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Humanity’s challenge: To work within the safe operating space of planetary and landscape boundaries

June 15, 2014
Humanity’s challenge: To work within the safe operating space of planetary and landscape boundaries

Andreas Carlgren This is what we humans face as the huge challenge for our common future: If we keep Earth within the safe operating space of planetary boundaries, and we work with and integrate within the boundaries of its landscapes, humanity and the world can thrive. But if we transgress these scientifically drawn boundaries, we will put ourselves in a danger zone, where even minor actions can trigger catastrophic outcomes. The scientists Will Steffen, Paul J Crutzen, and John R McNeill share the dimensions of this challenge of the Anthropocene, illustrating to us that we are now “in the physics of a 3-6-9 world.” Number 3 is because of climate change and the Earth is moving towards a global temperature of 3 degrees Celsius, a global warming that the planet never experienced over the last 25 million years. Number 6 is because we are in the midst of the 6th mass extinction of species in the world, recalling that one of the six former mass extinctions was when the dinosaurs disappeared from the planet 65 million years ago. And finally, Number 9 is because humanity is heading very fast towards a global population of 9 billion people by 2050. The
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Exploring possibilities to collaborate and network for disaster risk reduction

May 15, 2014
Exploring possibilities to collaborate and network for disaster risk reduction

Pedro Walpole, SJ In a recent consultation to explore possibilities for collaboration and networking on disaster risk reduction (DRR) efforts, organized as a colloquium of the Society of Jesus Social Apostolate (SJSA), the reports from the various Jesuit institutions in the Philippine Province show a tremendous and impressive array of responses that allow us get together, act and collaborate more broadly within and outside Jesuit institutions, and move beyond the traditional social apostolate. Universities, research organizations, and social service groups shared initiatives and ongoing efforts in responding to and acting on the social and environmental concerns in post-disaster situations. There are also responses that focus on preparedness and pre-disaster situations or the period I refer to as “ordinary time” as part of the proposed phases of a DRR protocol for Jesuit institutions. Throughout the country, people are doing many things and Jesuit institutions are collaborating in river basin mapping, hourly stream monitoring for flood early warning, preparing rainfall, drought, and weather bulletins, exposure and vulnerability mapping, organizing DRR teams and humanitarian and emergency response teams, participating in broader national and local government DRR response efforts through the Philippine Working Group on disaster risk resilience, contributing to reconstruction of schools and
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Reflections

A Lebanese exception: The Tanaïl domain and the challenge of managing a temporal good

A Lebanese exception: The Tanaïl domain and the challenge of managing a temporal good

arcenciel As you wind down Mount Lebanon towards Chtaura, the Bekaa valley unveils. The heterogeneous pattern of fertile fields and anarchic urbanisation is a reminder that Lebanon inherits its identity as much from millennial traditions as from the development dynamics of past decades. Very few trees break the monotony of this over exploited land....

Communities and hope: Easter in Valladolid

Communities and hope: Easter in Valladolid

José Ignacio García Returning to Las Cortas de Blas in Valladolid, Spain is always a joyful and pleasant experience and where we are welcomed in the house of Pady Miranda, a good friend. Pady’s house is located within the Torozos Mountains of Tierra de Campos in Castilla, now fully covered by a cereal crop....

News and Programs

Understanding the impact of mining in La Nueva Esperanza, Honduras

Kirsti Tasala Honduras in Central America is a country of rich history, breathtaking geography,...

Post-disaster relocation considerations in Culion, Palawan, Philippines: A landscape and seascape of beauty, poverty, and livelihood and water insecurity

Established formally as a municipality in 1992, Culion in northern Palawan, Philippines is a...

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