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31 March 2017
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Pedro Walpole, SJ Ecojesuit shares this article published in the first English edition of La Civiltà Cattolica, a magazine published continuously by the Jesuits in Rome since 1850 and originally available only in Italian.  For the first time, its 4000th edition is also in English, French, Spanish, and Korean, and was launched in January 2017. Pope Francis met the Jesuit writers for the magazine, and “shared with them the importance of poetry, art, and pioneering intellectual research (as frontiers) and defend not just Catholic ideas but must also witness to Christ in the world with a restless, imaginative, and open-ended spirit (as bridges).”  This article was initially featured in the Volume IV, 2016 issue of La Civiltà Cattolica with the title “I lineamenti scienza della sostenibilità.” In 2020 the success or failure of the twenty-first meeting of the Commission of Parties of the United Nations (COP21 Paris) will be remembered as it gave the responsibility to each nation to go home and review commitments.1  Over 110 countries signed up to the Nationally Determined Contributions scheme.2  The year 2015 was also notable for a retake on human needs and action to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) released in New York.3
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US Jesuits call Dakota Access Pipeline decision “morally unacceptable”

28 February 2017
“Aquí se encuentra un importante punto de discordia entre la reserva y las empresas de gasoductos.  Los Pueblos Indígenas tienen una gran reverencia por la tierra y el agua.  Ellos saben que una calidad de vida razonable es imposible sin agua limpia y tierra apropiadamente manejada.  Los mismos Pueblos Indígenas han sido testigos de la destrucción que la industria del petróleo y el gas ha hecho desde que se perforaron los primeros pozos." (De "Un Informe Especial sobre el Oleoducto Dakota Access en Standing Rock", The Millennium Report, 29 de octubre de 2016). Foto de: themillenniumreport.com

The US and Canada Provinces of the Society of Jesus wish to share with Ecojesuit their recent commentary on the decision by the US Army Corps of Engineers  to grant the final easement allowing the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)  to be built under the Missouri River in North Dakota, USA, and doing away with the environmental review process that was initiated in the previous administration. This is their statement titled US Jesuits, Red Cloud Indian School and St. Francis Mission Call Dakota Access Pipeline Decision “Morally Unacceptable”: “The Jesuits of the US, together with the Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation and Saint Francis Mission on the Rosebud Reservation, are deeply concerned by the recent decision of the US Army Corps of Engineers concerning the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).  The decision to issue an easement allowing the pipeline to cross under the Missouri River north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation is a direct response to President Trump’s 24 January memorandum urging the Army Corps to expedite the review and approval process. “Suspending the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process previously ordered by the Obama Administration, which would have determined the safety, environmental and climate impacts of the
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Reflections

En mayo de 2016, se informó de que cinco islas de arrecife en las Islas Salomón en el suroeste del Pacífico desaparecieron, y otras seis experimentaron severas costas de retroceso, debido al aumento del nivel del mar.  Esto surgió de un estudio australiano que analizó la dinámica costera de del aumento del nivel del mar por Simon Albert, et al (http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/11/5/054011), que utilizó imágenes cronometradas aéreas y satelitales de las 33 islas de 1947 a 2014, junto con el conocimiento histórico y el conocimiento local.. Foto de: un.org

A soul-sized challenge in turning our consciousness and actions 180 degrees

John Surette, SJ Ecojesuit shares this timely piece from the National Catholic Reporter, as John Surette, SJ urgently reminds us of the soul-sized challenge in turning our consciousness and actions 180 degrees to respond to the climate disruption that humanity faces this century. In biblical times, repentance manifested itself in external signs such as...

A view of the Earth at night as seen from space, revealing city lights, gas flares, wildfires and other nighttime lights. Image was captured in April and October 2012 by a sensor aboard NOAA’s Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership Satellite. Photo credit:blog.education.nationalgeographic.com.

A Lenten prayer guide for protectors of Mother Earth

Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas’ Institute Justice Team Traditionally, Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  It is a journey of faith, preparing us for Holy Week and Easter.  It lasts 40 days, recalling Israel’s 40 years in the wilderness and Jesus’ 40...

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