Neil van Herk - Sustainability Coordinator


World Environment Day Friday 5 June 2015

Thank you to the following group of students who gave up their lunch on World Environment Day to make the College more beautiful:
Toby Morgan, Luka Seaborne-Carlin, Spencer Jarvis, Luca Schlaich, Lochlain Lafferty, Tom Gibbs, Nicolas Evans, Jessica Leong, Lucy Highet, Violette Murphy, Cullen Binet, Rory Hewson, Liam Hurley, Jedd Massey-Hicks, Molly Rowbottam, Caitlin Skead, Xavier de Souza and Catherine Lau.
They enjoyed working together and really did an amazing job. Well done!
Dr Margaret Yoon

Pope Francis' much anticipated encyclical on the environment will be released on the 18 June 2015.

The problem with Francis' reputation as a maverick is that people are tempted to think absolutely everything he says or does is a novelty. In fact, this encyclical is not a reversal of tradition - it is the tradition.
One could go all the way back to this pope's namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, and his famous canticles to "brother sun" and "sister moon" to find a deep green streak in Catholic teaching and spirituality.
More recently, St. John Paul II devoted a 1990 message for the World Day of Peace entirely to environmental themes, applauding a growing ecological awareness and asserting that the greenhouse effect "has now reached crisis proportions."
In 2002, John Paul signed a common ecological declaration with Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, the first among equals of Orthodox prelates, calling on humanity to "repent" for its mistreatment of the environment.
As for Benedict XVI, his statements on ecology were so voluminous he was dubbed the "Green Pope." In a 2010 message on the subject, he insisted there will be neither justice nor peace without strong environmental commitment.
Not only did he teach on the subject, he also walked his own talk - signing an agreement that made the Vatican Europe's first carbon-neutral state, and installing solar panels atop the Vatican's main audience hall.
(I still recall the opening of my story the day those panels went online: "For two millennia, the Catholic Church has claimed to draw on the power of the Son. As of today, however, it's also drawing on the power of the Sun.")
Under Benedict, the Pontifical Academy for Sciences released a 2010 report on climate change recommending that world leaders cut carbon dioxide emissions, reduce existing pollution, and prepare for the inevitable impacts of a changing climate.
In other words, Francis isn't overturning previous popes. He's carrying their legacy forward.

Taken from: Getting ahead of the spin on the pope's environmental encyclical. (n.d.). 11 June 2015.