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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Environmental Defenders Office Seminar on Biodiversity Law - Melbourne

Biodiversity law update

2010 is the United Nations International Year of Biodiversity.

In Australia, laws intended to protect and conserve biodiversity are under review at both the Commonwealth and State level.

On Tuesday 2 March you are invited to hear a critical overview of these developments, and an analysis of what the future is likely to hold, from the EDO lawyers working on these issues.

Topics will include:
· the Hawke review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
· the Victorian government’s Land and Biodiversity White Paper and its recommendations for legislative reform
· the Victorian Auditor General's report on the Administration of the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988
· the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission’s review of environmental regulation
· the Bushfire Royal Commission’s examination of planning laws, native vegetation clearing controls and public land management.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: EDO Victoria office, (03) 8341 3100 or

Tuesday 2 March 2010, 5.45 for 6pm start
60L Green Building, Carlton

There is no charge for this event however donations to support our work are much appreciated. Visit to make a secure online tax-deductible donation.

Visit our website for further details (PDF, 330KB)

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Important Lessons from the Bible

Why Jesus came:
"that the world might be saved through him"
John 3:17

Who Jesus is going to use to save the world:
"For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God."
Romans 8:19

Our role on earth:
"The LORD God put the man in the Garden of Eden to take care of it and to look after it."
Genesis 2:15

The Five Pillars of A Christian Theology of Sustainability

1. God is the creator, sustainer and redeemer of creation.

2. Covenantal Stewardship (we have a covenant with God as stewards of the earth).

3. The creation-fall-redemption paradigm (God made a good world; human failure broke the relationships between god, man and creation; Christ provides hope for all creation).

4.Bodily resurrection(we will rise with bodies, not as spirits)

5.New Creation (a new Heaven and new Earth refers to a renewal and an earthing of heaven, not starting over).

Adapted from When Enough is Enough: A Christian Framework for Environmental Sustainability, Edited by R.J. Berry, Published by Inter-Varsity Press, 2007, Nottingham p43+