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Inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities

31 May 2016
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Urbanization has been a remarkable phenomenon over the last few decades affecting millions of people and where problems emerge due to the rapid growth of population and its concentration in urban slum areas with high levels of congestion.  This situation carries additional economic, social, and environmental costs and sustains the persistent poverty and inequality. According to the World Migration Report 2015  by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), three million people migrate each week to urban areas, contributing greatly to the world’s urbanization.  The 2014 revision of the World Urbanization Prospects  by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs notes that “54 per cent percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66 per cent by 2050.  Projections show that urbanization combined with the overall growth of the world’s population could add another 2.5 billion people to urban populations by 2050, with close to 90 per cent of the increase concentrated in Asia and Africa.” Following through from the Millennium Development Goals that finished in June 2015, one of the 17 global goals of the new Sustainable Development Agenda, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11, aims “to make cities inclusive, safe,
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Signing the Paris Agreement and understanding Earth as our Mother on Earth Day

30 April 2016

Catherine Devitt Earth Day, celebrated 22 April, is the annual event which brings together millions of people from around the globe to express support for environmental protection.  Earth Day 2016 marks the 46th anniversary of the first Earth Day which is often credited as playing a fundamental role in launching the modern environmental movement. More recently, the concept has been expanded to become International Mother Earth Day, based on the simple yet profound recognition of the interconnectedness between all species on Earth and with the Earth itself, and the need for humanity to live in greater harmony with the natural environment. World leaders gathered in New York on the same day to sign the Paris Agreement – the framework put forward by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change for dealing with climate change mitigation and adaptation. Although the Paris Agreement reflects international political consensus on the need to tackle climate change and is ambitious in its aims to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels, strong political and public will is urgently required to translate this ambition into reality.  Challenging decisions lay ahead, especially when we consider the growing body of scientific evidence which points clearly
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Promoting spirituality as a sustainable action

José Eizaguirre, in an interview by Paula Sendín Ecojesuit shares a brief interview of José Eizaguirre abou his recent book Todo confluye: Espíritu y espiritualidad en los movimientos altermundistas (Everything comes together: Spirit and spirituality in alternative lifestyles).  He spoke with Paula Sendín about his thoughts on people’s search for simpler lifestyles, seeking the...

“Las sequías plantean la amenaza más generalizada en la región de Asia Pacífico.  La escasez de agua en las economías lluvia sensible podría desencadenar condiciones de desestabilización, como la crisis energética, la migración humana y animal, la escasez de alimentos, y los incendios forestales - que conduce a conflictos y la vulnerabilidad regional.” (Del informe “El Niño: Potential Asia Pacific Impacts” de la Administración Nacional Oceánica y Atmosférica, Octubre 2015)

Responding to the cracks in the planet

Mark Raper, SJ Ecojesuit is happy to share the Earth Day message of Mark Raper, SJ, President of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP) on 22 April 2016, originally published in JCAP eNews. There are “the cracks in the planet”.  As we mark Earth Day today, I am reminded of the startlingly fresh...

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A call to share transformed lifestyles for action

Jesuits and work colleagues in the Asia Pacific region are gathering at the Culture...