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A prayer from children of Kiribati
The children of Class 5A composed this prayer which they shared with Amanda Lloyd when she visited Kiribati as part of the Pacific Calling Partnership's delegation in October 2009.
Amanda reflects "Whilst not very technical it is profound when you think that these are the thoughts and words of 9 yr olds. The words have not been changed and the work is their own."
Thank you for Kiribati.
It is beautiful.
There are many green trees.
We have pandanus, breadfruit, coconut and pawpaws.
All around Kiribati is the sea.
The sea is full of octopus, sharks, shellfish, dolphins, lobsters and crabs.
We love living in Kiribati please help all the world to look after it forever.
Class 5A – Abaunamou Primary School, Teaoraereke
Tarawa Island – Kiribati
Teacher: Sr Ameria Etuare
Students: Taua, Moote, Aton, Aritokauea, Roite, Kaeaki, Reaete, Ameta, Kaotomereri, Kirara, Bubua, Raeua, Patricia, Kukuria, Patrick, Martina, Yemoaa, Arirei, Teruakai, Tenamokai, Annie, Torry, Bwarimwati, Kaioriti, Sainima
Amanda Lloyd 2009 – Catholic Education Office Wollongong
These 4 climate change songs were written by George Stuart. Easy to sing, they are moving, educational and a call to action. The last song has 2 sets of words, the second set was written specifically for the 2009 Pacific Calling Partnership's delegation that went to Kiribati. They are written to well known protestant hymn tunes but could be sung to other favourite tunes. The songs can be used by anyone, they only need to acknowledge George Stuart's name if printing these songs.
Click here to download the words to the songs (Doc, 36kb)
Did you know that the Pacific Calling Partnership began in 2006 and that it grew out of the placement of an Edmund Rice Centre intern in Kiribati through the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development(AYAD) program? The latest edition of the AYAD magazine tells the story of that beginning. The article is called The Power of Butcher's Paper. You can download it from the internet at http://www.ayad.com.au/cms_resources/Apr_June09.pdf
Former CSIRO climate scientist, Barrie Pittock, has updated and released his book, 'Climate Change: Science, Impacts and Solutions', from CSIRO Publishing. Barrie writes, 'It is a solid read but in lay language, and not a simple polemic but deals in some detail with many of the arguments. It is meant to be positive and enabling, even though it accepts that we are nearly too late and may have to get in "overshoot" mode and not only reduce emissions to zero but take CO2 out of the atmosphere. It states that the present global economic crisis is both a challenge and an opportunity, as is the climate change crisis. Old C-intensive industries have had their day and new startup low-C industries will inevitably take their place. The world was warned 25 years ago, or more, but the high-C emitters have either not believed it or tried to stifle the news. Now they have only themselves to blame. They will, at least within the next decade, have stranded assets and any further investment in high-C industry is madness'.
A free viewing of the first chapter is available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/6010.htm
Visit http://www.cana.net.au/members/members-international.html for a great intervention in Bonn by the International Youth delegation.
Although climate change affects us all, those being hardest hit are women in developing countries. They grow most of the family’s food, collect the water and fuel and bring up the children. Women are feeling the greatest impacts but they are also taking a lead in organising their communities to deal with the challenge of climate change.
Oxfam Australia and Make Poverty History have made six short films to inform, inspire and build a sense of unity between women around the world as we all face the threat of climate change.
These short films, Sisters on the Planet, tell the stories of six women from very different parts of the world. They face unique challenges but together are finding solutions and bringing about change. These stories of courage, tenacity and inspiration offer us hope in the face of increasingly bleak climate predictions.
We can all become Sisters on the Planet. We can start to make changes in our lives and raise our voice at home, at work and in the community.
You can view the Sisters on the Planet short films here: www.oxfam.org.au/sisters or you can order a hard copy with accompanying booklet from the Oxfam Australia campaigner in your state:
NSW and ACT: Cara Bevington (02) 8204 3929 or firstname.lastname@example.org
QLD: Ann Matson (07) 3637 4615 or email@example.com
SA and NT: Judee Adams (08) 8236 2160 or firstname.lastname@example.org
VIC and TAS: Tom Schauble (03) 9289 9332 email@example.com
WA: Jael Johnson (08) 9262 8200 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for ideas for how to use the Sisters DVDs or the Kiribati and Global Warming DVD (Doc, 21.5kb)
It has photos of his trip to the southern most islands of Kiribati , lots of photos show the beauty, fragility and significance of boats in linking the widely spread out islands of Kiribati. There are also some new photos showing the life and culture of the people and a magnificent one of a traditional fish trap. These photos are truly magnificent and most moving.
This interesting article on climate change was written by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, the popular science writer and radio personality (actually the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at the University of Sydney).
It is well worth reading all the way through as it explains why certain newspapers are continually publishing articles throwing doubt on the consensus that climatologists have reached with regard to climate change. The article also gives a very clear explanation of climate change.
Please click here to read the article (PDF, 399kb)
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Fact-sheets on key issues:
ERC initiative the Pacific Calling Partnership promotes awareness of the devastating effects of climate change on low-lying island communities of the Pacific. The PCP campaign goes beyond both the science and the spin to make evident 'the human face of climate change'.
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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