The recent release of David Attenborough’s documentary “Climate Change: The Facts” has had the positive effect of alarming more people on the issue of climate change. Recently we also saw the release of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service’s (IPBES) report which informed us all that one million species are in danger of becoming extinct in the next few decades. The report included 450 researchers who used 15,000 scientific and government reports to paint a stark picture, earth is in deep, deep trouble.
Species loss is accelerating to a rate tens or hundreds of times faster than in the past, the report said. More than half a million species on land "have insufficient habitat for long-term survival" and are likely to go extinct, many within decades, unless their habitats are restored. The oceans are not any better off.
Preserving creation for future generations is an essential part of our faith. Luckily, the younger generations are starting to take to the streets, as we have seen in the school-strike movements.
Join us as we discuss this and delve into the very serious and urgent crisis we are all facing. How do we respond to the threats facing the natural environment as Christians? How do we find hope in our faith to take what actions we can? Let us ask ourselves what we can do, and what can our institutions do, about this mass extinction we may be facing? Where can the church make a difference to Australia’s impact on environmental issues?
On September 7th, we will be joined by panellists David Ritter from Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Vicky Balabanski from the Uniting College for Leadership and Theology, South Australia, Tuvalu Indigenous rights defender Maina Talia from the Uniting Church partner church in Tuvalu, and Amelia Telford from Seed (an indigenous youth climate justice organisation).
Workshops at the event may cover the following themes, depending on the level of interest from participants: Displaced people as a result of climate change, Eco Theology, Electric vehicles, Illegal Logging, Renewable energy, ethical investments, and Indigenous youth perspectives on climate change.