This year's Jesuit Lenten Seminar Series looks at the established and potential effects of climate change, particularly those who will be left paying the price of our actions.
Australia's government has now signed the Kyoto Protocol, realizing our responsibility as global citizens in protecting and preserving our environment. However, that responsibility also extends to communities, especially those most vulnerable to changes in climate.
Already, climate variations are having an impact on communities, with droughts and storm activity causing families in worst-hit regions to become refugees. Climate-induced displacement stands to become a global issue throughout this century.
The theme of this year's Lenten Seminar Series is ‘Climate Change: Who Pays the Price?' The seminars will bring together a range of qualified and passionate experts to provide political, social and religious perspectives to an issue we cannot, in good faith, ignore.
‘The family needs a home, a fit environment in which to develop its proper relationships. For the human family, this home is the earth, the environment that God the Creator has given us to inhabit with creativity and responsibility. We need to care for the environment: it has been entrusted to men and women to be protected and cultivated with responsible freedom, with the good of all as a constant guiding criterion.'
Pope Benedict XVI, ‘The Human Family, A Community Of Peace' 1 January 2008.
Don Henry - Executive Director of the Australian Conservation Foundation. (Melbourne only)
Don has extensive experience campaigning to preserve our native habitat, both in Australia and overseas. Don has served as a Commissioner with the Australian Heritage Commission, President of the Australian Committee for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the Moreton Island Protection Committee. He's been Executive Director of the Australian Conservation Foundation for nearly 10 years, working with the community, business and government to protect and preserve our environment.
Michael Raper - President of the Welfare Rights Centre in Sydney (Sydney only)
Michael is former President of the Australian Council of Social Services and is President of the Welfare Rights Centre in Sydney. He was Convenor of the 'Equity in our National Response to Climate Change' Roundtable in Melbourne in March 2007 and author of the joint (NWRN, BSL, & CSSA) Equity Submission to the Prime Minister's Task Force on Emissions Trading in May 2007. The submission focused on ensuring climate change and measures to counter global warming don't worsen social inequality by penalising those from poorer economic backgrounds.
Sister Maryanne Loughry - Associate Director for Jesuit Refugee Service Australia.
An expert in refugee issues, with many years experience working in a number of different countries, Maryanne has done extensive research on climate-induced displacement. She visited Kiribati in October 2007 as part of a study tour organised by the Edmund Rice Centre in Australia to witness the effects of climate change on low-lying Pacific countries and meet with local leaders. In December she presented a paper on climate-induced displacement to the at the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford.
Please note, Bishop Christopher Toohey will not be able to attend the talk. Another speaker will be confirmed soon.
Dates and venues
Great Hall, Xavier College, Barkers Road, Kew, Victoria
Wednesday 5th March, 2008. 7.30-9pm.
Lavalla Hall, Marist Brothers College, Miller Street, North Sydney
Thursday 6th March, 2008. 7.30-9pm.
The series is sponsored by Jesuit Social Services, Jesuit Refugee Service, Loyola Institute and Eureka Street.