Judging and acting on climate change

posted 21 Jul 2010, 19:34 by Stefan Gigacz   [ updated 21 Jul 2010, 19:51 ]
Australian Columban Fr Charles Rue has published Let the Son Shine, An Australian Catholic Response to Climate Change, a resource for use by church and community groups for action on climate issues.

Fr Rue develops the guide in a see-judge-act format, setting out the facts, outlining ethical principles followed by options for action.

It is an excellent resource but an important qualification needs to be added.

In the see section, the booklet presents climate change as an established fact, and offers evidence for that position. This may well so, and personally I lean strongly to this conclusion.

Nevertheless, it is also a sociological fact that many people, particularly in Australia, are not convinced that climate change is a fact.

A more authentic see-judge-act approach to climate change, in my view at least, would have pointed people to scientific evidence for and against climate change and allowed readers to judge for themselves.

- Stefan Gigacz

Fr Charles Rue, Let the Son Shine, An Australian Catholic Response to Climate Change, Columban JPIC Office, Sydney, 2009

Booklet available here.

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