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Friday, 06 June 2014 10:21

The call to raise our voices for ecological and social justice

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Catholic Earthcare established 28 learning communities across Australia through the launch of the National Energy Efficiency Network (NEEN) on the World Environment Day, which will be followed by similar events across Australia to allow participants to learn more and collaborate on energy efficiency, according to this Media Release from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

As we come together to celebrate World Environment Day and reflect on this year’s theme of “Raise your Voice, Not the Sea Level” it is important to consider how we as Christians can support communities impacted by climate change and respond to Pope Francis’ call to be “protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.”

The recent ‘Sustainable Humanity, Sustainable Nature, Our Responsibility’ conference held by the Pontifical Academy of Science and Pontifical Academy of Social Science at the Vatican in May reminded us that “human action which is not respectful of nature becomes a boomerang for human beings that creates inequality and extends what Pope Francis has termed “‘the globalisation of indifference’ and the ‘economy of exclusion’.”

The Christian response - environmental education and dialogue. The importance of this was expressed beautifully by Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, SDB, of Honduras at the opening address of the ‘Sustainable Humanity, Sustainable Nature, Our Responsibility’ conference, “our primary environmental strategy should be environmental education… through an education on the environment, individuals, societies and states will become aware of the transcendent meaningfulness of the world around us. Education will thus enable us to constructively absorb the skills, the experience, the values and the determination that will prompt us to work to solve both present and future problems in this realm and address them as challenges pertaining to our responsibility for the sustainability of both the environment and mankind” (May 2, 2014).

Since 2002, Catholic Earthcare Australia has worked to stimulate and support ecological conversion among all people of good will, through a range of initiatives that focus on environmental education, transformation and advocacy at the individual, organisational and community level.

This World Environment Day, Catholic Earthcare is establishing 28 learning communities across Australia through the launch of the National Energy Efficiency Network (NEEN). The purpose of NEEN is to inform and support the energy efficiency journey of organisations that provide for those most at risk from social and environmental impacts. Through increased efficiency we hope to reduce carbon emissions and power bills, which in turn frees up funding for core programs and benefits both the country and the community.

Following successful learning community events in Canberra, Melbourne and Hobart, NEEN will be launching to South Australian community organisations at a free event to be held on World Environment Day, June 5th at the Adelaide Catholic Cathedral Hall. The event combines an energy efficiency seminar, a NEEN+ community workshop and a networking light lunch, to enable attendees to connect, explore, collaborate and take action on energy saving opportunities relevant to their organisation.

NEEN offers members access to a suite of resources tailored to the specific needs of community organisations from different parts of the not for profit sector, who are at different stages of the sustainability journey. NEEN secured funding from the Department of Industry, as part of the Energy Efficiency Information Grants program, to ensure FREE access to these resources which include energy efficiency fact sheets, case studies, an Online Opportunities Assessment tool, NEEN+ member events and a digital open-learning and networking forum.

Following the Adelaide launch, NEEN will be hosting events in Perth (Perth Town Hall, June 12th), Brisbane (Francis Rush Centre, June 18th), Darwin (Nightcliff Uniting Church, July 3rd) and Sydney (Carriageworks, July 16th) for more information or to register, please visit http://neen.org.au/events/.

To be notified of future NEEN resource launches, NEEN+ Community events and energy efficiency opportunities, subscribe to the NEEN newsletter, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter. To learn more about NEEN, visit the NEEN website or contact your NEEN Regional leader.

To join the Catholic Earthcare community and learn more about our work towards ecological justice, please subscribe to our newsletter, or follow us on Facebook.

Media Enquiries:

Clare Morgans
Marketing and Communications Manager
Catholic Earthcare
02 8907 9500
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