Putting a Human Face on Climate Change: A Conversation with Ursula Rakova of the Carteret Islands

3 July 5:30pm - 7:00pm
St Columba Centre 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby, Auckland
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CARITAS TALK: Putting a Human Face on Climate Change: A Conversation with Ursula Rakova of the Carteret Islands

SPEAKER: Ursula Rakova, Executive Director, Tulele Peisa - a pioneer in the environmental movement in PNG

Please RSVP: martin@caritas.org.nz 

We invite you to hear Ursula Rakova on impacts and response to sea level rise around the Carteret Islands, Papua New Guinea. Facing a lack of fresh water, salted soils no longer able to produce crops, and disappearance of their ancestral lands into the sea – she and her island community embarked on a long journey to find a place which would welcome them to make new homes and lives. Caritas note that In light of Pope Francis’ call in Laudato Si for ‘a more passionate concern for the protection of our world’, Ursula’s story is of great relevance.

The presentation will be put in the context of an integral ecology that cares for the poor and the planet, and ensures a viable earth for future generations.
Ursula was born on Han in the Carteret Islands, offshore of Bougainville, PNG. Her organisation Tulele Peisa (“Sailing in the wind on our own”) seeks to carve out a new future for her people. They have negotiated with the Bougainville Diocese of the Catholic Church for land on the mainland to resettle some of the islanders. Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is assisting with sustainable agricultural and fishing livelihood programmes in the area, and raising awareness of environmental challenges in Oceania. “My vision is that Carteret Islanders are living sustainable livelihoods and are safe and secure where-ever they are – that they have enough land space to grow food and cash crops to sustain their family incomes,” says Ursula.
Link for more info: http://www.tulele-peisa.org/about/ursula-rakova/