Goal Seven of Laudato Si invites us: Community resilience and empowerment envisage a synodal journey of community engagement and participatory action at various levels. Actions could include promoting advocacy and developing people’s campaigns, encouraging rootedness and a sense of belonging in local communities and neighbourhood ecosystems.
You can read about the Laudato Si Action Plan for the Archdiocese of Brisbane here
The Catholic Justice and Peace Commission is a member body of Queensland Conservation Council and welcomes this opportunity for local action and support.
Queensland has a rich natural legacy – an abundance of plant and animal species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world.
Sadly, we’re also a state that has historically fallen well short when it comes to protecting that natural legacy for future generations.
Queensland has the highest rate of deforestation in the country and one of the highest rates of animal extinction in the world.
We’re failing to do the basics when it comes to protecting our home – and we’re going to shortchange our kids and grand kids unless we do more for Queensland’s wildlife and natural places.
Establishing a strong, independent environmental protection agency (EPA) is a much-needed first step to protecting this natural legacy.
Queensland is the only state in Australia without an EPA and now is our opportunity to implement an independent agency with the authority needed to make the tough calls.
An EPA acts as a watchdog to enforce the laws that protect our natural places and wildlife. Without one, there’s no one to hold those who exploit the rules accountable.
Let’s take this opportunity to build the EPA that Queensland deserves to preserve our natural legacy for future generations. If you believe we need an independent EPA with teeth, please feel free to use our letter template to develop a letter to send to your MP. You can also download it as a Word Doc here.