Friday 8 July 2011
A gathering to form a Catholic sustainability network on the Gold Coast will take place at Marymount College, Burleigh Waters, at the end of July.
The gathering has been organised after several months of discussions and planning between the Archdiocesan Justice and Peace Commission and a small group of Gold Coast Catholics committed to environmentally responsible practices.
The Commission’s Executive Officer, Peter Arndt, said that the Commission has placed a high priority on supporting Catholics to embrace ecological sustainability in their parishes, schools, homes, workplaces and the community.
“Pope John Paul II called for an ‘ecological conversion’ in 1990 and we are trying to help Catholics to respond to that call,” Mr Arndt said.
The gathering will take place on Sunday 31 July from 11 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. in the Doyle Centre at Marymount College, Burleigh Waters.
“It seems very appropriate for us to hold this first gathering at the place where the Commission launched our very successful environmental project, Cool Communities, in 2003,” Mr Arndt said.
“Over 400 Catholic households participated in that project which helped them to find ways to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions,” he said.
“In the current circumstances where the impact of climate change is already being felt, it is important for us as Catholics to take action to care for the earth so that future generations do not face great difficulties,” he said.
The Director of Catholic Earthcare Australia, Luke Edwards, will speak about the ASSISI sustainability program at the gathering and the Gold Coast City Council and local environmental groups will give a presentation on what resources, opportunities and support is available for Catholics interested in promoting ecologically sustainable practices.
Mr Arndt said that an important part of the day would be discussions about what local Catholics are already doing in their schools, parishes and the community, what they would like to do in the future and what they need to take further steps.
It is also hoped that a number of local environmental groups will have displays at the gathering.
“The Commission wants to ensure that an opportunity for on-going gatherings, support and collaboration is provided,” he said.
“The Commission will endeavour to be a resource to support the maintenance and growth of this local network and its actions,” he said.
“If we get a good response on the South Coast, we hope this can spread to other parts of the Archdiocese,” he said.
“We think we can do a better job if we work with Catholics collaboratively in the communities where they live their faith,” he said.
Lunch, morning and afternoon tea will be provided. Participants are asked to make a small donation to help with costs.
Bookings are appreciated. Bookings and enquiries may be made by contacting Peter Arndt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 3336 9173.
For further information, please contact Peter Arndt on (07) 3336 9173 or 0409 265 476.