Submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Consultation on the Pacific Islands Forum 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent
The Australian government, along with the governments of all members of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), has committed to run domestic consultations into the PIF’s 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent.
As the PIF’s 2050 vision says:
In 2050, the Blue Pacific Continent is a region of peace; harmony; security, social inclusion; and increased prosperity so that all Pacific people are leading free, healthy and productive lives.
- Our Blue Pacific identity reinforces the potential of our shared stewardship of the Pacific Ocean and reaffirms the connections of Pacific peoples with their natural resources, environment, cultures and livelihoods.
- We understand that this vision can only be achieved through regional collective action.
In this spirit, Peacifica and the Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education have prepared a joint submission to the inquiry. Central to our submission is the fact that the climate crisis is the region’s single greatest threat, and that Australia’s intransigence on climate action in poses a significant threat to the realisation of the 2050 vision.
First Sunday in Advent
Just before today’s gospel reading, Mark suggests upheaval, destruction of the Temple, of war, earthquakes, famine and family betrayal. It can seem shocking that a season perceived to be about joy and peace is connected with the end of the world. But, Jesus’ words are not so much shocking as much as familiar. Advent really expresses our faith in the possibility of a better world.Read more
Solemnity of Christ, Heart of the Universe
Today’s solemnity was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925 and is marked by the Catholic Church as well as many Protestant churches. It came about in the context of the rising nationalism, fascism and secularism in 1920s Europe. The intention was to remind Christians that their ultimate allegiance lay with Christ Jesus and to encounter him in our everyday lives by finding him in people that we see needing our help. The most urgent priority is to see the face of God in every human being and especially those who are most vulnerable in our midst. Today’s gospel tells us where we can find him. But do we see? Do we want to see? It does involve risks and emerging from beyond our comfort zones.Read more