Lunda Vincente wrote to Archbishop Philip Freier who shared his story with ARRCC. Lunda is a Congolese man in a refugee camp in Zimbabwe. He had to flee the Democratic Republic of Congo because of the violence that killed most of his family. That conflict is over resources. I was moved by his letter because, in spite of unimaginable loss, injustice and suffering, Lunda has found the strength to dedicate himself to protecting the environment.
Testimony of Aunty Togiab McRose Elu (known as Aunty Rose)
Aunty Rose is a Torres Strait Islander, and works for Anglicare in Brisbane as a family support counsellor. She lives very simply, for example, mostly uses public transport. Aunty Rose is also an advocate for government policies which would have Australia shift away from our dependence on coal to renewable energy.
Claire Dawson is a Christian working to develop an intentional community. Together with another family, her family has embarked upon the establishment of an 8-dwelling co-housing community on the suburban fringe of Melbourne (Victoria). They hope to become less car dependent, to share more things, to bulk purchase organic or local foods, minimise waste, generate much of their own solar power and learn and grow together. We can put you in touch with Claire if you'd like to explore involvement: there are currently a couple of units still available!
Tom (21) was born and raised in North India, where his parents, inspired by their Christian faith, have sought to live in and serve urban poor communities. He is currently living in Lucknow, working for an Indian not-for-profit teaching children Hindi literacy. He and his dad, Mark, recently wrote a book - Low Carbon and Loving It – about climate change and their experiences in India and Australia.
Dr Daud Batchelor is a Sheikh and Committee Member for the Brisbane Muslim Fellowship, Australia. He is a devout Muslim who has a deep love of the Qur'an, and an active concern for environmental issues.
1. How does your faith describe the relationship with earth/ creation/ all beings?
All creation celebrates God’s glory showing the unity of creation. We should therefore approach Nature as being Sacred, show it respect and nurture it, especially as Adam, and we as his descendants, were appointed as God’s stewards (khulafa) to protect the earth.