October 23, 2018

Caring for Creation in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific

 

Climate Change in our part of the world (Aotearoa New Zealand and Pacific) continues to have a major impact for the most vulnerable communities.  In the Pacific, storm surges are becoming more frequent and loss of land is becoming more evident.

Plastic pollution in the Pacific, is becoming more of a problem and efforts worldwide from various groups are pushing for people communities to try and reduce their plastic footprint.

On the 27th August MGA NZ (Mercy Global Action New Zealand) had a special meeting with Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) on the Government’s proposed climate migration policy within the Pacific.  This meeting was at the request of MFAT and both organisations were asked for feedback on the proposed policy.  The policy itself is pioneering and shows the present government’s foresight in seeing immigration due to Climate.  At the same time, the Government is looking at being proactive in helping in adaptation and mitigation within the Pacific  and acknowledge that there has been a disconnect with Pacific nations for a number of years.

On October 4th, Caritas Oceania launched the Environment report for our region, this makes valuable reading  as to highlight the effects of climate change in the Pacific.

In mid-November, there will be a Mercy Asia -Pacific gathering in Samoa to talk further about climate change in our region and Mercy’s response and future actions to this reality.

Messages to: Bridget Crisp rsm - MGA NZ

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