Dear CES Members and Friends


Our next public forum is only a few weeks away.  It will continue our theme for 2015 which is: “Equity and the Human Family”.


Topic:  Environment or Economy: A False Dichotomy


Too often our public debate reflects outdated and simplistic thinking such as ‘our economy versus the environment’.  Such thinking will undermine our future prosperity and security.  Rather, to promote sustainability we should be thinking in terms of ‘short run versus long run’.  Squandering our natural capital with no thought to the future is un-economic and poor stewardship.  Decisive action on climate change is a pro-growth strategy but the window is closing on humanity's ability to avoid dangerous climate change. Have we already left things too late?


Speaker: Dr Steve Hatfield-Dodds

Dr Hatfield-Dodds is one of Australia's leading thinkers on sustainability, climate change and environmental policy.  Describing himself as a “thoughtful economist”, he has spent half his career in senior policy roles in areas such as Treasury, Environment and Climate Change and half in policy-related research roles, including at the ANU.  He is also a Board member of the International Society for Ecological Economics and he represents Australia on the UN International Resource Panel.


Date and time:  7.30 pm Tuesday 20 October 2015

Venue: Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Corner Kings Ave and Blackall St, Barton


Donation: $5 requested to cover the cost of the forum.  Supper will be provided.  There is no need to book – just come along.

Publicity:  I have attached publicity flyers.  If you are able to pin them up on notice boards at your community organisations, church or work it would be a great help.  Or pass them around.


November Forum


CES and the Catholic Social Justice Commission (ACG) are jointly sponsoring a public forum to address the Catholic Social Justice Statement: “For Those Who’ve Come Across the Seas: Justice for Refugees and Asylum Seekers?”  Our Speaker will be Jon Stanhope.  The forum will be held at 7.30 pm on 11 November. 


Non-CES Events


Laudato Si’ and a Spirituality for the Whole World

The Catholic Archdiocesan Commission for Women is holding a presentation by Anne Lanyon about ‘A Spirituality for the Whole World’.  Anne is Deputy Director of Sydney’s Columban Institute and Co-ordinator of the Columban Mission Institute Centre for Peace, Ecology and Justice.  As theologian and experienced educator, Anne Lanyon is concerned with relationships between people and the whole planet (earth, air, water, species), between peoples of the earth, and about our sacred responsibilities as stewards of God’s creation, now and into the future. 

Men and women are invited to attend

Venue: The Parish Centre, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Strangways St., Curtin

When:  Wednesday evening 14 October at 7:30 pm. 

Cost:  A $5 donation would be appreciated to cover costs.

Enquiries to Margaret Ryan 6231 0664 or 0417 418 838.