AUSTRALIAN FAITHFUL TO LEAD TOWARD CLIMATE FRIENDLY LIFESTYLE CHOICES
The Australian chapter of a new and ambitious global campaign, “Living the Change, was launched on May 3 at a national gathering of the multi-faith Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC). With a byline, “faithful choices for a flourishing world”, this is a fresh faith-led initiative which aims to champion the role of more sustainable lifestyles in protecting the earth from global warming.
By bearing public witness to the vital importance of treading more lightly on the earth, Living the Change intends to challenge the consumerist culture that drives climate change while fortifying more healthy, balanced relationships with the environment.
Image: Buddhist Be Kind Be Vego cooking workshop with demonstrator, Ling Halbert
Faith leaders deliver letter to Adani urging them to invest in solar not coal
Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders delivered an open letter to Adani Corporation’s Townsville office on the morning of April 18 opposing the proposed Adani coal mega-mine. Also present was a small crowd from the local area, some of them from local faith communities. The letter states their concerns regarding water, reef, climate and community with this proposed mega-mine.
A representative of the company came down and accepted the letter in person from the faith leaders, including Rev Dr Peter Catt (Anglican), Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black, Rev Alex Sangster (Uniting Church Minister) and two members of the Triratna Buddhist Order. The conversation was brief but amicable.
For our common home
Dear Mr Adani,
We are leaders from many faith traditions and communities across Australia. We are writing to you to ask you to abandon your proposed mine and instead use the same money to invest in solar energy in North Queensland.
Our common home, the Earth, is now in great danger due to the effects of our actions as human beings on the climate. On this point the scientific community is united. Today, we too are united as people of faith.
Let us be clear. We are not merely opposed to this one mine. We are opposed to all new coal development in the Galilee Basin. We are at a crossroads. One way lies destruction; the other way, sanity. We need to turn immediately in the direction of a stable and compassionate future based on ambitious investment in renewable energy.
Each time ARRCC holds actions, vigils, meetings and events, people tell us how inspiring it is to see regular people of faith step up - in their homes, in their communities, in their world. And how empowering it feels to know that each one of us can make a difference, when it’s otherwise easy to feel overwhelmed. It’s wonderful to contribute as people of faith - to walk the talk, to be living witnesses to what we believe in.
ARRCC has finally begun to employ Community Organisers to grow our movement. To make this ongoing, we’ve started a fund-raising campaign aimed at raising $20,000 in one-off donations and finding 25 monthly donors.
See our new video clip and link to where you can help.
People identifying with a range of faith traditions will join farmers, scientists, students, doctors and conservationists in a march in Sydney, calling on the State Government to choose a clean energy future for NSW.
Buddhists, Muslims, Anglicans, Catholics and others will join the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) in Martin Place at Midday Saturday, March 24th, bringing a colourful array of banners and signs.
ARRCC is proud to be part of a vibrant, principled and strategic movement which is working to preserve a safer climate for all. We admire the dedication of those many thousands of ordinary, extraordinary Australians who have put time, money and energy into opposing Adani's Carmichael mine and many other profit-oriented projects that are costing the earth.
We are grateful to ARRCC supporters too, who have helped to deliver significant wins this year. Although there is much more work to be done, we have plenty to celebrate.
Jason MacLeod is an Australian civil resistance researcher, teacher and practitioner. He has written this letter to ARRCC, which he entitles, "Why ARRCC needs to publicly embrace civil resistance: a few provocative thoughts".
Interfaith Vigils held for Stop Adani Day of Action
Faith communities joined a nation-wide Day of Action on the weekend of October 7 and 8, against Adani’s proposed Carmichael coal mine. Hundreds of Christians, Buddhists and others from a range of traditions attended three Meditation and Prayer Vigils, in Sydney, Melbourne and Kiama, organised by the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC).
Faith leaders have been keeping up the pressure on federal Minister for the Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg. One July 25th an interfaith group protested outside his Kooyong electorate office in Camberwell, Melbourne where they held a number of funerals for coal, each funeral being from a different faith tradition. The story made it into The Guardian.
The move of both Queensland State and Australian Federal governments, led by Labor and the Coalition respectively, to foist Adani’s Carmichael coalmine upon us, is a prime example of environmental irresponsibility and economic injustice. The May 8th Four Corners episode, “Power Failure”, amply demonstrated the failure of political leadership across the board to move Australia toward a sustainable future both environmentally and economically.