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Multilingual education

24 October 2011
Indigenous school children, APC, Bendum, Philippines. Photo Credit: APC

Pedro Walpole, SJ In a global world, 329 million speak Spanish, 328 million speak English, and around 1.2 billion speak Chinese languages (Source – Ethnologue: Languages of the World, 2009).  For Asia at least, English is the way to go.  India and Philippines are ahead as they learned English from colonial times and in...
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Jesuit response to environmental and ecological challenges: healing a broken world

20 September 2011
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In the time leading up to the General Congregation (GC) 35, there was much excitement about how the supreme governing body of the Society of Jesus would treat the subject of ecology.  The GC 34 (1995) recognized its importance but did not come to discuss the issue and asked Father General to study it...
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Asian Jesuits and partners meet on the environment

18 August 2011
Banks of the Mekong.

Jesuits and friends from all over Asia Pacific met along the banks of the Mekong to bring together two very clear experiences.  First is that of gratitude for all life and of wonder for the Mekong River and the life in it and along its banks, and second is the call to act.  We...
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India’s massive land scam: An interview with Dr. Walter Fernandes

18 July 2011
Villagers protest vs the Union Environment Ministry conditional clearance to steel giant Posco in Patana village, Jagatsinghpur, Orissa (February 2011).  Photo credits: By PTI – thehindu.com

Land grabbing in Orissa, on the east coast of India, started in July 1991 after liberalization, and will be its 20th anniversary this July. There was much land acquisition before liberalization, the background of which was the debt crisis of the first Gulf War in Iraq. The economy was opened up without any preparation...
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Looking at the global and local again

17 June 2011
World CO2 emissions per capita.  Photo credits: http://edgar.jrc.ec.europa.eu/index.php

Jose Ignacio Garcia, SJ One of the aspects that most concern us as editors of Ecology and Jesuits in Communication is finding the connections between what happens locally and that which has global effects. We know that the limits are not always obvious and that’s the reason we would like to focus this June...
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Measuring first what we must manage, the learning process for the Lower Mekong

16 May 2011
Proposed Xayaburi dam site in Laos.  Photo credits: http://www.internationalrivers.org/

Pedro Walpole, SJ “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it” is an old management adage attributed to management guru Peter Drucker (19 November 1909-11 November 2005). This dictum can very well apply to natural resource management, and perhaps one of the best illustrations of this in modern times is the current situation...
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Fukushima renews nuclear debate, questions anew our capacity to manage

18 April 2011
Fukushima planta de energía nuclear después del tsunami y de la explosión. Foto de: http://www.policymic.com/

José Ignacio García A few months ago this editorial would sound too eccentric, radical and probably old fashioned for questioning the possibilities of nuclear energy as a serious alternative in the so called “energy mix.” That’s the combination of all sources that satisfy the energy needs of a country. After years of suspicion and...
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How the middle income choose to consume is decisive for our ecology

17 March 2011
2011_03_Editorial_Global consumption_Source-World Bank 2008

Pedro Walpole, SJ Consumption is not driven by the world’s population growth but by the availability of energy. Energy availability and consumption of a growing middle income level, which hardly existed 50 years ago, needs to be studied not just by marketing analysts, but by social analysts around the world for scenarios of where...
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Global food prices soar, attract speculators

15 February 2011
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José Ignacio Garcia The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced last 3 February that world food prices reached a record high last month, the highest since FAO started its global monthly tracking since 1990 through its Food Price Index. Obviously the situation is more worrying for least developed countries that need to resort...
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Sharing power

21 January 2011
Whakatane sea and landscape with Moutohora Island Reserve in sight.  Photo credit: Pedro Walpole

Pedro Walpole What is it to share power or transform it? The world is changing not through the newsbytes on global television but by the creeping ill feeling that much is wrong in how the world is operating and that we must go deeper to find meaning and right relation. This was the overriding...
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