An estimated 1.5 million people welcomed in 2010 around Sydney harbour, in what organisers call the biggest New Year's Eve show in the world - but one where great efforts had been made to emphasise green values.
On the 60th anniversary of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, international peace and green groups are unveiling an ambitious new proposal to highlight governments that abuse human rights - a Global Human Rights Index.
The Vatican sought to up its green credentials this week by switching on its massive electricity generating solar panels on the Pope Paul VI Hall. The development is one of a series of intended environmental initiatives.
As the scale of the global credit, climate and oil shocks becomes clearer, support for a radical 'Green New Deal' is growing, political economist Ann Pettifor and analyst Andrew Simms told a meeting in parliament last night.
What can churches and religious bodies do that ecological groups are not doing? Can they engage on the issue without merely replicating what is happening in secular society? These are questions global Lutherans have been asking.