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Broadening the dialogue for transformative values: Attitudes, simplicity, and social inclusion

15 September 2015
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GIAN-Ecology The Stockholm Dialogue that we are pursuing in November 2015, is one of values with science, between those motivated by human spirit and faith and those in the scientific community, and recognizes the work that science is doing and also the growing need to build bridges with broader society in seeking a more...
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Shaping the future we want: Education for sustainability

31 August 2015
La Curación de la Tierra es un texto electrónico de ciencia viva ambiental para aumentar la conciencia de los problemas ambientales de nuestro planeta a través de las perspectivas adicionales de la ética, la espiritualidad y la acción. Escrito por 90 académicos de las universidades jesuitas de todo el mundo, es un libro de texto electrónico gratis para los estudiantes universitarios de primer año, cuarto año los estudiantes de secundaria y estudiantes adultos. Foto de: Jesuit Ecology Project/Loyola University Chicago

GIAN-Ecology The post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals serves as a framework for global development efforts for the next 15 years. The post-2015 education for all agenda  is an integral part of the sustainable development agenda, which was developed through a broad and inclusive consultative process. In shaping the future we want, we have to create...
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Dialogue on sustainability science and values: Seeking a transformative process

15 August 2015
Las fronteras planetarias también se pueden experimentar en los paisajes donde vivimos, ya sea en ciudades o en comunidades rurales, en zonas templadas o tropicales.  Los problemas locales, que puede que no sean los más críticos globalmente, están conectados en un modelo mayor de sucesos. Foto de: ESSC

Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN)-Ecology Our planet’s fragility and humanity’s vulnerability are increasingly laid bare through environmental and social concerns that challenge our generation. Prevailing social and economic development models can no longer remain indifferent to these realities. Meeting the challenge of a sustainable world requires a practical reckoning and an attitude of care...
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A call to dialogue on sustainability science and values

31 July 2015
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The Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN)-Ecology continues to pursue the call to dialogue on sustainability science and values that emerged from previous discussions in Stockholm, Sweden in 2013  and in Bukidnon, Philippines last year. The release of the papal environment encyclical, Laudato si’, has made this call for dialogue more urgent. Discussions for action...
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Laudato si’: Reshaping the international conversation on climate change

30 June 2015
Tierras altas en Mindanao, Filipinas. Foto de: P Walpole

Between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year according to a 2014 report from the World Health Organization. The direct damage costs to health, excluding costs in health-determining sectors such as agriculture and water and sanitation, is also estimated to be between US$ 2-4 billion per...
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Vatican’s active commitment to promote responsible dialogue between faith and science for sustainable development and humanity

31 May 2015
Le Secrétaire Général de l’ONU, Ban Ki-moon rencontre le Pape Francis au Vatican avec d’autres leaders mondiaux dans des communautés de foi et de science. Crédit photo: L’Osservatore Romano/Reuters

Jose Ignacio Garcia The Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences are two Vatican institutions seeking to promote a responsible dialogue between faith and science. They do not express the official voice of the Church but their meetings are always a good indicator of the concerns of the Catholic Church....
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Post-Sendai 2015: A new 15-year global agreement to measure, finance, and implement more effective disaster risk reduction towards reduced vulnerability and increased resilience

15 April 2015
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Mariel de Jesus and Sylvia Miclat Four priority actions to achieve seven global targets in responding more effectively to disaster risk reduction in the next 15 years emerged as the Sendai Declaration or the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 was finalized after lengthy meetings that went on through the night of the...
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Active engagement in fossil fuel divestment and reinvestment in other sources needs patient trust

30 March 2015
Día global de la desinversión el pasado 13 y 14 de febrero en Melbourne, Australia. Foto de: gofossilfree.org

John Sealey As we discussed the risks, nuts, and bolts of fossil fuel divestment during the recent Second Annual Climate Change Conference hosted by the Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Loyola University Chicago, I shared the prayer Patient Trust that Jesuit scientist and theologian Pierre Teilhard de Chardin wrote. “Above all, trust in the slow...
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Contributing to a global post-2015 disaster risk reduction framework

28 February 2015
Le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, Monsieur Ban Ki-Moon, a prononcé le discours d’ouverture à la troisième Conférence mondiale des Nations Unies sur la réduction des risques de catastrophe à Sendai, au Japon.  Dans son discours, Ban Ki-Moon a rappelé que les dégâts annuels globaux résultant de catastrophes dépassent aujourd’hui 300 000 000 000$.  «Nous pouvons regarder ce chiffre augmenter pendant que de plus en plus de monde souffre.  Ou bien nous pouvons, de façon considérable, réduire ces chiffres et investir dans le développement économique». Crédit photo: UN ISDR

Philippine Working Group on Disaster Risk Resilience As the current global blueprint for reducing disaster risk, the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters (HFA) is nearing its end this year. Countries are coming together from 14 to 18 March in Sendai, Japan for the Third UN...
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Enhancing collaboration and action in disaster risk reduction and management: The JCAP coordination protocol

15 February 2015
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Pedro Walpole The Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific (JCAP) is developing a coordination protocol that outlines steps for Jesuits within JCAP when responding to disasters that impact the lives of people and communities in this part of the world. Responses to catastrophic events are collaborative in nature, joining local efforts and guiding important international support....
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