Sunday, May 26, 2024

Miriam Pepper

Environment Editor –

International Day of Care and Support recognises the contributions of carers

October 29 marked the inaugural International Day of Care and Support. Designated by the United Nations General Assembly this year, this day aims to...

Pasifika leaders call for a just and fair transition to a safer climate future

At a gathering at Sydney Olympic Park on October 7, Pasifika leaders and community members from the Uniting Church and beyond called on the...

Garden invites community to grow into belonging

WATERLOO: The garden at South Sydney Uniting Church is flourishing and community members are invited to be part of it.

Life, breath – everything

Recently I went on a forest protection pilgrimage to Gumbaynggirr Country on the Mid North Coast of NSW, together with others from the Uniting...

People of faith call on NAB to move beyond coal

Over ten days in late March and early April, people from diverse religious traditions took part in almost 50 peaceful protests across Australia against...

Defenders of the forests

Up and down the east coast of NSW people are standing up to defend the forests they love and on which we all depend. Native...

Forest Advocacy Ministry calls for an end to industrial native forest logging in NSW

A Uniting Church project that aims to stand in solidarity with native forests and all who depend on them has now launched. Initially based on...

Citizen scientists protect biodiversity in NSW

“Citizen scientists” are saving forests through their interventions by identifying illegal logging and preventing the clearing of remnant native vegetation – directly influencing the future of our native animals like the tiger quoll and koala.

Strikers demand rapid reductions in emissions

Youth movement for climate justice School Strike 4 Climate is once again striking on October 15 to call on the Australian government to “fund...

Faith communities ‘sound the alarm’ for climate justice

Faith communities in South Sydney and Australia-wide “sounded the alarm” on March 11 for climate justice. One hundred and thirty-five events – some making...

An interview with Meredith Knight – Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion (XR) is a global movement that uses nonviolent civil disobedience and regenerative culture to attempt to drive political change to address the...

Residents want recycling services

WATERLOO: The thousands of residents who live in the Waterloo public housing estate have been without a recycling service for a number of years.

Passionate impressions of Murray-Darling system

Fifteen paintings, the largest of which is 150 centimetres by 150 centimetres, fill a gallery at Mary Mackillop Place, bringing the diversity, and desolation...

Students call for climate action

They said last November they’d be back, and they were.

Connecting to country

Writing the Country explores the human connection to country at this time of great change and threat.

Remembrance and justice for Forgotten Australians

Marking the anniversary of the 2009 National Apology to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants.

‘The river is like the blood in our bodies …’

“You might think it looks lovely, but all I see is misery.” These were the words that Uncle Darrell Sumner, a Ngarrindjeri elder, used to describe the state of the Coorong.

Film – Understorey

Never after the South East Forests campaigns can you say that a natural environmental protection issue wasn’t absolutely mainstream to the Australian psyche.

Indigenous crew completes grueling course

In the final days of 2016, communities around Australia witnessed something special – the first ever Indigenous crew to attempt the Sydney to Hobart yacht race in its 72-year history.

Share in the care of marine biodiversity

Do you value Sydney’s beautiful harbour? Are you interested in efforts to protect the creatures that call the harbour home and improve the quality...

Troublemakers, clowns and prophets

"Every little thing that somebody does makes a difference. But if one person does something, then encourages another person to do the same thing, and that person gets somebody else on board and so on, that will ultimately change the world. Just by loving one other person we can make the world a better place. It's not simple, but in some ways it is."

Put off by offsetting

We need tools to help us navigate our way in a complex world. One of these is rational calculation – where we weigh up benefits and disbenefits of a certain course of action, and then make decisions on the basis of where the balance lies. When faced with difficult decisions, I have been known to write up lists of advantages and disadvantages – although typically I am then left in a situation of not knowing how to compare the pros and cons.

Local wins computer science scholarship

Darlington resident and University of Sydney doctoral student Georgina Wilcox has just been awarded the Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship.

Go Fossil Free comes to town

After years of trying to influence government policies on carbon emissions, coal and coal seam gas projects and renewable energy, climate change campaigners are increasingly targeting the money behind the fossil fuel industry.

Putting a value on litter

April saw a series of colourful events across Sydney and beyond, highlighting the problem of litter and waste. The tour started with the dumping of 4,000 drink containers in Martin Place (with the support of City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore). It continued to a number of community “can kicking” events in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong, and finished with an attempt to net and remove waste from Darling Harbour which was thwarted by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.

Drone versus swarm

Redfern resident and PhD candidate in the Department of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at the University of Sydney, Tariq Abuhashim, was recently awarded for his part in a multi-disciplinary project to improve the control of locust plagues.

Quality care for disadvantaged seniors

REDFERN: A much-needed new aged care facility has opened its doors in Redfern to people who have experienced significant social and financial disadvantage, including homelessness.

Guest Editorial – February 2013:Dr Miriam Pepper

It was predicted to be a hot summer. And hot it has been indeed. Temperature records have tumbled across Australia – including the hottest day, the longest heat-wave, and the hottest four-month period.

Faith in mining?

On Sunday October 14, people from a diversity of religious backgrounds came together at Christian Brothers High School in Lewisham to spend an afternoon exploring the ecological, social and economic issues associated with Australia’s mining boom.

Nothing new in politics of consumption

October is Buy Nothing New Month, a month-long challenge to buy nothing new with the exception of essentials like food, hygiene and medicine. The campaign started in Melbourne in 2010 and is spreading throughout Australia and to the Netherlands and the USA. It is supported by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Sacred Heart Mission, the Ian Potter Foundation and Maddocks legal firm.