Posts Tagged ‘Climate Change’

Pope’s choice: honour Paris Accord or inherit rubble, refuse, deserts Comments 0

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Governments should honour the commitments they made at the 2015 Paris climate conference to curb climate change, Pope Francis said last week. Francis was speaking at an International Conference “Saving our Common Home and the Future of Life on Earth” on the third anniversary of his encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’ (Praise Be). Delegates included Read more

Pacific voices heard at Vatican Climate Change Conference Comments 0

Monday, July 9th, 2018
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New Zealanders and people from Pacific Island nations were among representatives from all over the world attending the International Conference “Saving our Common Home and the Future of Life on Earth” at the Vatican July 5-6 to commemorate Pope Francis’s encyclical on the Care of Creation. The conference was attended by faith leaders, youth activists, Read more

Support for ecological and moral emergency sought Comments 0

Monday, May 28th, 2018

The ecological and moral emergency of climate change needs urgent help.  A call to action to address the emergency while there “is still time” has been issued. Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, as well as other faith leaders and scientists, made a press statement about the emergency last week. They timed their statement to go Read more

Military-funded study shows most atolls uninhabitable by 2030 Comments 0

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018
atolls unihabitable

Rising sea levels could make most Pacific Ocean atolls uninhabitable by the middle of the century — or possibly sooner. The “tipping point” depends on the rate of climate change — and above all the stability of Antarctica. These are the conclusions reached in a recently published study partly funded by the Pentagon’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Read more

Individualism leads to ecological disaster Cardinal Parolin tells bishops Comments 0

Monday, April 16th, 2018
individualism

The ideology of individualism has a great impact on our approach to questions of ecology and the environment the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, told the bishops attending the assembly of the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania  (FCBCO). “This ideology whose origins can be traced back to the Age of Enlightenment,” Read more

Oceania’s Anglican leaders tackle climate change and gender-based violence Comments 0

Thursday, March 15th, 2018
anglican leaders

Oceania’s Anglican leaders in the region have committed themselves “to take concrete action, to be champions and advocates, and to support each other” in the fight against climate change and gender-based violence. The primates and general secretaries of the Anglican Church in Australia, the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea, the Anglican Church of Melanesia, Read more

Māori need to do more for our Pacific cousins Comments 0

Thursday, March 8th, 2018
Māori pacific

As our Pacific Islands cousins face the unprecendented impacts of climate change, they are looking for allies who will support them by taking concrete actions to limit global warming to 1.5oC and will also rehome the now inevitable climate change refugees from low lying Pacific states. Those allies are precious few. Most nations are long Read more

Pacific Affairs minister Aupito William Sio meets Pope Francis Comments 0

Monday, November 27th, 2017
COP23

The Hon. Aupito William Sio has just returned from Europe where he had an audience with Pope Francis and represented New Zealand at COP23, the world’s most important climate change conference. The Māngere electorate MP, who won his seat for the fourth time with another massive majority, is now the Minister for Pacific People and Associate Read more

Fiji steals show at UN climate change talks Comments 0

Monday, November 13th, 2017
climate change

Fiji has turned a tiny part of Germany into a tropical Pacific island as it leads global negotiations on climate change, and so securing a stage for islanders’ worries about rising sea levels. Fiji is the first small island state to preside at UN climate negotiations since they began in the 1990s. The country’s chief Read more

Climate Change Minister James Shaw meets the Pope Comments 0

Monday, November 13th, 2017
climate change

The Minister for Climate Change James Shaw and Pacific People’s Minister Aupito William Sio met with Pope Francis on Saturday. En route to United Nations COP-23 Climate Change Conference in Bonn, they took part in a Pacific Island Leaders Forum discussion with the Holy Father. The Pope received in audience the leaders of the “Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat” from the eleven island Read more