Posts Tagged ‘Climate Change’

Mother Earth: With greatest respect

Thursday, March 18th, 2021
Mother Earth

There are two prayers I love which both connect me to Mother Earth. The first is one my uncle said, as a grace before we ate as a family. I loved the rhythm of this prayer and although I do not recall the exact words, he would begin by giving thanks to God the Creator Read more

Climate change puts numerous Catholic schools at risk

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

Ninety-four New Zealand schools –  including at least 11 Catholic schools – are at risk of flooding. Niwa says sea level changes could create flooding around school buildings and roads. Then it would be difficult for children to get to and from their classrooms. Infrastructure would be affected. Seawater in pipes would cause school toilets Read more

Removing the stain of climate change from washing products

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

There’s a train coming and we’re all on the tracks. We know it’s coming, everybody’s talking about the train and how much it’s going to hurt when it arrives. But no one’s actually doing anything to stop it, or even slow it down. That’s how facing down climate change can often feel. Governments convene, agree Read more

Catholic institutions lead in divestment from fossil fuels

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

As the climate crisis rages around the world, many of the world’s governments continue to cling to energy sources of the past. But faith institutions around the world aren’t waiting for change. They’re committing to a brighter and cleaner future. Together, they’re acting out their values and showing the world once more that faith institutions Read more

Time to consider petrol and diesel car import ban, says climate change minister

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Climate Change Minister James Shaw​ wants to see a new petrol and diesel car ban, to kick in at the same time as the United Kingdom’s ban. During an interview with Stuff on his second-term priorities, Shaw said he would recommend the policy to new Transport Minister Michael Wood​ as an “anti-dumping measure” as well Read more

NZ emissions target likely to toughen

Monday, November 16th, 2020

New Zealand’s emissions target is likely to toughen if the Climate Change Minister, James Shaw, gets his way. Commenting on advice he received, Shaw says the current target is too weak to match the Government’s commitment to helping save the world and keep the world’s heating within 1.5 degrees celsius. Shaw says conclusive advice from Read more

How water vapour in the air adds to the greenhouse effect

Monday, November 9th, 2020
water vapour

Water vapour is an important greenhouse gas and the atmosphere contains a lot more of it than it does carbon dioxide. Despite this, the role of water vapour in climate change is often misunderstood. Water vapour is thought to drive two to three times as much warming of the earth via the greenhouse effect as Read more

Bolger challenges Ardern on environment promises

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

Former National Prime Minister Jim Bolger is challenging Jacinda Ardern to live up to her promises and deliver rapid progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Bolger says many people have been disappointed at the Government’s “timid response on Green issues” over the past three years, despite having the Green Party in Cabinet for the first Read more

Pope Francis rides on hyodrogen

Thursday, October 15th, 2020
Climate-Friendly Popemobile

Pope Francis has taken delivery of a hydrogen-powered climate-friendly Popemobile. The latest version of the Popemobile is a Toyota Mirai (meaning ‘The Future’) which he first had the use of on a visit to Japan in November 2019. Toyota customised two of the automobiles for Pope Francis’ visit, and one of these is now part Read more

Record wildfires, hurricanes, droughts – we need the Season of Creation

Monday, September 21st, 2020
season of creation

Climate change is real; its death and destruction is upon us, and it is projected to get much worse if far more aggressive national and international efforts to reverse it are not soon enacted. Those who deny climate change and its accompanying global warming – from certain high government officials to countless ordinary users of Read more