August, 2017

After the flood, where’s the river of tears?

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

The first I knew of 16 million people inundated by floodwater were the photos from a friend on Facebook. Outstretched hands, bare shoulders, muddy torrents: they were the first of what I expected to be a mainstream media deluge. Instead: silence. Families across Nepal, India and Bangladesh have been drowned, buried alive and starving for […] The post After the flood, where’s the river of... Read More »

Pacific churches call for climate action at COP23

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

The Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) has called for the urgent implementation of the 2015 Paris climate agreement, and for leaders to hear the voices of Pacific Islanders – the most vulnerable people to the impacts of climate change. The PCC made its statement during a meeting of church leaders in Auckland, New Zealand this week. The meeting comes as Fiji prepares to chair the 23rd Conference... Read More »

We can’t go back in time, but some tragedies can be prevented in advance

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Almost exactly two months after our son died in 2004, some 250,000 people were killed by a series of tsunamis in the Indian Ocean. It was described at the time as the worst tsunami event the world had ever seen. I didn’t watch any of the footage. That kind of graphic imagery simply wasn’t needed […] The post We can’t go back in time, but some tragedies can be prevented in advance appeared... Read More »