State of the Environment Report for Oceania 2016
This past year, 2015-16, has highlighted the Pacific’s vulnerability to extreme weather events that affect food and water supplies. The most significant trend in Oceania the last 12 months has been widespread hunger and thirst that is a result of severe weather events, successive emergencies, and ongoing climatic changes. These have had extensive and serious impacts on the well-being of peoples across the Pacific.
The El Niño weather pattern and Cyclone Winston in Fiji have had significant impact in the region, as well as other extreme weather events such as droughts and intense rainfall. These events have had an impact on malnutrition within these countries, which will have long-term impacts on health and education. Rising sea levels, coastal erosion, flooding and groundwater salination are also long-term threats to Pacific peoples.
There’s never been a more urgent time to stand in solidarity with our Pacific neighbours. Please act now – send a letter to your MP and Senators asking for stronger climate action in Australia.
Sign your name to Caritas’ letter urging MPs and Senators to support stronger climate action in Australia, and Caritas will deliver it to them at Parliament House on 21st November. Read and sign the letter here.
For more parish and school resources about the impact of Climate Change on the Pacific, head to www.caritas.org.au/act/our-common-home/hungry-for-justice.