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What happened during storm year 2017

15 January 2018
Photo from Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippines.

Storms and typhoons in the Philippines during 2017 went without massive disruption this year until 11 December when Tropical Storm Urduja (international Kai-tak) struck, followed by Typhoon Vinta (Tembin) and Tropical Storm Agaton (Bolaven) in the first days of 2018. These storms came slow and heavy with rain, along a more westbound path (not immediately turning north) and on a more southerly trend, as is expected late in the season. Vinta hit hardest the Mindanao provinces of Lanao del Norte and Zamboanga del Norte resulting in landslides and flooding, with over 260 deaths and much displacement in six provinces in Mindanao and two in Luzon. The third hardest-hit province in Mindanao was Lanao del Sur, where the existing catastrophe of a war just ended in Marawi City and which was subjected to 136 days of the bloodiest war in the Philippines since World War II.  Thus, even before the rains of Vinta hit Marawi, there were already 200,000 people trying to resettle in a city reduced to rubble. There were 34 storms recorded for the Pacific with 22 tropical storms entering the Philippine area of responsibility, six of which developed into typhoons hitting the Philippines. As of the present, there
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United climate action for the common home: A statement from Ecojesuit in Bonn COP23

30 November 2017
El equipo de Ecojesuit en Bonn, noviembre de 2017, aprendiendo del proceso global de la COP23.

Ecojesuit, an ecology network of Jesuits and partners from around the world, joined other organizations at COP23 to learn from the global process that is responding to the challenges of climate change and its impact on people and the planet, share experiences, communicate urgent concerns from the local to the global, and take greater collaborative action. COP23 put small islands on the world map, some of which are disappearing and increasing people’s vulnerability, and gave vital importance to shifting to a low global emission economy. We affirm the urgency to implement and increase the contribution to the Green Climate Fund, given the necessary focus on small island developing states (SIDS). The human tragedies faced by local people losing land and livelihood is already happening. We affirm the need to meet the more ambitious challenge of 1.5 degrees Celsius. We seek more united action and communication through better collaboration in: Implementing programs and protocols for disaster risk reduction and supporting SIDS and other communities throughout the world already suffering from massive floods and droughts as a result of climate change Shifting from fossil fuels and destructive extraction industries that degrade both the environment and human rights, most often experienced by Indigenous
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On their way to COP23, leaders from the Pacific island states met with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Photo credit:

Reaffirming the urgent call to renew dialogue on building our planet’s future

Ecojesuit shares the letter of Pope Francis to Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama  who officially hosted the UNFCCC COP23 in Bonn, Germany from 6 to 17 November. Excellency, Nearly two years ago, the international community gathered within this UNFCCC forum, with most of its highest government representatives, and after a long and complex debate...

Bicicletas para ir y volver en el recinto de la COP23 en Bonn. Foto de: S. Miclat

A reflection in Bonn during COP23: What change in lifestyle demands

Pedro Walpole The Ecojesuit team gathered in Bonn to take part in a global process that is reckoning with climate action.  During one of our sessions, Pedro shared reflections on Fr Arturo Sosa’s letters where we need to discern priorities and changes needed, in the global and local, and also changes in ourselves, in...

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