About Us

A TALANOA SEEKING GREATER OCEAN ACTION

Our Story

With the Pacific Ocean as a climate determinant globally, rising temperatures exacerbate extreme weather events and sea level changes, destroying atolls and coastal communities. This extends to the Pacific rim of Asian countries.

 

At the forefront of these growing disasters are local and indigenous communities that struggle to adapt as they face threats to their lives and livelihood, and their sense of cultural integrity.

Large-scale overfishing, pollution and now the extraction of rare earth minerals and deep sea mining are increasingly impacting ocean states in the Pacific.

 

Due largely to its low and dispersed population, the Oceania region remains one of the world’s most neglected biogeographic realms. That neglect sits in inverse proportion to its importance in sustaining all life on Earth: a status defined by its very name and its nature. Oceania is ocean and oceans are integral life support systems for all.

 

We, Indigenous knowledge practitioners, youth groups, scientific researchers, university professors, and ecclesial bodies sense that we are at a connection point seeking life altering consequences and a responsibility to act for a sustainable climate, ocean and way of life. Through the process of storytelling and ‘talanoa’ (a local term in Fiji to describe a participatory dialogue), it is critical to listen to the stories and concerns from Oceania, and amplify the local voices of the most vulnerable in the UN Ocean Conference. The event will highlight stories from the unique bioregion of Oceania to share both the songs and the cries, and share ideas for action from a faith-based standpoint. 

 

The side event strongly echoes the Conference’s mantra “Save our Ocean, Protect our Future” through the stories that the speakers will be sharing, grounded from their own experiences from the communities they are engaging with, and their calls for serious action. The stories will also highlight how local and indigenous communities innovatively care for the oceans and its biodiversity through community-based efforts grounded on their cultural traditions and knowledge.

Our Mission and Purpose

The delegation will support each other and work to:

  • Share their local experiences living in Oceania, including best practices and respectful ways to care for oceans and marine biodiversity grounded in cultural scientific knowledge;

  • Amplify diverse faith and Indigenous voices from Oceania, including the voice of the ocean and marine species; and

  • Highlight the role of faith communities and Faith Based Organisations who are advocating that God’s gift of creation, the oceans and all life, are our responsibility to care and protect for the common good of Oceania and global solidarity.

Calm Sea

The Oceania Asia Delegation

An ecclesial delegation of First Nations leaders, youth, Catholic Church leaders, and missionaries from Oceania, Asia, North America, Africa and Europe will bring and amplify the voices of the Pacific Ocean's local and indigenous communities with the hope of entering into the dialogue from the perspective of faith.

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The Oceania Talanoa is a collaboration of Archdiocese of Port Moresby, Archdiocese of Suva, Australian Catholic University, Caritas Internationalis, Caritas Oceania, Caritas Portugal, Caritas Tonga, Civil Society Forum of Tonga, Columban Missionaries, Columban Mission Society Fiji, Congregation of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart - OLSH Oceania, Ecojesuit, Environmental Science for Social Change, Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania (FCBCO), Gweagal Cultural Connections, Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea, Jesuit Conference of South Asia, Laudato Si' Movement, Pontifical Gregorian University, River Above Asia Oceania Ecclesial Network, Society of Divine Word Missionaries, Vatican Covid-19 Commission, and Yarra Theological Union of the University of Divinity.