The Cathedral is hosting a Symposium called "The Seasons are Gone", on indigenous perspectives on climate change. Almost all discussion on climate change concentrates on scientific and political issues, and the perspectives of those who are most vulnerable to climate change often do not rate in the discussion.
This symposium brings together speakers from the South Pacific, the Torres Strait Islands and the Top End to tell their stories. Our speakers include:
, Yolgnu man and Uniting Church Minister
, Torres Strait Islander
, from the Polynesian atoll of Ontong Java in the Solomon Islands
, from the Melanesian Island of Makira in the Solomon Islands
All are leaders in their field, and respected elders of their people.
You are also invited to join the conversation: to listen, to speak and to act. The Symposium starts at 4pm on Friday 16th September, and goes through to 4 pm on Sunday 18th September. There is no charge for attending, and tea & coffee will be provided. You are welcome to attend as little or as much as time permits. The basic program is:
Friday 16th September
4pm to 6 pm - meet the speakers
Saturday 17th September
9 am - Welcome to Country, followed by presentations and discussions on the South Pacific, Yolgnu country, and the Torres Strait Islands (9 am to 3 pm with a lunch break). To finish the day, a Q&A panel, from 3.30 pm to 5 pm
- You are welcome to join us for worship at the Cathedral, with our visitors from the Solomon Islands preaching. This will be followed at 11.30 am with a session on the current state of play in Australia, and then from 2pm to 4pm a discussion as to where to from here.
For further information, to receive a flyer or programme, or to register interest in attending, please contact the Dean of the Cathedral, Dr Keith Joseph, at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0409 783 452