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SCCE launches their National Community Directory

Southern Cross Community Enterprises (SCCE) is a registered and endorsed, values and outcome driven charity, that has created the SCCE COMMUNITY DIRECTORY as a free community resource and service for the Not for Profit and Community Sectors in Australia.

This Community Directory is now 100% integrated with the SCCE COMMUNITY LOTTERIES, providing a simple, free, and effective fundraising option for your Organisation.

•    Update, edit, and manage your SCCE Community Directory Profile;
•    Utilise this online resource, and integrate it into your existing website and networks, to promote your cause and raise funds;
•    Directly receive a minimum 20% of every ticket sold where your Organisation is nominated as the Players Charity;
•    Be eligible to receive the Winners Charity Donation, which can currently be up to $10 000 in each draw;
•    SCCE Community Lotteries provides a complete fund raising option that requires no ticket books, no administration costs, and no management headaches.

1.    Visit
2.    Login using your Username and Update or edit your profile;
3.    Copy your SCCE PROFILE URL, simple text link, or the SCCE BADGE URL, for an image link.
4.    Provide these links on your WEBSITE, in your NEWSLETTERS, and through your SOCIAL NETWORKS.
5.    Encourage your supporters to purchase tickets and help raise money for your cause;
6.    Funds raised by SCCE will be delivered to your Organisation within 7 days of a draw closing by Cheque or Direct Deposit. Please visit our Terms and Conditions for details.

Questions or comments?  Please contact:

This facility is a worlds first innovation, providing a transparent and effective way to create a national pool of funding that can be delivered and targeted directly where it is needed through the Not For Profit and Community sector.
•    100% Australian Innovation;
•    100% managed and controlled within Australia;
•    100% of proceeds generated delivered to Australian Organisations and Communities.
SCCE will continue to develop and invest in creating resources, services, online infrastructure and opportunities that are locally owned and managed for the benefit of Australian Communities.
Everyone at SCCE wishes to welcome you to our facility, and thank you for the important work that you do.

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Pacific Calling Campaign – Report of Activities 2010

The Pacific Calling Partnership (PCP) strives to listen to and be accountable to voices from the Pacific and Torres Strait islands in their quest to raise awareness about the impacts on them, due to high greenhouse gas emissions from industrialised countries.

The PCP aims to build a consensus that drives support for Australia, in partnership with  their neighbours, to recognise and build on the civil, cultural, economic and environmental resilience of all countries within the Pacific region. In this way they can work towards building a positive, communitarian and sustainable response based on Human Rights to the increased water, food, fuel and land stresses that are predicted under present circumstances and future climate change scenarios.

The work of the Pacific Calling Partnership (PCP) like all the work of Edmund Rice Centre is based on the Earth Charter.

Find here the 2010 Report of Activities.

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Report of Actions 2010 – EC Australia

Find here the report of activities for 2010, submitted by Clem Campbell, Chairman of Earth Charter Australia Committee.

Earth Charter +10 celebration:
As one of the world wide celebrations for the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Earth Charter, the Australia Pacific Earth Charter +10 festival was held in Brisbane from 16th to 19th September 2010. A planning committee was established with the UNAA (Qld) as a partner and their office was used for the Festival Planning Committee meetings.

The Festival was a great success with the attendance of Mirian Vilela, Executive Director, Earth Charter International, Professor Brendan Mackey, Council Member Earth Charter International and sponsored delegates from Pacific Island Nations. The Festival included the Day of Inspiration, held at St John’s Cathedral, three streams conducted on the Day of Action, and a Day of Celebration conducted at Musgrave Park, South Brisbane in partnership with the International Day of Peace Alliance.

The Education stream – Seeds of Change – was recognized as a signature event of the State Government, Department of Education and Training (YES) Year of Environmental Sustainability for all Queensland Schools.

Well over 20 Government and Community organisations were involved in the planning and sponsorship of the Festival events and special thanks goes to all those organisations and individuals who so generously volunteered to make the festival a success.

Web site:
The website continues to be an important tool for the committee to continue the public awareness and promotion of the Earth Charter initiative and the promotion and organization for the Earth Charter +10 Festival. With the help of volunteer student web designers a new website was designed for the festival promotion. The reconstruction of the website for 2011 will be a major undertaking for the committee

Activities of Earth Charter Australia included:

  • Louise Erbacher is continuing to support the Brink expedition
  • HOPE Toowoomba – continue mutual support to promote the Earth Charter values
  • Supported Earth Charter activities in Gympie, UNAA(Qld), Global Learning Centre, Environment day and Friends of South East Queensland and Earthlink organisations

The financial support for the Festival was exceptional and with all the labour and management provided on a volunteer basis, this resulted in a surplus of over $10,000 for the continued ongoing operations of the Earth Charter initiative in Australia.

I would especially like to thank Griffith University and Delwyn Langdon and Rhiannon Chamberlain of the EcoCentre for their continued support, Virginia Balmain, President UNAA (Qld) for accepting Earth Charter Australia as a sub-committee of UNAA(Qld), executive committee members Noel Preston for his guidance and friendship, Suzanne and Peter Davies for their continued commitment and hard work, Louise Erbacher for  her tireless work and enthusiasm as secretary, Georgina Greenhill for her creative inspiration and commitment and Donnell Davis for their continued commitment to the earth Charter Initiative and to all members of Earth Charter Australia for their support and commitment to a just sustainable and peaceful global society through the Earth Charter initiative.

The Future:
Our major commitments for the year are:

  • Development of the website
  • In partnership with the Mercy Sisters, funding the translation of the Earth Charter into the Samoan and Tuvaluan languages
  • Donation to Earth Charter International
  • Support Open Harts CD production and education project
  • Participate in Greenearth Day and World Environment Day with associated NGO’s.
  • Promote the Earth Charter for adoption at the Rio + 20 Summit

 My best wishes to you all for a happy and peaceful 2011 and beyond.

 Through the Earth Charter may we truly become a just sustainable and secure world.

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Earth Charter provides the template for 5th annual Youth Peace Parliament in Australia

16. Promote a culture of tolerance, nonviolence, and peace.

Thank you Annette Brownlie, CoConvenor Just Peace, Vice President International Day of Peace Alliance, for providing this information.

Just Peace as a member organisation of the International Day of Peace Alliance in Brisbane, Australia organized the 5th Youth Peace Parliament (YPP). They organized a workshop on August 14 and the Parliament on September 20 and 21, 2010. The 5th YPP gathered at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

Prior to the event, a team of young people from University of Queensland, under the leadership of Heather Millhouse, functioned as an organising team board, providing fresh ideas and wonderful group dynamics skills to put the event together.

The organizers came to a conclusion that the international celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of the Earth Charter provided them with a wonderful template to develop Inquiries which all related to the pursuit of a Just, Sustainable and Peaceful future. Therefore the discussion groups were divided under the following topics, which are the 4 main pillars of the Earth Charter: Respect and Care for the Community of Life, Ecological Integrity, Peace, Non-Violence and Democracy and Social and Economic Justice. Students were able to follow their selected area of interest and in their working groups they entered into the discussions very well.

The organizers state that this 5th Youth Peace Parliament succeeded beyond expectation! High school students from over 20 Queensland Schools were forming committees to tackle the big issues of the day using collaborative and consensus process. Students used the Earth Charter principles as a tool to look to future security environmentally, ethically and peacefully.

As a result of the gathering the International Day of Peace 2010 Youth Peace Parliament declares need for Australian military forces to concentrate on defending the nation.

Well done young leaders of today and into the future!

Read the whole report here.



    The most important facet of this group’s work is seen to be in making community awareness of the plight of refugees – in particular, “the boat people”. They felt that the current methods of detaining people were abhorrent and wide changes should be made. They referred to fencing in of women and children, excessive actions by guards and general removal from community life. They acknowledge difficulties associated with screening procedures in Australia. It would be a better system to concentrate on neighboring countries to be involved in the screening process and to involve resident groups in caring for refugees.
    This group felt strongly that a carbon emissions tax be implemented very quickly. Decentralization of food production was seen to be important. As well, reference was made to sustainable farming, transport tariffs, public transport, foreign aid, action plans for individual communities, education in schools, climate safe buildings, establishment of bush reserves
    and the banning of plastic bags and the
    closing of cities for one day. One
    member of the group said that a vegan
    in a hummer uses more energy than an
    omnivore riding a bike.
    This group had three major elements in their plan.
    a. To remove the power of the declaration of war from the cabinet to be replaced by a majority conscience vote by both houses of federal parliament with the inclusion of mandatory public forums on the issue.
    b. Aims to limit the ownership of media publications by a single corporation or corporations working in tandem to a certain percentage of the media sector.
    c. Implement a more defensive stance of Australian military forces, thus enabling the redistribution of Defence spending into in to alternative avenues such as humanitarian aid assistance operations.
    The policies put forward by this group concentrated on the state of mental health care. Of prime importance is the appointment of a Minister for Mental Health who oversees a department established to oversee the care of patients and their families. A mental health program should be offered in all schools. A centralised point of contact for care and support needs to be established. Community-based non-government organisations should have access to national financial support.

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An innovative way to raise funds with lottery

Cause U Effect!!

Southern Cross Community Enterprises is a values and outcome driven non profit enterprise that has created a revolutionary world’s first online community lottery, non profit network, and community enterprise facility for the benefit of Australian communities.

Their unique Winners Charity Choice Raffles allows players to win cash and prizes, and make donations to the charity of their choice.

The idea is to allow individuals to express and exchange their values and ideas, and help to build respect, empathy and understanding between people.

SCCE has adopted the Earth Charter as their constitutional charter and ethical code of practice.  For Chris Ross, Founder and Trustee of SCCE, it is their intention to promote and encourage this document in the processes and programs they support.

They are planning to specifically funding and supporting projects that involve youth, conservation and environment, cultural exchange, and innovative community enterprise initiatives.

This will include an online community enterprise market where non profit community groups can develop and sell merchandise online.

SCCE is just starting; therefore their range of activities is limited to Australia.  Nonetheless, they would like to work with organisations throughout the world to share their vision and create a global community enterprise network that supports free, ethical, and sustainable exchange of trade, friendship, and ideas. 

Read here an short explanation of how to participate.

For more information please contact:

Southern Cross Community Enterprises
ABN: 25 107 769 422
26 Bay View Drive
Tathra NSW 2550
PH: 0264941085

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Earth Charter, Climate Change and Ethics – Interview with Brendan Mackey

See this new interview which presents very interesting insights on the current climate change crisis and the negotiations going on.

Here Prof. Mackey addresses the following questions:

Part 1

    1.  As a participant of COP15 what do you think of the outcomes of this conference? (minutes 0 to 1.27)
    2. To what extend is climate change an ethical problem? (minutes 1:27 to 5:33)
    3. What are greenhouse gas entitlements? (minutes 5:33 to 7:55)

Part 2
     How could the Earth Charter be useful in addressing the challenges of climate change?

Prof. Brendan Mackey has a PhD in tropical forest ecology, and is a professor of environmental science at the Australian National University; he is also member of the Earth Charter International Council and of IUCN Council. He is the Chair of IUCN Task Force on Climate Change. He is a respected scholar on environmental biogeography, conservation science and cross-disciplinary studies in sustainability.

He has been focusing recently on the ethical dimensions of climate change issues; this led him to actively participate at the past COP15 negotiations in Copenhagen to strengthen the ethical dimensions of the negotiating text. 

You can see this and other Earth Charter videos at EC International You Tube Channel.

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New EC videos

ECI wants to draw your attention to the following videos recorded during the Parliament of the World’s Religions held in Melbourne, Australia in December, 2009:

Brendan Mackey (Professor at the Australia National University and ECI Council member)
on the Earth Charter, EC+10 and beyond

Mary Evelyn Tucker (from the Forum on Religion and Ecology and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and ECI Council member) on the Earth Charter and Global Ethics

Mary Evelyn Tucker on Non-Violence and the Earth Charter

Michael Slaby (Earth Charter Programme Coordinator of the Soetendorp Institute) on the Earth Charter Initiative

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Report on the Parliament of the World's Religions

From December 3 to 9, 2009, around 6.000 people from 220 different faiths and all corners of the world celebrated the Parliament of the World’s Religions  (PWR) 2009 in Melbourne, Australia. The Earth Charter Task Force on Religion, Spirituality, and Ethics participated in the celebrations organized two panel events on the Earth Charter that were attended by around 50 and 150 participants respectively.

You can read a more detailed report on these panels here.

One of the outcomes of the PWR was a call to the assembled leaders attending COP15 in Copenhagen. This was drafted by Earth Charter supporter Bishop Geof Davies.  Read here the full text of this call.

To see videos, photos and news releases on PWR check these links:

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