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A vision from the field: Climate challenges in developing countries

15 October 2016
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Pedro Walpole, SJ I talk of things seen at present and of what societies in Asia Pacific are seeking and speak of four areas of change, all interconnected.  The objective is to identify key challenges and contribute to strengthening relations and systems by focusing on experiences and lessons learned. How is the world of...
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Opportunities and priorities in moving a common global plan: Laudato si’ and the Path to COP22 Marrakech

30 September 2016
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The Joint Seminar of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Laudato si’ and the Path to COP22 in Marrakech released their Final Statement that Ecojesuit shares below, urging all the signatories to the Paris Agreement to “move forward together with determination, urgency, shared values and a...
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Justice and ecology in GC 36

15 September 2016
Un estudio de marzo de 2015 de la Organización de Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación informa que los agricultores de los países en desarrollo son los más afectados de los desastres naturales, en especial los efectos clima. Foto de: newsroom.unfccc.int

Patxi Álvarez de los Mozos, SJ It was during the General Congregation (GC) 32 in 1975, when the Society of Jesus in describing its mission, mentioned the word “justice.”  Since then, our mission can be identified under the expression of “the service of faith and the promotion of justice.” Justice has multiple meanings, both...
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COP 22 in Marrakech: Technology and compassion

15 August 2016
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The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) on 7 to 18 November 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco is geared towards encouraging countries to commit to a low-carbon economy, developing National Adaptation Plans that incorporate their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and low emission development strategy...
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A renewed imagination in meeting our mission

31 July 2016
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José Ignacio García, SJ The Society of Jesus has some peculiarities in its form of government.  While supreme bodies of other religious congregations meet periodically every three, four, or five years, for the Jesuits, their supreme body called the General Congregation (GC) meets only to elect a new Superior General because of death, incapacity,...
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Collaboration through networking: Learnings from the social apostolate in Europe

15 July 2016
Le Réseau Jésuite est une initiative internationale visant à favoriser l’émergence de l’innovation collaborative pour la mission universelle dans le corps apostolique jésuite.  En Novembre 2015, le réseau pour la justice s’étant réuni a mis ensemble les principaux réseaux de justice mondiale de l’apostolat social de la Compagnie de Jésus à Loyola en Espagne pour évaluer et promouvoir la mise en réseau comme un outil important dans la lutte pour la justice. Crédit photo: Réseau Jésuite

José Ignacio García, SJ (translated by Erika Meyer from the original Spanish) Sometimes the most obvious journey is not always the easiest to accomplish.  This is the case with collaboration through networking.  Although we might be talking about similar institutions engaged in similar activities and all of them either Jesuit or Ignatian; and although...
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Renewing ecological life and mission

30 June 2016
Approfondir l’action écologique parmi les participants à l’atelier JCAP en tant que communautés de pratique. Crédit photo: A Ignacio

JCAP Reconciliation with Creation team Beginning with gratitude and reflecting on the letter of Father General Adolfo Nicolás in preparation for the 36th General Congregation, the Reconciling with Creation Reflection workshop recently held at the Culture and Ecology Center in Bendum, Bukidnon, Philippines renewed life and mission for 35 participants from 10 member countries...
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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....
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Signing the Paris Agreement and understanding Earth as our Mother on Earth Day

30 April 2016
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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....
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Water is life

31 March 2016
“El sexto objetivo de los Objetivos de desarrollo sostenible (ODS) trata explícitamente las cuestiones vinculadas de agua y saneamiento. Pero algunas de las cuestiones clave en el agua son invisibles. El agua está en las profundidades o fluye en ríos atmosféricos de humedad alto en el cielo. El agua puede estar contaminada con productos químicos invisibles, y los cambios en la disponibilidad y calidad del agua pueden afectar a las personas marginadas en zonas remotas. En algunos lugares, todos coinciden." (Foro Económico Mundial, septiembre de 2015)

Alberto Garrido The big question when a planet is discovered is: Is there water?  If there is no water, there is no life.  We depend on water as much as we depend on air.  We need water to drink and also to wash ourselves and cook.  We need the biggest amount of water to...
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