Sweet Water: A Just Climate feature film

For us, climate change is a life issue, people are trying to cope with it day by day. For the rest of the world it is an economic issue."
Fr Michael McKenzie, Kiribati

A Just Climate

A Just Climate was a campaign that sought to promote ecological sustainability as a means to minimise the impact of climate change on the world's most vulnerable communities. It was about protecting the inherent human dignity of the poorest of the poor.

What happened?

Caritas Australia campaigners with Greg Combet

Thousands of Caritas Australia supporters took action for A Just Climate in 2011 and 2012 to ensure that the world's poor are heard in both national and international discussions about how best to address the challenges posed by climate change.

Our supporters raised awareness in their community by hosting A Just Climate event, engaging in conversations with local politicians, or taking personal action to reduce their ecological footprint. Their engagement contributed to a core message: We want a just climate for the world's poor!

Over 1500 supporters signed our petition calling for more action to help developing countries deal with climate change. In September 2011, Kateia Kaikai from Kiribati and Caritas Australia's Alexandra Engel presented the petition to Climate Change Minister Greg Combet (that's them at right).

The protection of the environment, of resources and of the climate obliges all international leaders to act jointly and to show a readiness to work in good faith…promoting solidarity with the weakest regions of the planet”
Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas In Veritate (Charity In Truth) 2009