Posts Tagged ‘ecology’

What to expect in the pope’s encyclical on ecology

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Pope Francis has made no secret of his conviction that human-induced climate change, along with other forms of environmental degradation, represents a grave threat to humanity’s future. At times he even speaks in quasi-apocalyptic terms: “Let us not allow omens of destruction and death to accompany the advance of this world!” His forthcoming “ecological encyclical” Read more

The economics of the Pacific rubbish dump

Friday, March 6th, 2015

If you haven’t already, meet the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a collection of oceanic junk that has ballooned over the last four decades. No one is sure how big it is, but it’s probably enormous. A new study in Science Magazine tried to pin down some firm numbers by digging into various data: waste generation Read more

Capitalism versus the climate

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Book Review: This Changes Everything, Capitalism vs the Climate by Naomi Klein. This is a comprehensive and timely book. Klein says in part one, “If there has ever been a moment to advance a plan to heal the planet that also heals our broken economies and our shattered communities, this is it.” In the introduction Read more

Ecology: Church teaching before and by the Pope

Friday, March 7th, 2014

In 1971 the document Justice in the World, issued by the Synod of Bishops, represented a major step in the development of Catholic teaching on the environment. Barbara Ward-Jackson was a consultant before and during the synod and undoubtedly had a considerable influence on its outcome. This document emphasised the close link between ecology and Read more

A Biblical call for responsible fishing

Friday, February 15th, 2013

During the papal audience at the 23rd World Congress of the Apostleship Of the Sea, Benedictus XVI addressed encouraging words to those working in the vast fishing sector and their families: “…, they more than others must face the difficulties of the present time and live the uncertainty of the future, marked by the negative Read more

Christianity and the ecological crisis – Power to the thoughtful

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

More signs of hope are visible everywhere I look, in this season of Spring. From nature – two blossoms already on my pohutukawa from the Kermadecs, shining cuckoos and grey warblers singing in competition. One powerful sign for me was the recent conference in Wellington, ‘Christianity and the ecological crisis’, with the themes of lament, Read more

The ecology of disease

Friday, July 20th, 2012

There’s a term biologists and economists use these days — ecosystem services — which refers to the many ways nature supports the human endeavor. Forests filter the water we drink, for example, and birds and bees pollinate crops, both of which have substantial economic as well as biological value. If we fail to understand and Read more

Karori parish community garden a winner

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

St Teresa’s Parish in Karori, Wellington, started a community garden in 2010. This year has been its most productive year The garden works with the stages of the moon and they are currently readying the planter boxes for winter, says regular gardener Janet O’Reilly. The garden has brought many community members together as volunteers. “Symbolically Read more