ROSALIE RENDU FORUM

As extreme weather events occur more frequently and with greater intensity, last month’s Rosalie Rendu Forum highlighted Climate Justice: working together for a more equitable and sustainable future.

More than 90 people from across New South Wales and beyond joined the annual forum, named in recognition of Sister Rosalie Rendu, to hear from an acclaimed group of women who are leading the way in responding to climate change.

Kellie Caught from the Australian Council of Social Service commented “people experiencing poverty and disadvantage are being left worse off and [climate impacts] can drive people into poverty. [We need to be] putting people with the least at the front and centre of these policies”.

Dr Kim Loo from Doctors for the Environment spoke of how increased living costs linked to climate change are directly impacting people’s health and well-being. “People who are already depriving themselves of energy are trying even harder – taking fewer showers, going to bed earlier – I’m seeing my patients having to choose between turning on their air conditioning or paying for their medication. People are living in precarity.”

Issues raised during the course of the 90-minute discussion included the relationship between humans and the environment, the impacts of climate change on disadvantaged communities and on health and wellbeing, the response of St Vincent de Paul Society members in disaster-affected areas, and government policies that should be enacted to address these issues.

St Vincent de Paul Society NSW would like to thank Professor Anne Poelina, Dr Kim Loo, Ms Kellie Caught, Ms Suzanne Nichols, Ms Saimi Jeong, Ms Yvonne Weldon and Ms Jacinta McGrath for their involvement in another important and thought-provoking Rosalie Rendu Forum.

If you would like to view the 2022 Rosalie Rendu Forum, email social.justice@vinnies.org.au  to access a recording.

Sydneysiders who would like to continue the discussion are invited to attend an upcoming climate listening event in Parramatta (23 Nov). Email social.justice@vinnies.org.au for more information.

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