Faith in a Basin Future – A Dialogue Evening Exploring Integral Ecology in the Murray-Darling Basin – May 1st

Posted on Apr 6, 2017 in News
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The communities of the southern Murray-Darling Basin are experiencing social, economic and environmental challenges from land and water management reforms, changing terms of trade, changing population dynamics and climate change. Faith in a Basin Future, an ecumenical project, seeks to work with and through local churches and partners to develop strategies for positive, vital and resilient futures.

“The environment is part of a logic of receptivity. It is on loan to each generation, which must then hand it on to the next. An integral ecology is marked by this broader vision.” (Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si’ – On Care of Our Common Home #159)

Integral ecology is inseparable from the common good. It is the interconnectedness of environmental, social, economic, political, cultural, spiritual and ethical issues. Integral Ecology necessitates the ability to think holistically about solutions to a crisis that is neither environmental nor human but is one bound together.

The vision of Faith in a Basin Future is of all God’s people nurturing the natural, human and economic systems of the southern Murray-Darling Basin and sharing its fragile and abundant ecology in sustainable ways for future generations.

We invite you to hear about new research on integral ecology in the Murray-Darling Basin and to join us for dialogue on how this concept might support communities into the future.

When: 1st May 2017  5:30 to 8:30 pm (including refreshments)

Speakers: Dr. John Williams – Adjunct Professor ANU Crawford School of Public Policy and Adjunct Professor at CSU Institute of Land, Water and Society
Assoc. Prof. Jamie Pittock – Fenner School of Environment and Society  Director of International Programs, UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance
Assoc. Prof. Sarah Wheeler – University of Adelaide Centre for Global Food and Resources
Jacqui Remond – National Director of Catholic Earthcare Australia

Where: The Pavilion, Australian Centre for Christianity & Culture

Charles Sturt University, 15 Blackall St. Barton, ACT 2600

Price: Free

To Register visit our Eventbrite site here!

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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

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.