Tag Archives: Climate Change

Book review: Coming Back to Earth

Coming Back to Earth. Photo: Supplied

Jonathan Cornford’s book of essays explores climate change, agriculture, resource decline and how Christianity can speak to these global challenges. David Weddell reviews. Coming Back to Earth is definitely not the biography of a returned astronaut but it does take us outside our current world to look at how Christians can be genuine good news for a world in crisis. ...

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Promoting change through Pacific prayers

Pray for Our Pacific. Photo: 350pacific.org

The Pray for Our Pacific campaign from 3–11 September is encouraging Australian faith communities to host a special service or event to highlight the region’s ongoing challenges of climate change and environmental damage. Pacific Island nations, which are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, face a range of environmental threats such as cyclones, floods and droughts. Thousands have ...

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When the pope calls state to account

Pope Francis waving to a crowd. Photo by Aleteia Image Department.

The latest encyclical to come from the Vatican has sparked a lot of commentary in both religious and mainstream press. Dr John Harrison examines what Laudato si means for Australian Protestants. Christians outside the Roman Catholic tradition are watching with interest the debate among Catholics about the most recent papal encyclical. The issue under debate is not climate change, but ...

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Paris meeting to set climate future

a coal fired electric power plant

There is a chance the global community can act for a more secure climate future. Marguerite Marshall explores. This December representatives from almost 200 countries will meet in Paris to try and solve perhaps the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced—climate change. According to NASA, 97 per cent of the world’s climate scientists say humans are causing climate change and if ...

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Climate change: a spiritual crisis

Martha, UnitingWorld gender project officer, standing in front of a devastated Port Vila. Photo by UnitingWorld.

Climate change isn’t just an issue of science and economics, it is also a spiritual crisis for people in the Pacific who are most affected. Cath Taylor explores. Can God fix climate change? It’s the question on the lips of many within Pacific churches—this month more than ever in the wake of one of the region’s most deadly cyclones. Vanuatu’s ...

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Uniting Church minister explains why he protests

Aaron Matheson, Rev John Brentnall, Jason Koh, Professor Colin Butler, Ben Thurley at a coal protest at Gunnedah, NSW.

Anti-coal activists at the controversial open-cut coal mine at Maules Creek, near Narrabri, New South Wales are at times surprised to find themselves accompanied by a Uniting Church Minister. Rev John Brentnall joined a blockade for the third time on 26 November, together with three Buddhists and another Christian, this time at the gate of a coal processing plant in ...

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The Coming of the Light

Erub Erwer Meta Artists Darnley Island Art Centre

For the people at the top end of Australia the date 1 July is a calendar highlight with the Coming of the Light holiday celebrating each year the coming of Christianity through the Torres Strait Islands communities. Accompanied by South Sea Islander evangelists and teachers the Rev Samuel MacFarlane from the London Missionary Society anchored at Erub (Darnley Island) in ...

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Talking about Climate Change

Children's climate change art

In a new report examining Australians’ responses to climate change the CSIRO found that that people are inaccurate when predicting the views of other Australians. When asked about the nature of climate change, fewer than 8% of respondents were of the opinion it was not happening at all, yet these respondents estimated that almost 50% of the Australian public would ...

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