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Nobel Peace Laureate to open Catholic Earthcare conference


Nobel peace prize winner and renowned ecologist, Professor Wangari Maathai will visit Australia in November to open a major Catholic Earthcare Australia conference on climate change.

The conference, to be held in Canberra, is entitled, "Our responsibility to sustain God's earth" and will feature a packed program of national and international experts and speakers on climate change.

Chairman of Catholic Earthcare Australia, Bishop Chris Toohey will present a CEA Position Paper on Climate Change at the conference and said he was delighted that Professor Maathai had agreed to open the event.

"Professor Maathai is respected around the world for her pioneering work in establishing the Green Belt Movement, a grass roots organisation in which people, mostly Kenyan women, tackle soil erosion in that country by the planting of trees," Bishop Toohey said.

"Members of the Green Belt Movement have now planted over 30 million trees across Kenya, showing that everyone has the power to make a difference in protecting the world around them.

"We are all charged with the responsibility of protecting and sustaining God's creation in the earth on which we live and this conference will help show us the way forward and will celebrate the gains already being made."

The Catholic Earthcare Australia conference will feature a keynote speech from Fr Bill Stoeger, cosmologist and astrophysicist with the Vatican Observatory and the University of Arizona.

Also speaking will be Dr David Hallman of the World Council of Churches and presentations by Felicity Harris, Joan Hendrik, Michael McKenzie, Denis Edwards, Sean McDonagh, Monica Sparks, Trish Hindmarsh.

There will be a science-based expert panel presentation by Dr Brendan Mackey (ecologist), Dr Janette Lindsay (climatologist) and Professor Tony McMichael, Director of the National Centre for Population Health at the Australian National University, as well as first-hand accounts of the effects of global warming on the Pacific Islands of Kiribati and Tuvalu.

The conference will take place at Canberra's Southern Cross Club over the weekend commencing Friday evening, 18 November.

For more details, go to www.catholicearthcareoz.net/conference.html, email conference@catholicearthcareoz.net, or call Tanya on 02 4655 4855.

SOURCE
Nobel Peace Laureate to open Catholic Earthcare Australia conference (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 29/7/05)

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Catholic Earthcare Australia
The Nobel Peace Prize 2004
Prof. Wangari Maathai
The Wangari Maathai Foundation

2 Aug 2005