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State of the Environment

We publish the Caritas State of the Environment for Oceania report each 4 October on the Feast of St Francis. Associated stories, video, comment and analysis are available online here. The work is carried out in close cooperation with other Caritas members and our partners on the ground in Oceania.

The State of the Environment for Oceania (SEFO) report and online material monitor five key issues for Oceania peoples:

  • Coastal erosion and sea level rise
  • Food and water
  • Extreme weather
  • Offshore mining and drilling
  • Climate finance

Through the eyes of our partners and associates, we shed light on environmental impacts and responses to these issues in our common home in Oceania. We aim to amplify the voices of the region crying our for justice for Papatūānuku - our sister, Mother Earth - and her children. Join the discussion in our online talanoa on Facebook: The Oceanian.


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Story map - Caritas Environmental Monitor

The Caritas Environmental Monitor is an interactive map showing stories and photos of environmental impact and response in the region. Stories from our networks throughout Oceania are added through the year.

 

Reports

The Caritas State of the Environment for Oceania report has been published since 2014. Earlier editions of the report are available to read below.

State of the Environment for Oceania 2020 report

Caritas' annual State of the Environment for Oceania report for 2020, Towards New Horizons, was released through a global webinar on Friday 2 October, followed by an online Mass on Sunday 4 October hosted by the Catholic Diocese of Auckland.

State of the Environment for Oceania 2019 report

The Caritas State of the Environment for Oceania Report: Seeds of Hope was launched on 3 October at St Mary’s Church Papakura, followed by a presentation on St Francis Day, 4 October, in the Caritas office Wellington.

State of the Environment for Oceania 2018 report

The Caritas State of the Environment for Oceania Report:  Waters of Life, Oceans of Mercy was launched on St Francis Day, 4 October 2018, during the week-long Caritas Oceania Forum held at the Home of Compassion, Island Bay.

State of the Environment for Oceania 2017 report

Caritas’ fourth State of the Environment for Oceania report, Turning the Tide, was released on St Francis Day, at Te Ngākau Tapu Parish in Porirua, Aotearoa New Zealand.

State of the Environment for Oceania 2016 report

“People have died and have been sick because they have no food to eat and no safe, clean water to drink.”

Tony Inikre (Caritas Coordinator for Vanimo Diocese in northwest Papua New Guinea), in February, during the peak of the El Niño drought in Papua New Guinea.

State of the Environment for Oceania 2015 report

“For us Oceania peoples, ... climate change is a daily struggle. For many of our Oceania countries it is a question of whether we remain on or leave our sinking homes. Our livelihoods are linked to the Pacific Ocean. Sea level rise and ocean acidification and other effects of global warming threaten our way of life – and even our national identities. For us it is a matter of life and death.”

- Caritas Oceania leaders

Foundational State of the Environment for Oceania 2014 report

In 2014 we produced our foundational report on the environment in Oceania based on interviews with our partners in the region. We took the title, Small yet strong: Voices from Oceania on the environment, from the Pope Francis quote below.

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