Home » Stewardship of our planet You are browsing entries filed in “Stewardship of our planet”

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 »

Turning up the heat: how the diplomatic push for 1.5℃ unfolded in Paris. 

Turning up the heat: how the diplomatic push for 1.5℃ unfolded in Paris. 

Bill Hare Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research The inclusion of a 1.5℃ temperature limit in the new Paris climate agreement was a major victory for the poorest countries and island nations who came to Paris saying they wanted the world to act. By placing the 1.5℃ limit alongside the legally binding goal to hold […]

February 8th, 2016 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Breakthrough in Paris climate talks.

Breakthrough in Paris climate talks.

Peter Whiting.  What a Christmas present! The UN Climate Change conference in Paris concluded with a 31-page global agreement on dealing with climate change, committing to : Limit greenhouse emissions to avoid global temperatures rising 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels Aim at holding temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Reach zero emissions by the second half of […]

December 14th, 2015 | Posted in Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

The Paris climate agreement at a glance.

The Paris climate agreement at a glance.

Emil Jeyaratnam, The Conversation; James Whitmore, The Conversation; Michael Hopkin, The Conversation, and Wes Mountain, The Conversation   On December 12, 2015 in Paris, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change finally came to a landmark agreement. Signed by 196 nations, the Paris Agreement is the first comprehensive global treaty to combat climate change, […]

December 13th, 2015 | Posted in Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Pope Benedict on the environment.

Pope Benedict on the environment.

Dr Augustine Doronila.  Review of Pope Benedict XVI. The Garden of God: toward a Human Ecology (edited by Maria Morciano), Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 218 pp, 2014. It might surprise many that Pope Benedict was called by some the ‘Green Pope’, because of his concern about climate change and environmental issues. In writing […]

December 13th, 2015 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Towards an ecological conversion.

Towards an ecological conversion.

Technoscience, nature, & the good life.  Geoff Lacey.  As never before, global warming threatens the future of civilisation and the integrity of the ecosystems that sustain all life. Prominent environmental writer, Geoff Lacey, examines what needs to change in our practice and thinking so that technology truly becomes the servant of humanity, not a sorcerer leading […]

December 13th, 2015 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Recent articles by SPC members,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

In search of a sustainable future: the Paris climate conference & the impact of Pope Francis.

In search of a sustainable future: the Paris climate conference & the impact of Pope Francis.

Dr Augustine Doronila. Wednesday 2 December 2015 7:30pm. 34 Bedford Street Box Hill.  This address follows the SPC 2015 AGM, which commences at 7pm.  Download a flyer. Ecological issues involved in the Paris Climate Change conference (COP21), and the contribution of Pope Francis’s document, Laudato Si’.   Dr Augustine Doronila is an environmental scientist from […]

November 12th, 2015 | Posted in Events,SPC Events 2015,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Cleaning up the mess on climate policy.

Cleaning up the mess on climate policy.

Nicholas Rowley. It is one of the rarely considered consequences of the sad story of Australia’s national policy response to climate change, that many of our finest public servants have sadly wasted years of analysis and effort to dutifully serve the demands of their political masters. More than ten years ago analysis by Ken Henry […]

November 5th, 2015 | Posted in Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »

Australians can be sustainable without sacrificing lifestyle or economy.

Australians can be sustainable without sacrificing lifestyle or economy.

Steve Hatfield-Dodds Chief Scientist, Integration Science & Public Policy, CSIRO   This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article   A sustainable Australia is possible – but we have to choose it. That’s the finding of a paper published today in Nature. The paper is the result of a larger project to […]

November 5th, 2015 | Posted in Feature,Stewardship of our planet | Read More »