Posts Tagged ‘Environment’

Green posturing damages ‘brand’

Monday, May 9th, 2022

A move by five environmentally-minded Wellington city councillors who are attempting to put the breaks on Wellington Airport’s development looks likely to fail. The airport is looking to double its capacity by 2040. Veteran councillors Iona Pannett and Sarah Free, along with three first time councillors Teri O’Neill, Tamatha Paul, and Laurie Foon, have put Read more

‘Making a difference’ – How recycled chip packets are helping Auckland’s vulnerable

Monday, March 14th, 2022

An Auckland-based organisation is helping the city’s most vulnerable people in the most unlikely of ways – with empty potato chip packets. The Chip Packet Project (CPPNZ) was founded in September 2021 during lockdown, and was a spin-off of the UK-based organisation, Crisp Packet Project. The organisation collects freshly-washed chip packets, or any foil-wrapped food Read more

Blenheim’s Repair Café opens offering help with wiring over coffee

Monday, March 7th, 2022

Marlborough Mayor John Leggett opened Blenheim’s new Repair Café on Saturday morning. Organised by the Nativity Church, the new initiative was based at the Crossroads Marlborough Café on Redwood Street and offered free repairs for the community’s broken bits and bobs, from hair dryers and sewing machines, to bikes and bain-maries. Members of the Church’s Read more

Allowing hope, inspiring trust, binding wounds weave relationships

Monday, February 21st, 2022

Dear Pope Francis, ‘The purpose of the Synod, and therefore of this consultation, is not to produce documents, but to plant dreams, draw forth prophecies and visions, allow hope to flourish, inspire trust, bind up wounds, weave together relationships, awaken a dawn of hope, learn from one another, create a bright resourcefulness that will enlightened Read more

El Salvador’s Catholic bishops make safe drinking water a pastoral issue

Monday, December 6th, 2021
El Salvador INFO

El Salvador’s freshwater supplies are so endangered the Catholic bishops have adopted it as a pastoral issue. It’s one they want urgent help with from both the government and the international community. To put it bluntly, the vast majority (70 percent) of El Salvador’s 590 rivers are swamped with giant amounts of human poo and Read more

Climate change risks devastating conflicts – even nuclear war!

Thursday, November 18th, 2021

As climate change rages along its disastrous path of increasing and more intense natural disasters – hurting the poor most of all – it now appears that a majority of people are finally beginning to admit climate change is for real – and that pollution from humans burning oil, gas and coal is the main Read more

Beyond solar panels and priuses

Thursday, October 21st, 2021

When Pope Francis issued Laudato Si in 2015, media outlets treated this historic encyclical on climate change and the environment as a “game-changer.” One Jesuit priest told National Public Radio that the encyclical would have a “far-reaching impact,” because it would encourage Catholics “to make major changes in what they consume and how they live Read more

Conservatives and liberals called to link over life issues

Thursday, September 30th, 2021
link over life issues

For Catholics who put their faith first, before anything else, there is one way – above all others – to view the life and death issues facing local communities, the nation and the world: and that is, through the lens of the Gospel and Catholic social teaching! But instead, it clearly appears that more often Read more

Seven reasons to be optimistic about the world’s oceans

Monday, September 20th, 2021
world's oceans

Yes, we’ve got an ocean of bad news. Climate change is warming and acidifying seawater, stressing or destroying coral reefs. Marine species ranging from whales to algae are endangered; overfishing is crushing many subsistence fisheries. Coastal ecosystems have been wiped out on a grand scale; key ocean currents may be faltering; mining firms are preparing Read more

The climate apocalypse is real, and it is coming

Thursday, August 12th, 2021
Climate change

Scientists are warning us that because of global warming, civilization is headed toward the worst catastrophe in human history. Unlike a war, a pandemic or a depression, this is not a disaster we can recover from in a few decades. This is a calamity that will take centuries, if not millennia, to recover from, if Read more