Living the Change

Recently, people have begun saying that we are not so much facing climate change as climate destruction. Yes, the words are alarming but they echo the UN’s recent IPCC report that said "rapid and far-reaching" actions are needed to prevent dangerous global warming.[1] Our response could be resignation and despair or personal action and righteous anger. The latter approach is being taken by the Living the Change campaign.


Living the Change is global multi-faith campaign built on the recognition that all faiths hold that: 

  • the Earth is a sacred gift; and
  • each of us has the responsibility to live in a way that supports and sustains our common home.

While still advocating for strong government policies, the campaign also recognises that individuals need to adopt environmentally sustainable lifestyles.

Individuals are invited to commit to making changes in those areas of their life that will have the best impact on the environment. The Living The Change website contains useful information – as well as a place where you can add your commitment to those of other people of faith:

 The local launch of Living the Change took place on 14 October 2018 at Adamstown Uniting Church. About 45 people attended the event at which they also watched a New Zealand documentary which is coincidentally called Living the Change.

The documentary, which can be purchased online, tells the story of several people/families who are living in harmony with the rest of nature. 

The documentary begins by pointing out the error of the philosophy that endless economic growth is both possible and desirable. The more hopeful alternative is to see ourselves as interconnected with the rest of creation. 

From this perspective, our own well-being is only possible when we are bringing life, not destruction, to the rest of creation.

 [1] <accessed 15 Oct 2018>

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Lawrie Hallinan

Lawrie is a parishioner at Tighes Hill.

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