Review: Gillian Ross: Consciousness v Catastrophe
This Book Review comes to you, courtesy Margie Abbott and Anne McLay, who are strong in their praises for this local author. Gillian resides just outside Nimbin in northern NSW.
Useful resources for Lent 2017
Lent is from 1 March to 15 April 2017. Those listed here have an ecological focus.
A Journey with Gospel Nonviolence
The Grace of Earth
This resource from the Columban Mission Institute consists of six weekly Lenten Reflections related to the Gospel readings which focus on six aspects of Earth's life support systems: Atmosphere, Oceans, Fresh Water, Land, Plant Life, Animal Life. Download here: https://www.columban.org.au/assets/files/pej/columbanmissionthegraceofearth.pdf
The Stations of the Forests
This booklet (and DVD) follows the format of The Stations of the Cross, lamenting the stages in the death of part of God’s Creation. It incorporates issues related to rainforest destruction: extractive industries, loss of biodiversity and climate change. Download the booklet 'The Stations of the Forests'.
Trócaire's Lent 2017 education resources
Trócaire, an Irish Catholic charity, offers educational resources that focus on climate change, climate justice and climate for Early Years to Post-Primary classrooms, as well as Youth groups/programmes. Download education resources from Trócaire.
The Lent 4.5 Program
A faith formation program using the traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and alms-giving to deepen our commitment to caring for the earth. It is produced by the Passionists. It is related to our environmental footprint and aims at 4.5 acres as adequate.
The program is organized around weekly themes which focus on various areas of consumption.
· Ash Wednesday Week – Christian Simplicity: Compassionate Living
· 1st Week of Lent – Food: Buying and Eating are Moral Acts
· 2nd Week of Lent – Consumption: Buying Less, Wasting Less
· 3rd Week of Lent – Water: Conserving and Protecting
· 4th Week of Lent – Energy: Choosing Efficient and Clean
· 5th Week of Lent – Transportation: Reducing Carbon Emissions
· Holy Week – Gratitude and Generosity: Becoming Involved
You need to register to receive the material or you can download it week by week from http://www.earthandspiritcenter.org/lent45/
Terri MacKenzie, SHCJ,has prepared a Lenten resource on Water. You can download it here: https://ecospiritualityresources.com/
"That lump of coal, and the forces at work on climate change"
This analysis by Clive Hamilton of the current political scene as it relates to coal appeared in both Renew Economy and the Conversation. Search for it at http://reneweconomy.com.au
Climate Change and Extreme Weather
The Climate Council has released a new report which points to more evidence linking climate change to increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. You can find a link to the report, Cranking Up the Intensity: Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events at:
The Climate Council also has a “clean” coal fact sheet which is very relevant at the moment: http://www.climatecouncil.org.au/
Handy resources on Sustainability
· This resource has been developed in Washington by the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Centre :http://www.ipjc.org/Sustainability_booklet.pdf
· Eco-Parish Guide: The Global Catholic Climate Movement developed this resources in the USA and it may need to be adapted: https://catholicclimatemovement.global/eco-parish/
· Ten things you can do to care for our Earth: This Parish Guide has been developed by the Uniting Church in Victoria: http://greenchurch.victas.uca.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/ten-things.pdf
Links for Recycling
Check out this site for useful info and strategies: http://recyclereducereuse.org/index.html
Although this site is from the USA it contains many helfpul suggestions: http://www.homeadvisor.com/article.show.Environmental-Home-Remodeling-Recycling-and-Composting.17357.html Thanks to a group of our readers for this link.
The Ethical Consumer Group provides you with guides for sustainable shopping and more: http://www.ethical.org.au/
This guide to home composting was supplied by one of our readers. It is USA based but contains some useful information: https://usinsuranceagents.com/home-composting
Information Guide on Green Cars-
This guide was provided by one of our readers: https://www.titleproloans.com/resources/green-cars-and-the-environment/
Purchase ecobins for home or work
You can purchase bins online at http://www.ecobinonline.com.au/products/Combo-Pack-1.html
Sustainable Seafood App
This app is a guide to purchasing seafood wisely: http://www.sustainableseafood.org.au/pages/download-the-free-app.html