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Urgency of the urgent

31 August 2018
Members of the indigenous Ifugao community share with the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines their testimonies on the impact of changing weather patterns on their planting and harvesting times, part of the National Inquiry on Climate Change that the Commission is undertaking. Photo credit: JC Yokingco

Dr. Pedro Walpole Seemingly forgotten public documents and scientific studies are revealing the extent of the fossil fuel industry’s research on climate change as early as the late 1950s along with the warnings from the industry’s scientists, but these were taken over by the cover-ups and misinformation that followed during the 1970s and 1980s....
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Connecting and building bridges for justice and action in the Amazonia: Servicio Jesuita a la Panamazonía

31 July 2018
While its central role in promoting and sustaining life around the world is recognized, the Amazon region’s vastness and tremendous resources also attract the construction of megaprojects, massive deforestation, extraction of natural resources, and the search for oil and gas, with huge impact on its forests and rivers, its biodiversity, and its communities and cultures. Photo credit: jesuitas.lat

The Amazon region, with an area of 550 million hectares, hosts the world’s largest tropical rainforest, the world’s second longest river and its largest with more than 20% of the entire planet’s flowing water, around 400 unique cultures and communities, and a third of all known terrestrial plant, animal, and insect species.  Along with...
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Strengthening engaged scholarship for environmental and social justice (Part 2)

15 July 2018
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Chad Raphael, Christopher Bacon, and Iris Stewart-Frey of the Environmental Justice Collaborative, Santa Clara University This is a continuation of the previous Ecojesuit article that shared the first four of eight strategies in strengthening an engaged scholarship for environmental and social justice that the Environmental Justice Collaborative at Santa Clara University identified. The Environmental Justice Collaborative...
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Strengthening engaged scholarship for environmental and social justice (Part 1)

30 June 2018
Strengthening engaged scholarship for environmental and social justice (Part 1)

Chad Raphael, Christopher Bacon, and Iris Stewart-Frey of the Environmental Justice Collaborative, Santa Clara University In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis reminds us that “… a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth...
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Not a roadmap but a trail: Environmental reconciliation with the commons

15 June 2018
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Ecojesuit shares the presentation of Pedro Walpole SJ, Ecojesuit Global Coordinator at the Bannan Memorial Lecture Series 2016-2018 organized by The Bannan Institute-Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education in Santa Clara University, 21 February 2018.1 I begin with the challenge we face in finding new ways to change the stranglehold that economic interests have on the...
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Divestment: Investing in Creation – Video

15 May 2018
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Divestment : Investing in Creation from Andres Ignacio on Vimeo. Movements to divest from fossil fuel investments in different parts of the world is gaining momentum.  With 70 percent of the carbon driving climate change coming from the use of fossil fuels globally and sustained by 90 corporate and state entities.  These carbon majors...
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Calling for change through a renewed vision and a “holy anger”: Father General’s address to GIAN and social apostolate coordinators

30 April 2018
To bring change, we need a kind of passion, a ‘holy anger’…a passion that cries ‘enough.’ We need a passion that mobilises people of faith and all people of goodwill to work together for change”…and… “I see here people at this table who have great experience in all these areas. Please use that expertise to bring people to freedom. Use it to fight for justice.”" width="600" height="280" /> “To bring change, we need a kind of passion, a ‘holy anger’…a passion that cries ‘enough.’ We need a passion that mobilises people of faith and all people of goodwill to work together for change”…and… “I see here people at this table who have great experience in all these areas. Please use that expertise to bring people to freedom. Use it to fight for justice.

  In a meeting for discernment and apostolic planning, Father General Arturo Sosa SJ reminded leaders of the Global Ignatian Advocacy Networks (GIAN) and Social Apostolate Coordinators who met in Rome from 23 to 27 April 2018 of the need for “a renewed vision of the deep link between social justice, care for the...
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Recommendations in healing a broken world

24 April 2018
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Ecojesuit, as a network of apostolic works across the six Jesuit Conferences is reviewing its purpose, commitments and collaboration, its governance, coordination and communication. In the light of the Jesuit call for clear Universal Apostolic Priorities, a good starting point for review are the Recommendations originally presented in 2011 in a Special Report on...
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Living Laudato Si’: A Spirituality for Action Workshop

31 January 2018
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The Reconciliation with Creation program of the Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific (JCAP) is organizing a series of Living Laudato Si’ workshops in Mindanao this year to contribute to the formation of apostolic communities of practice capable of reconciling with creation.  By bringing together the experiences of Jesuits and justice, of communities of practice and...
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What happened during storm year 2017

15 January 2018
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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...
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