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Living the Change - online facility for commitments available

Posted 23 Aug 2018 06:00PM

From the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC):

"It's so encouraging that so many of you have taken a keen interest in this year’s global faith-based initiative, Living the Change. I’m excited to announce that the long-awaited online facility through which people can make lifestyle commitments is now ready! [i] It can be found here:

"No doubt you have already been reducing your carbon footprint, but some of the suggested lifestyle changes may be new for you. Please have a look and, if you haven’t already, try one or more of them. You may be interested to see the avoided emissions calculated for various suggested actions for the Australian context.

"Add up all the savings from each of our individual commitments, and together with thousands of others around the world, we will collectively show the power of sustainable lifestyle choices as one of a suite of measures to slow global warming. ARRCC will be able to separately track how many Australians are making contributions.

"Leaders in faith communities are being asked to encourage people within these communities to make commitments, and to support them in keeping these going over time.

"It would be great if you can make it to some of the following events, in numerous locations across Australia.

ARRCC Events

Congregation-based Stop Adani workshop, 2 – 4 pm, Sun Aug 26, Brisbane – at St John’s Cathedral; learn with Tejopala Rawls about ARRCC’s We All Live Here campaign.

LtC lifestyle commitments webinar, 1 – 2.15 pm, Tues Sep 11 – join in from your own home!

Living the Change Workshop, 1.30 – 4 pm, Sat Sep 29, Newtown – at the Sydney Buddhist Centre, 24 Enmore Rod, Newtown. We will be learning, sharing and encouraging each other to make lifestyle changes which reduce our carbon footprint. RSVP here.

Vigil for the Reef, Brisbane  7 – 9 pm, Sat Sep 15 – Queensland ARRCC invites us to come together from our diverse communities at St John’s Cathedral to express our concern for the Reef, to pray and meditate and dedicate ourselves to work together.

Living the Change celebrations, multiple locations, Oct 7 - 14 – Come along and enjoy a vegan meal. Draw spiritual strength from sharing stories of our efforts to walk more gently on the earth; make a lifestyle commitment online and receive encouragement. Like hundreds of similar events around the world, celebrations will be held in Hobart, Adelaide, Perth, Newcastle, the South Coast of NSW and

Sydney Sat Oct 13 – Pitt Street Uniting Church

Brisbane Sun Oct 14 South Brisbane Jewish Congregation Synagogue; preceded by a talk by Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black

Melbourne Sun Oct 14 – Multicultural Hub; please book here:

Faith partners’ events

Grail Seminar on Laudato Si’, 10 am – 12 noon, Sat Sep 8, North Sydney – “Creating the Future”

Hope in Action Uniting Earthweb E-seminar Sun, Sep 23, 9 am – 4 pm. Participants are strongly encouraged to view videos of speakers sharing about what gives them hope. The seminar itself will involve Q & A and discussion.

Our activist friends’ events

Stop Adani Sydney doorknock, Sat 25 August 1 - 5 pm – Newtown Anyone interested in taking part in doorknocking is encouraged to come along (note this event has changed). RSVP here.

Rise for the Climate events, Sat Sep 8, will be happening all around Australia. See the website for an event near you:  ARRCC will have a visible presence in Melbourne, Sydney and possibly Brisbane – details will be circulated to those groups.

Stand Against Extinction, Canberra, 8.30 – 10 am, Mon Sep 10 – Places You Love Alliance – Come and protest that Australia currently has weak laws to protect native habitats, so 2,000 species are in danger of extinction.

#EndCoal - 12 – 16 September, Newcastle - Front Line Action on Coal (FLAC) has some peaceful protest actions planned. There are some preparatory events too, in Sydney, Cairns and Melbourne. ARRCC will not have a visible presence this time, but you may be interested to participate: See

Even if you can’t make the above events, I hope you draw encouragement from hearing there is so much grassroots action happening.

Ever onwards!