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Recent Events - Hungry for Justice, Thirsty for Change

Caritas State of the Environment Report for Oceania 2016

Recent Events - Hungry for Justice, Thirsty for Change

The latest State of the Environment Report for Oceania was produced in collaboration with Caritas Australia, Caritas Tonga and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand. The report has found widespread hunger and thirst across the Pacific in 2015/2016. The report also shows that extreme weather events, combined with ongoing climatic changes, are contributing to a severe loss of food and water supplies in the region.

The report documents the effect that El Niño weather pattern that brought widespread drought to Oceania. Children eating tough cassava roots softened with paracetamol in Fiji, and people in Papua New Guinea walking days to get food and water. It is estimated that the drought caused food and water shortages for around 4.7 million people.

The report follows five key environmental issues that are affecting people in Oceania:

  • Food and water
  • Coastal erosion and sea level rise
  • Offshore mining and drilling
  • Impact of extreme weather
  • Climate finance

For resources and more information visit the Caritas website

Or Download the following papers:

Hungry for Justice Report

Climate Finance Fact Sheet

Food an Water Fact Sheet

Rising Sea Levels Fact Sheet

 

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