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Climate Justice: Faith Perspectives by Bishop Philip Huggins

12 May 2022  |  Author: Bishop Philip Huggins  | Theme: Civil society and politics; Public theology and ethics

‘What answer do we get from faith traditions regarding climate justice?’ Here are three reflections in response to this question: 1. Compassion is our unifying value. Compassion is at the heart of all major faith traditions. This means that, under no circumstances should we do to others or let happen to others, what we would not want for ourselves or for our loved ones. The recent IPCC Report makes plain that our every decision now matters in the crucial years to 2030,if we are to accomplish the 1.5 degrees target and implement all elements of the Paris Agreement related to climate justice. Compassion requires us to critique every decision we now make ,recognising that the consequences of climate change impact most on those who have had least to do with its causation. That reality is so unjust and so unkind! In Australia this is a big issue as we approach a Federal Election. 2. People of faith, at our very , very best, bring an integration of: Advocacy; Compassionate Services; Research, which informs both our Advocacy and our Services. Plus we integrate all this with our Spiritual Practice: our Prayers and Meditations. 3. Most importantly ,and for further elaboration ,there is this crucial importance of our Prayers and Meditations-our Spiritual Practice.
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About the need for peace-making leadership by Philip Huggins

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Solomons security pact: Sogavare, China, and Australia by Peter Hooton

22 Apr 2022  |  Author:   | Theme: Civil society and politics; Leadership and institutions

Labor has described Solomon Islands’ security pact with China as Australia’s biggest foreign policy failure in the Pacific since the Second World War, but this is hyperbole. Australia’s biggest foreign policy failure in the region – ever – is its failure to address (at both a national and international level) the issue which poses the gravest single threat to the future viability of Pacific island countries as sovereign states: climate change. And it is this that has reduced Australia’s leverage in the region and made it harder to protect its vital economic and geostrategic interests there in the face of competition.
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About Climate Change and the Federal Election by Philip Huggins

20 Apr 2022  |  Author: Bishop Philip Huggins  | Theme: Civil society and politics; Leadership and institutions

Today's report is that Australia's Climate change isolationism has driven a further fall in the global ranking of how nations are responding to global warming. Our nation, which should be a leader by virtue of our relative wealth and natural advantages, has fallen from 35 to 52 and is in a group called ‘climate laggards’
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Easter and the universality of forgiveness at a pivotal moment in our nation's history by Philip Huggins

14 Apr 2022  |  Author:   | Theme: Public theology and ethics; Religions and dialogue

Forgiveness from the heart is profoundly beneficial and very demanding. That is why the Cross is such an enduring symbol. Both on Good Friday and then, thankfully, the Easter Sunday Cross, garlanded with flowers.
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