Aussie bishop takes climate change to British parliament

Catholic Earthcare chair Bishop Chris Toohey will lead a discussion on climate change in the British House of Commons this week.

Independent Catholic News in the UK describes the NSW bush bishop as a "world leader in Catholic awareness and action on the environment".

His visit culminates in the launch of an environment awareness event in Bristol at the end of the month.

Parishioner and BBC producer Mary Colwell is behind the event. She visited Australia to speak at Catholic Earthcare Australia's conference last year.

She said Bishop Toohey's concern is "grounded in theological reflection".

Bishop Toohey said: "We're all part of the human family and if any insight and some of the learning we've experienced here can be shared, it will be fantastic."

Meanwhile Brisbane's Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of Brisbane has commended a local parish social justice group for its Walk to Mass Sunday initiative.

Grovely parishioners are being encouraged to walk to Mass this Sunday. The group has produced a brochure to explain why climate change is a faith issue. It lists what Catholics can do in their daily lives to respond to the climate change crisis.

Catholic environment leader visits UK (Independent Catholic News, 10/9/07)
Commission Encourages Parishes to Follow Grovely Climate Change Example (Catholic Justice and Peace Commission)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
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British House of Commons (Wikipedia)
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Bishop Chris Toohey (Wilcannia-Forbes diocese)

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11 Sep 2007