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  • Global goals: a new era

    Posted by Ben

    30 September, 2015

    The nations of the world have unanimously adopted the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. This historic commitment creates a guide and framework to meet global challenges of poverty, inequality, violence and environmental sustainability through to the year 2030. With seventeen goals and 169 targets the global goals are, as you’d imagine, more complex than the eight Millennium Development Goals they replace. Some of them, too, are more aspirational than measurable – visions of a better world more than a specific target to be achieved. This is both the strength and weakness of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Millennium Development Goals catalysed renewed investment in aid spending and helped the world focus on some of the worst aspects of extreme poverty – the early and preventable deaths of children, the deaths of women in pregnancy and childbirth, the scourges of hunger and poor education, for example. The new global goals seek to address bigger issues around human development. They are a moral call and a vision for a world… read more

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  • Hope for Creation Sunday

    Posted by Ben

    6 August, 2014

    Will you host a Hope for Creation Sunday on 7 September this year? Psalm 148 reminds us that all of creation participates in worship of God, just by its very existence. Every creature – from the mundane to the magnificent – praises God simply by the beauty and wonder of being. Praise the LORD from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command! Mountains and all hills, Fruit trees and all cedars! Wild animals and all cattle, Creeping things and flying birds!” Psalm 148:7–10 This, alone, should be more than enough reason to join together our worship and praise with that of Creation. It's a good reason to set aside one day to remember and celebrate God’s gifts in creation, and to pray in hope for all of God’s creatures – human and otherwise – which bear painful burdens of sin and damage, often as the result of the actions of others. There is, also, a profound and urgent need to recapture a vision of loving God that involves cherishing and… read more

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  • Having Hope for Creation

    Posted by Ben

    4 August, 2014

    Australian Christians face two problems or challenges about climate change. The first is that of climate change itself. The second is that of the conversation about climate change. The first is a problem we share with the world, though the impacts are not borne equally by all. Extreme weather events, stresses on water and food supplies, changing ranges and behaviours of pests and diseases, direct and indirect health impacts, will be the lived reality of a disrupted climate for generations to come. Most of these impacts are already affecting the vulnerable poor – despite them having contributed little or nothing to causing the problem. The graph, using data from the US National Climatic Data Center, shows the rising temperature trend from 1880 when records began, until today. Any year that was colder overall than the 20th Century average is represented by a blue bar below the line showing how much colder than the 20th Century average that year was. Any year that was hotter than the 20th Century average is represented by a red bar showing… read more

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  • My Budget Rules (2014 Season)

    Posted by Ben

    13 May, 2014

    It's the second Tuesday in May, which can mean only one thing: tonight is budget night. The economy's night of nights. Treasurer Joe Hockey's time on centre stage. By now (as with every other budget I can remember), endless budget meetings have been held inside government, stories about budget plans have been planted, numbers leaked, and rumours of cuts and spending have been endlessly speculated about. But tonight all that ends when the budget is handed down. How will we at Micah Challenge judge the Abbott Government's first budget? First, when it comes to aid, we'll be assessing the budget on how well the programs and country focus are able to demonstrate impact in reducing poverty. We agree that Australian aid is an investment in regional and global security and prosperity. However, the returns on that investment can't be measured in dollar terms alone. For just 1.3% of the Federal Budget, Australian aid contributes to a lot of good in the world. Focus on aid-for-trade or economic growth doesn't automatically translate into… read more

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