Just as people pump greenhouse gases into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels, the land also absorbs some of those emissions. Plants, as they grow, use carbon dioxide and store it within their bodies. However, as the Climate Council’s latest report shows, Australia’s fossil fuels (including those burned […]

October 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

What has happened to the Sustainable Development Goals?

What has happened to the Sustainable Development Goals?

Gary Harkin. September 2016 marked the first anniversary of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – one year down, 14 to go! Yet Australian media have been notably quiet about these critical Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals comprise a systematic program agreed in September 2015 by 193 world leaders, which aim to achieve three extraordinary […]

October 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

How Scared or Hopeful Should We Be in a Warming World?

How Scared or Hopeful Should We Be in a Warming World?

Clive Hamilton. For anyone who takes notice of the climate change debate, a mass of often-contradictory information comes flooding into our lives. Some of it prompts great alarm. The Great Barrier Reef is suffering severe bleaching. Wild fires are consuming Alberta. Last year was the warmest on record, and 15 of the 16 hottest years […]

July 6th, 2016 | Posted in Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Ecological conversion & discovering the land.

Ecological conversion & discovering the land.

Geoff Lacey. This article is based on a talk given at the symposium, Care for all that exists, held at the Carmelite Centre, Middle Park, 26-28 May 2016. Geoff Lacey is a pioneer in environmental engineer, who has written several books on the Victorian environment. His most recent book is Sufficient for the Day: Towards […]

July 5th, 2016 | Posted in Recent articles by SPC members,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Australia’s overseas aid shrinking.

Australia’s overseas aid shrinking.

Bruce Duncan. Despite lobbying from many groups, the May federal budget for 2016-2017 is hacking another $224 million from Australia’s overseas aid, reducing our aid to $3.8 billion, and as a percentage of our national income to just 0.23%, our lowest level ever. The Coalition had already cut $1.1 billion off our aid, reducing spending in Africa […]

May 6th, 2016 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Politics,Recent articles by SPC members,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Naomi Klein. This changes everything: capitalism vs climate change.

Naomi Klein. This changes everything: capitalism vs climate change.

Reviewed by Kevin Peoples. This politically-charged book reads like a great dramatic novel. The drama is fixed in a clash of values. On one side are the powerful free-market fundamentalists. They are the rich and powerful of the world, committed to wealth, consumerism, and materialism, the articulate voices for profit-driven growth. Their actions rape the […]

April 10th, 2016 | Posted in Book Reviews,Economic issues,Feature,Global poverty,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »