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Brisbane Archbishop backs call for urgent action on climate change

ARCHBISHOP Mark Coleridge has supported an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison calling for urgent action on climate change. Archbishop Coleridge, who was among Pacific religious and political leaders who signed the letter, said “climate change in the Pacific is a matter of life and death”. “That’s why it’s important for Australians, including our political leaders, to hear the ... Read More »

Caritas Australia CEO critical of long-term loan plans for Pacific Island nations

THE head of Church aid agency Caritas Australia says Australia’s strategic pivot towards the Pacific region, including the introduction of long-term loans for new projects, ignores needs and priorities identified by the region’s political and Church leaders. Caritas Australia chief executive officer Paul O’Callaghan said “climate-change financing and local aid are really what Pacific Islanders are calling for”. Mr O’Callaghan ... Read More »

“We have to move now”: Islanders watch as their home disappears in the sea

Pais Taehu and Ursula Rakova

ALMOST 6000 islanders to Australia’s north face forced evacuation as they watch their low-lying Pacific homelands disappear under rising seas. Their plight amounts to just a drop in the ocean, and yet these island people take solace from Pope Francis’ call for action on climate change and the environment, and for the dignity of displaced persons. The communities of four ... Read More »

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