Tess Corkish to attend Emerging Leaders Multi-Faith Climate Convergence in Rome

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 in Youth
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Tess Corkish will be representing Catholic Earthcare Australia at the Climate March to St. Peter’s Square

Tess Corkish, Catholic Earthcare’s Youth Engagement Officer, talks jet setting and international networking at the Emerging Leaders Multi-Faith Climate Convergence in Rome.

In the early hours of Friday the 26th of June I’m setting off for Rome for the first ever Emerging Leaders Multi-Faith Climate Convergence. This is an amazing chance to meet other 21-40 year olds from around the globe who are doing great things for the climate in their faith groups. I’ve been to Rome twice before, and even to the Vatican, but nothing will be able to top the opportunity to network with likeminded people from all around the world and gather in St Peter’s Square to thank Pope Francis for his leadership. Greenfaith and Our Voices are kindly sponsoring me to attend and Catholic Earthcare is funding the last 20% of my trip, so I will be going along as both a leader in my own right, but also as a representative of Catholic Earthcare.

The faith perspective is a unique one, and one with which I believe many of you will identify. It is a space that values creation as a gift from God and ascribes it with that value. My faith and my call to social justice have always shaped my response to climate change and I am very keen to meet a number of others who share my concern and my journey.

My work for at least the next six months will be engaging Catholic young people around the encyclical, and I am just so excited to open up this space as a welcoming and loving one for other young people engaging with the same issues as I am.

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Important Announcement

Catholic Earthcare is the part of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference which promotes ecological conversion to achieve a loving and sustainable relationship with the natural world. It uses environmental education, national and international links and advocacy to achieve this goal.

In May 2017, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference decided to incorporate Catholic Earthcare Australia into its sister agency, Caritas Australia. This change was made to strengthen the capacity of Catholic Earthcare Australia, particularly in advocating and educating about the principles of Holy Father’s 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si, and to achieve synergies with Caritas Australia’s extensive education and advocacy work around Australia, including parishes, schools and the wider Catholic community on environmental issues such as climate change.

Caritas Australia is the Church’s international aid and development agency.  As part of the global Caritas confederation operating in 190 countries, it works alongside marginalised communities in many countries and with 11 First Australian agencies here in Australia.  Promoting the principles of Laudato Si is at the centre of the global confederation and of Caritas Australia.

This website is being refined to reflect the new administrative arrangements for Catholic Earthcare Australia. For all enquiries in relation to the work of Catholic Earthcare Australia or to request assistance, please call  1800 024 413 or email CatholicEarthcare@caritas.org.au.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Catholic Earthcare Australia and your commitment to combating climate change and protecting the environment and ecosystems from degradation and pollution.