Caritas State of the Environment for Oceania Report
In 2018, Caritas Australia has once again joined with Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, Caritas Papua New Guinea, Caritas Samoa and Caritas Tonga to publish the Caritas State of the Environment Report for Oceania.
These annual reports bear witness to the stark reality that millions of people in small islands states are suffering the impacts of climate change, though they did very little to contribute to it.
The reports also highlight the actions required from the Australian Government and others to respond to climate change.
State of the Environment Report for Oceania 2016
The report, has highlighted the Pacific’s vulnerability to extreme weather events that affect food and water supplies. The most significant trend in Oceania in 2015-16 was 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 had significant impact in the region, as well as other extreme weather events such as droughts and intense rainfall. These events 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