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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...
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Indigenous communities and international development cooperation at COP23

15 November 2017
Placing dialogue, planning, and meaningful consultation with communities about proposals affecting their land and natural resources at the center.

Cecilia Calvo and Pedro Landa In the opening days of the COP23-Fiji in Bonn, we listened to many challenges facing our common home and contributing to climate change, including the destructive impacts of an economy of exclusion.  The destruction of the Amazon which Pope Francis has called the ‘richly biodiverse lungs of our planet,’ the...
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Engaging with a global process towards a new and universal solidarity: An Ecojesuit gathering at COP23-Fiji in Bonn

31 October 2017
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Ecojesuit gathers 30 Jesuits and partners in Bonn, Germany from 6 to 17 November to actively participate, join, engage with, and learn from a global process that is trying to sustain with the nations of the world the commitments of the Paris Agreement, the first global pact to respond to global warming. This global...
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Ecojesuit: Global Jesuit collaboration and action on environment as relationship

15 October 2017
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Jesuit responses to a rapidly changing world, environmental concerns, poverty, and violence are challenging its worldwide ministries.  There clearly is a need to initiate new processes for broader engagement by Jesuits in the larger transformation that Pope Francis seeks in caring for creation in Laudato Si’.  As the message of GC 36 and the...
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Bringing about change through human development, religion, and the community’s hope

30 June 2017
Laudato Si’ is the core of many discussions during the 2017 World Church and Mission annual conference in Würzburg, Germany, and how care for our common home is integrated in development policies so that better policies lead to better projects. Photo credit: P Walpole

Pedro Walpole, SJ People living at the margins of the world share a hope that sustains their communities despite the complexities of today’s world, which generally exclude them and many others who are economically poor.  This hope is a powerful motivating force that often comes from a shared faith and enables marginalized communities to...
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Australian Jesuits divest from fossil fuels, support Flights for Forests for World Environment Day 2017

31 May 2017
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Brian F McCoy, SJ I have in the Province Office a few dot paintings.  One of them is by an Aboriginal artist who was instrumental in bringing the Walmajarri people back to their ancestral land I 1979, after a cattle station was established on it in the early twentieth century. His painting is a...
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Italian Jesuits join largest Catholic divestment from fossil fuels

15 May 2017
Photo from Ignatian Solidarity Network

Ecojesuit shares this recent press release on the largest joint action of Catholic groups so far to divest from coal, oil, and gas investments, of which the Italian Jesuits was part.  Gianfranco Matarazzo, SJ, Provincial Father of the Italian Jesuits said: “I express the adhesion of the Italian province of the Society of Jesus...
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Features of a sustainability science

31 March 2017
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Pedro Walpole, SJ Ecojesuit shares this article that was published in 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...
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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...
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Asia Pacific Jesuits in the time of Laudato si’

31 January 2017
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Pedro Walpole, SJ Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific (JCAP) established Reconciliation with Creation, a comprehensive program that aims to enable greater environmental awareness and participation in caring for all forms of life.  As part of this program, Jesuit pastoral ministries with the poor and beyond are integrating social and ecological objectives. Meanwhile, Jesuit schools are...
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