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Austen Ivereigh on Pope Francis

Prominent UK author, Dr Austen Ivereigh, Tuesday 21 March 2019, 5.00-6.30pm ‘Close and Concrete: Pope Francis evangelising in a world of flux’ in The Oratory, Newman College, 887 Swanston St., Parkville VIC. Response by Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez of Honduras, coordinator of Pope Francis’s C9 group for Reform of the Church. Part of Helder Camara lecture […]

December 24th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Events,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Climate change: “the most important issue we face”.

Climate change: “the most important issue we face”.

Peter Whiting. At the UN’s COP24 climate talks currently under way in Poland, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres described climate change as “the most important issue we face”. The address by Sir David Attenborough was unequivocal in its alarm, fearing the collapse of our civilisations, and recognising climate change as a “man-made disaster of global […]

December 4th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

IPCC’s 1.5 degrees C report makes Paris Agreement redundant.

IPCC’s 1.5 degrees C report makes Paris Agreement redundant.

Peter Sainsbury. The report ‘Global Warming of 1.5C’ was published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in October 2018. Although the report does not say so, the evidence it presents renders the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change redundant. It asks the wrong question, and its goals and strategies are now revealed to […]

December 1st, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

The science is clear: we have to start creating our low-carbon future today.

The science is clear: we have to start creating our low-carbon future today.

Alan Finkel Office of the Chief Scientist. This week’s release of the special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has put scientific evidence on the front page of the world’s newspapers. As Australia’s Chief Scientist, I hope it will be recognised as a tremendous validation of the work that scientists do. The […]

November 1st, 2018 | Posted in Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

New UN report outlines ‘urgent, transformational’ change needed to hold global warming to 1.5°C.

New UN report outlines ‘urgent, transformational’ change needed to hold global warming to 1.5°C.

Mark Howden Australian National University and Rebecca Colvin Australian National University A landmark report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, commissioned at the breakthrough 2015 summit that brokered the Paris climate agreement, outlines what’s at stake in the world’s bid to limit global temperature rise to 1.5℃. The report, released today, sets out the […]

November 1st, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Earth@Peace. How to secure ‘just and ecologically sustainable peace’.

Interviews and panel discussions with leading thinkers, with working groups, including a discussion in ‘hypothetical’ format with 12 leaders and experts on implications of Australia attempting to apply the principles of a just and ecologically sustainable peace. 23-24 April 2019, 9am-5:30pm Evening events 7.30pm Pilgrim Theological College Melbourne 29 College Crescent Parkville 3052 For information, […]

October 28th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Events,Peace,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Ignore the planet & our grandchildren at our peril.

Ignore the planet & our grandchildren at our peril.

John Menadue The government has thrown in its lot with climate sceptics, the loony right, which includes the Murdoch media and the coal miners. We have a government with no policy on climate change at all. The responses by the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, and Ministers for the Environment and Energy to the latest […]

October 28th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

At its current rate, Australia is on track for 50% renewable electricity in 2025.

At its current rate, Australia is on track for 50% renewable electricity in 2025.

Ken Baldwin Australian National University Andrew Blakers Australian National University Matthew Stocks Australian National University The Australian renewable energy industry will install more than 10 gigawatts of new solar and wind power during 2018 and 2019. If that rate is maintained, Australia would reach 50% renewables in 2025. The recent demise of the National Energy Guarantee saw the […]

September 20th, 2018 | Posted in Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Wilful ignorance about the threat of climate change.

Wilful ignorance about the threat of climate change.

Bruce Duncan.  The events around the removal of Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister of Australia have caused dismay and anger right across the country, not just because of the internecine politics involved but because the malcontents have undermined efforts to face the terrible threats posed by global warming and climate change. Our new prime minister, […]

September 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

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 »