With the devastating floods in northern NSW following the worst bushfires in Australia’s history in 2020, climate change will be a big issue at the next election.
That is why we will be holding a Uniting Church election forum focussing on climate change, at Penrith in western Sydney on the evening of April 27th. We have invited political leaders from the major parties to share the climate policies they bring to the next election. There will be opportunity to understand and ask questions about, how those seeking our vote will address the challenge of climate change, should they form the next government.
Importantly, this election forum will be led by members of the Uniting Church Pasifika community. While all of us are, and will be affected by climate change, our neighbours in the Pacific are particularly vulnerable. Their lands and waters, their livelihoods, and their very identity are under threat right now. The wider Uniting Church and community is invited to stand with them, as well as expressing our own concerns.
How you can support the forum
The forum will take place at Penrith Panthers (Ron Mulock AO Room) from 6.00pm to 8.30 pm on Wednesday April 27. There are 350 seats available. If you are able to attend the forum in person, please register here.
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If you are not able to attend, you can support in other ways. Your congregation or group may be able to send a brief video message of support. We will share more information on this in coming days. The Uniting Church Pasifika leaders organising the forum ask all Uniting Church members and communities to join with them in praying for the forum – that there will be honest and constructive scrutiny and discussion of climate policies and a will for all groups to work together for a good and sustainable future for all.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Jon O’Brien in the Uniting Advocacy team at email@example.com or 0477 725 528
Ofa Foiakau is the Youth/High School Ministry Lead and Field Officer (Central/West) within the PULSE team.