Caritas State of the Environment Report
Caritas Australia has joined together with Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand in collaboration with Caritas Tonga, Caritas Papua New Guinea and Caritas Samoa to publish this year's State of the Environment Report for Oceania 2017.
The Caritas State of the Environment for Oceania 2017 Report is a voice from Oceania highlighting the impacts of climate change on our common home, and the actions and responses required to protect it for the poor and future generations.
State of the Environment Report for Oceania 2016
In 2016, Caritas Australia had joined together with Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand and Caritas Tonga to produce the Caritas State of the Environment Report for Oceania 2016.
The year, 2015-16, has highlighted the Pacific’s vulnerability to extreme weather events that affect food and water supplies. The most significant trend in Oceania the last 12 months has been widespread hunger and thirst that is a result of severe weather events, successive emergencies, and ongoing climatic changes. These have had extensive and serious impacts on the well-being of peoples across the Pacific.
The El Niño weather pattern and Cyclone Winston in Fiji have had significant impact in the region, as well as other extreme weather events such as droughts and intense rainfall. These events have had an impact on malnutrition within these countries, which will have long-term impacts on health and education. Rising sea levels, coastal erosion, flooding and groundwater salination are also long-term threats to Pacific peoples.
Download the Hungry for Justice, Thirsty for Change report.
Watch a video and hear the firsthand voices of those experiencing changes in their lives due to climate change.
We have many communities that are close to the sea, many communities that are at high tide."Most Rev. Archbishop Chris Cardone OP
Archbishop of Honiara