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2018 Joint statement of Bishops’ Conferences on climate justice

15 November 2018
“We expect energy-related CO2 emissions will increase once again in 2018 after growing in 2017.” (Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, 8 October 2018)

Church leaders of the continental groupings of episcopal conferences issued the following appeal to government leaders and representatives to work towards an ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement for people and planet. There is a particular request for the COP24 Summit in Katowice, Poland next month to be a milestone on the path set...
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15-year-old student leads petition to ban single-use plastic bags in New South Wales, Australia

15 October 2018
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The Parliament of New South Wales, the only state in Australia that has yet to ban single-use plastic, is set to debate on the phase-out of single-use plastic bags on 25 October, thanks to a petition of a 15-year-old schoolgirl. Sophia Skarparis, a Year 10 student of Monte Saint Angelo Mercy College in North...
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Water, ecosystems and human development in World Water Week 2018

31 August 2018
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Water, ecosystems and human development is the theme of World Water Week 2018, an annual event organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) to tackle global water issues. From 26 to 31 August, world leaders, water experts, development professionals and business representatives gathered in Stockholm, Sweden and discussed the need for more nature-based solutions in...
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Urgent action needed to steer a Hothouse Earth towards a Stabilized Earth

15 August 2018
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The Earth may be well on its way to an irreversible “hothouse” if people do not take urgent collective action to steer its path to a habitable state, scientists warned. According to a recent study Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the...
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Establishing a Water Institute in Javeriana University

31 July 2018
“Water is an essential common good, an existential and transcendental factor, the natural and cultural heritage of planet earth, the supreme and sacred element for the expression of life in all its manifestations.  The geographical diversity of Colombia is manifested in the variety of its landscapes and climates, its mountains, its glaciers, aquifers, rivers and oceans, forests, páramos, and the desert; of fauna and flora; of cultures and modes of production and life.  All the coordinates of this territory host countless goods and resources that constitute an infinite natural and human wealth with an exceptional biodiversity that we must guard as an inheritance for the generations to come.” (Source: Declaración de Colombia: Del derecho al agua al derecho a la paz, September 2017) Photo credit: Instituto del Agua de la Universidad Javeriana

Part of the 2016-2021 plan of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia is the establishment of the Instituto del Agua de la Universidad Javeriana (Javeriana Water Institute) that will specialize on the study of water from a wider and multi-sectoral vision to include transportation, supply and uses, recreation, sanitation, conservation and impact on...
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Exploring deeper relations and collaboration with Latin America: Ecojesuit 2018 Annual Meeting in Leticia, Colombia

15 July 2018
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The 2018 annual meeting of Ecojesuit in Leticia in Amazonas, Colombia from 3 to 5 August intends to strengthen the Ecojesuit network as it explores deeper relations and collaboration in moving identified ecology themes across and out through the different Conferences. The meeting builds on the new commitment of Jesuit Conference Presidents and Social...
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International Conference on the 3rd anniversary of Laudato Si’

30 June 2018
Ms Mercy Pakiwag, a Pulangiyen community member, shares her community’s concerns and actions in the culture and ecology session of the Living Laudato Si’ workshop recently held in Bendum, Mindanao, Philippines with around 30 Asia Pacific participants. The backdrop is a Pulangiyen community mural of their ancestral domain. Mercy joins the Vatican’s international conference on the 3rd anniversary of Laudato Si’ on 5 to 6 July. (Photo by A Ignacio/ESSC)

On the occasion of the third anniversary of Laudato Si’, the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development is organizing an International Conference on the 3rd Anniversary of Laudato Si’: Saving our Common Home and the Future of Life on Earth from 5 to 6 July 2018. This conference aspires to communicate the deep...
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Climate change and human health: IES-LUC 5th Annual Climate Change Conference

15 February 2018
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The 21st century challenges of climate change and human health are the focus of the fifth Annual Climate Change Conference  and hosted by the Institute of Environment Sustainability of Loyola University Chicago on 15 and 16 March 2018 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. As the changing climate continues to disrupt other countries, the impacts have...
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Bannan Memorial Lecture 2018: Not a roadmap but a trail, environmental justice in the commons

31 January 2018
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The Bannan Institute of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education in Santa Clara University is organizing the Bannan Memorial Lecture on environmental justice and the common good, Not a Roadmap but a Trail: Environmental Justice in the Commons on 21 February 2018. Pedro Walpole SJ, Coordinator for Ecojesuit, a network of Jesuits and Jesuit...
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Conversion to a human ecology and launching the Laudato Si’ Observatory: A Laudato Si’ international symposium in Costa Rica

30 November 2017
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The Catholic University of Costa Rica (Universidad Católica de Costa Rica) is organizing a Laudato Si’ international symposium on The Care of the Common Home: A Necessary Conversion to Human Ecology (El cuidado de la Casa Común: una conversión necesaria a la Ecología Humana) in collaboration with the Fondazione Vaticana Joseph Ratzinger-Benedetto XVI from...
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