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Caritas to release annual environmental report with an online webinar

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Photo credit: Karen Anaya/Caritas Samoa
Event date: 
29 Sep 2020

Caritas will release its annual State of the Environment for Oceania report, Towards New Horizons, through a global webinar on Friday 2 October. The webinar features speakers from across Oceania including Tonga, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Aotearoa New Zealand, and will be hosted by the Global Catholic Climate Movement.

 

Speakers will share stories and first hand experiences of Oceania peoples who have been living the climate emergency and calling for action on the environment for many years.

 

Ursula Rakova from the Carteret Islands in Papua New Guinea will speak on the challenge of moving her people to a new future on mainland Bougainville in the face of sea level rise - with scant assistance from the international community. Kositatino Tikomaibolatagane of Caritas Fiji will outline the challenges for Fiji coastal communities facing sea level rise and raise questions about climate finance. Caritas Tonga Director Amelia Ma'afu and her team will share how COVID-19 complicated aid response following cyclone Harold.

 

In late August, Pope Francis said: "Today we have an opportunity to build something different. ...we can nurture an economy of the integral development of the poor, ...an economy where people, and especially the poorest, are at the centre." Towards New Horizons challenges us to reflect on how such an 'economy' can be built in Oceania, in the face of interrelated social, economic and environmental crises.

 

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has published the Caritas State of the Environment for Oceania Report since 2014, on behalf of Caritas Oceania and the peoples of Oceania. The report monitors and discusses the impact of and the response to five key issues: coastal erosion and sea level rise; food and water; extreme weather; offshore mining and drilling; and access to climate finance. It is released around the Feast of St Francis of Assisi (4 October) each year.

 

In addition to the webinar, the Catholic Diocese of Auckland will host an online Mass, which will also screen on Sunday 4 October, 2pm on Shine TV. The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Michael Gielen who will acknowledge and bless the report, and bring the Season of Creation to a close.

 

The full report and more stories of impace will be available online from 2 October at https://caritas.org.nz/state-environment.

 

For more information about the report and webinar, please contact Advocacy Advisor Martin de Jong at martin@caritas.org.nz. For media enquiries please contact Communications Assistant Mareta Tana at maretat@caritas.org.nz.

 

 

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Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is the New Zealand Catholic Bishops' agency for justice, peace and development. We are working for a world free of poverty and injustice through community development, advocacy, education, and emergency relief.

 

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is a member of Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of 165 Catholic aid, development and social justice agencies active in over 200 countries and territories.

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