15 Henley Rd
(PO Box 2219)
Ph: (02) 8762 4200
Fx: (02) 8762 4220
Int'l Ph: +61 2 8762 4200
Int'l Fx: +61 2 8762 4220
Located just 100 metres to the south of Flemington Railway Station. Link to new location on Google Maps
5 Abingdon St
(Postal: 84 Park Rd)
Ph 1: (07) 3103 7376
Ph 2: (02) 8090 1976
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The Pacific Calling Partnership (PCP) consists of organisations and individuals who seek an Australia and a world that:
- Listens to calls from our low-lying island neighbours in the Torres Strait and the Pacific about the serious threat that climate change poses to them
- Recognises that Australia has an ecological debt to these peoples
- Raises awareness of our responsibility to these communities as part of a global solution towards a sustainable future.
More about the Pacific Calling Partnership (PCP) below.
Australia and New Zealand’s neighbours in the Pacific: the Cook Islands, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau and Tuvalu are asking for our solidarity as they face the consequences of human-induced climate change. The Torres Strait Islands at the northern tip of Queensland face similar threats.
Low lying islands acknowledge that they need to address population and unemployment issues, better manage their environmental resources, improve food security and protect their fish resources from poaching. What they want us to realise is that greenhouse gas emissions from polluting countries like Australia and New Zealand are exacerbating these problems and creating new ones.
They are experiencing increasingly severe storm surges and higher king tides resulting in coastal erosion and receding shorelines. Longer droughts and more frequent inundation of salt water is damaging soil and leading to the death of important food sources such as bread fruit, taro and coconut. Fresh water supplies are also threatened. As with Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, warmer ocean surface temperatures threaten to bleach coral reefs and thus damage coastal fishing supplies. As the climate changes some islands will see an increase in diseases like dengue fever and malaria.
Green house gas emissions need to be drastically cut back and the islands need more substantial assistance than is already being provided to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
At the Pacific Island Forum in Cairns in August 2009 the Cook Islands, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau and Tuvalu restated their adoption of the position of the global Association of Small Islands States that asks developed nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent by 2020 and 85 percent by 2050.
The Pacific Calling Partnership began in May 2006 in response to a series of calls that had come from the peoples in low-lying Pacific Islands. The PCP brings together a number of significant Non Government Organisations (NGOs), school groups, community organisations, and individuals who all recognize Australia’s ecological debt to Kiribati, Tuvalu, parts of the Torres Strait and other low-lying Pacific Island neighbours. These are joined in partnership with individuals and organisations living in the Pacific and migrant groups in Australia. New members are always welcome.
Together we strive, in all our endeavours, to listen to and be accountable to voices from the Pacific and Torres Strait and to raise awareness about the impacts on them of high greenhouse gas emissions from industrialised countries. The PCP meets regularly in order to co-ordinate, energise, and review the progress that the campaign is making. Several partners are members of the Climate Action Network of Australia (CANA) and are active participants in CANA processes.
The PCP aims to build a consensus that drives support for Australia, in partnership with our neighbours, to undertake an audit of the civil, cultural, economic and environmental resilience of all countries within the Pacific region. In this way we can work towards building a positive, communitarian and sustainable response based on Human Rights to the increased water, food, fuel and land stresses that are predicted under present circumstances and future climate change scenarios.Approach
The PCP raises awareness in Australia and the Pacific of a sense of connection by celebrating and making known the human stories that bind us.
The PCP seeks to encourage leadership and advocacy skills around climate change issues among interested Pacific and Torres Strait Islanders.
The PCP supports the development of a regional approach to climate-related migration and labour mobility that prioritises the Pacific and increases the choices of Pacific Islanders.
The PCP supports the statement by the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) that,
‘The greatest form of mitigation and assistance to adaptation Australia could provide to the Pacific is to instigate significant cuts in our greenhouse gas emission and move away from a fossil fuel-based economy.’
The PCP supports the call of the Association of Small Island States (AOSIS) in its campaign to ensure that
AOSIS Input into the Assembly Document, “Shared Vision” presented at climate change negotiations to the UNFCCC in Copenhagen 20092009 Pacific Calling Partnership Strategic Plan
Twelve people from several different organisations that make up the Partnership came together on 30 January and decided on the major directions for the the Partnership for 2009. The meeting that decided that during 2009 our main focus will be to link the local with the global as decisions made at Copenhagen are going to be crucial to the future of the Pacific Islands.
ERC's publication Asylum Seekers and Refugees Education Resource provides activities for students which are practical, engaging and focused on increasing awareness about human rights and advocacy.
This 52 page resource is available for download at no cost, and offers 35 cross-curricular activities, adaptable to all year levels in secondary school. Some activities can also be used with primary classes, with students with special needs, and with community groups.
Students are encouraged to think about asylum seekers and refugees with compassion, to move their understanding from the head to the heart.
Just Comment series:-
17.1: Roma people
16.5: Majuro Declaration
16.3: Climate Justice
16.2: Palm oil - the 'threat' in our shopping trolley
16.1: Jeju Island - assault on island of peace
15.3: Cocos Islands - US bases?
15.2: Austerity: 'Trickle-down cruelty'
15.1: Famine: a Man-Made Tragedy
14.3: Riots - the Language of the Unheard
14.2: Insidious Violence - Depleted Uranium Weapons
14.1: Disaster Capitalism
13.8: Murray-Darling - environmental & social tight-rope
13.7: Consensual democracy vs conflictual democracy
13.6: West Papua - colonisation alive & well
13.5: Climate change - still a great moral challenge
13.4: First peoples, first priority, what priority?
Update: ERC Director, Phil Glendenning, recently returned to Australia from Afghanistan after 10 days interviewing returned asylum seekers again in Kabul.
ERC is redoubling our efforts to find a third-country resettlement option for those returnees from Australia with whom we have been able to make contact. We need financial support to achieve this.
Such work uncovers high levels of risk for the deportees (and for our researchers). Research publications are available here.
Listen to Phil speak of the visit to ABC Radio National's Phillip Adams.
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