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Australian Religious Response to Climate Change


  • ARRCC is an interfaith organisation that aims to support faith communities across Australia to take practical action on climate change, through education, practical projects and campaigning.


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  • Address: Level 15, 179 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW
  • Postcode(s): 2000
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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dr Gideon Polya // Oct 17, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Dear fellow climate activist, The following key pre-350 Day message is being distributed to as many households as possible in the City of Banyule, Melbourne, as a 9.5 x 21 cm flyer ($200 per 12,000 copies) by The fundamental position of is that “There must be a safe and sustainable existence for all peoples and all species on our warming-threatened Planet and this requires a rapid reduction of atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration to about 300 parts per million”. I am urging every climate action group in Australia to copy this message (including the electoral authorization statement) and to distribute it likewise with the intention of reaching every household in Australia. Yours sincerely, Dr Gideon Polya, Convenor, (see: ).

    300 ppm CO2

    Top climate scientists & UK Royal Society say we must DECREASE atmospheric CO2 concentration from the present 390 ppm to 300-350 ppm ASAP for a safe planet for all peoples & all species.

    Unfortunately, world governments and the pro-coal Australian Liberal-National Party Opposition & Labor Government (the Lib-Labs) want to INCREASE CO2 & other greenhouse gas pollution.

    Australia is a world leader in per capita GHG pollution (0.3% of world population, its domestic and exported GHG pollution is 3% of world total). The Lib-Labs are betraying our Children & Planet. for 24 October 350 Day.

    Authorized & printed by G.M. Polya, 29 Dwyer Street, Macleod, Victoria 3085.

  • 2 Stephen O'Connor // Oct 26, 2009 at 6:12 am

    I am a landholder who along with others are trying to stop the n.s.w gov’t plan to build a 217km long 330kv powerline across the northern tablelands to supply more coal fired power to the north coast of n.s.w We have set up a web site to inform people of our fight and I ask that you look at it and hopefully sign the petition .This line must be stopped as a first small step to have the pollie’s of Australia wake up to the fact that fighting climate change is not helped by projects as this.
    Thank you Stephen O’Connor
    Tenterfield n.s.w
    If you could pass on this web address to others I would be grateful

  • 3 Annie Nielsen // Oct 29, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    This has to be stopped. The government has gone crazy. They seem to be blinded by their fear of not keeping up with a growing population, to the detriment of everything that may get in its way such as bushland and endangered species. I have signed the petition but that isn’t enough. Have the Greens been informed of this campaign? What about the Socialist Alliance? Pressure must be put on the government and where it is going to hurt them. What about the Independent in your area?

  • 4 Matt Perdeck // Oct 29, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    I’m not so sure about that petition to stop a powerline.

    If we’re going to transition from coal fired powerstatons to renewables, that will involve large scale windfarms – lots of large efficient wind turbines in remote windy places. That means new powerlines to get the electricity from the remote windy places to the cities where it is needed.

    Once the government gets serious about moving to renewable energy (whenever that may be), expect lots of nimby petitions by landholders against wind farms, or power lines, in their particular area. You may have seen the movie \Stupid Age\ – it has some great examples of this in the UK where windfarms are systematically getting blocked by protests such as these.

  • 5 Sue // Oct 30, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Matt – While we have to be careful about NIMBY-type objections, the issues with this particular project appear to be well documented on the website. It seems to be yet another example of the backward-thinking approach taken by governments & the electricity sector, with little or no consideration of forward-thinking alternatives which will actually help reduce emissions.

  • 6 Stephen O'Connor // Oct 31, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Matt.The move away from coal fired power will not require large scale wind farms if the power they generate is used locally.First of all you would need less turbines ,you would lose less power and would not need large scale transmission lines.Generate the power near the place it will be used.

  • 7 stephen o'connor // Nov 18, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    when it comes to start to make a difference i am reminded of\I am one,I cannot do anything,but I can do something. And becausr I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.What I can do ,I should do.And what I should do,by the grace of God i will do.(Edward Hale..1822-1909)to this end again i ask

  • 8 stephen o'connor // Nov 18, 2009 at 8:55 pm

  • 9 Peter Woodrow // Dec 8, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Matt stopping powerlines is exactly what we must do! We must move to a model of local power generation. Localised windfarms to service small geographical areas so that leakage is no longer an issue. Even better is the most localised of all power generation answers, solar pannels and wind turbines at every house in the land. wE HAVE TO BE WILLING TO SEE THIS DEBATE FOR WHAT IT IS, PROFIT DRIVEN. Big companies are driven by the fact that they can charge for coal, gas or nuclear power, but they would get no slice of a locally generated power. Its back to that old adage, act locally, think globally.

  • 10 stephen O'connor // Feb 10, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    O.K people time for your help Transgrid has released their report on the environment inpact on their proposed transmission line .It involves over 1oo yes 100 threathened or vunerable species. If you care for God and his creations stand up againast this madness at
    see above
    Thank You

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