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A Latin American and Caribbean gathering in Quito on integral ecology

30 November 2017
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Rigobert Minani SJ In a joint discernment in the light of the encyclical Laudato Si’, around 120 delegates gathered in Quito, Ecuador from 23 to 27 November for the first Latin American and Caribbean gathering on integral ecology with the theme Disciples-Missionaries, custodians of creation and discussed concerns on human rights, development models, climate...
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Higher education for social transformation in Europe

15 November 2017
El grupo HEST sobre ecología y desafíos ambientales quiere hacer una investigación para contribuir a la transformación ecosocial necesaria.

Jaime Tatay SJ and José Carlos Romero SJ In the context of COP23 where ecological concerns are at the front and center, the ecology and environmental challenges cluster of the Higher Education for Social Transformation (HEST) met in Bonn and wants to collaborate with the larger Ecojesuit network in building a narrative based on Laudato Si’ and...
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Learning from Indigenous Peoples in Guyana: Relationships matter

31 October 2017
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Joel Thompson SJ New ways of relating to the earth and to each other are needed.  Dialoguing with indigenous peoples provides a way of broadening our imagination while working with those who will be most affected by environmental change.  “Christian spirituality proposes an alternative understanding of the quality of life, and encourages a prophetic...
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Scholastics form eco-friendly habits at Puna Unit in Jakarta, Indonesia

15 October 2017
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Scholastic F Ray Popo, SJ The scholastic formation house at Pulo Nangka (Puna Unit) in East Jakarta, Indonesia provides opportunities for resident scholastics to cultivate eco-friendly habits.  And as Pope Francis wrote in Laudato Si’, “An awareness of the gravity of today’s cultural and ecological crisis must be translated into new habits.” (LS 209)...
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Building back better in San Roque Ecovillage: Safer homes in post-Haiyan Philippines

31 May 2017
La Ecoaldea de San Roque, un proyecto del ESSC de reconstrucción para la reubicación de viviendas, fue lanzado el 2 de junio de 2017 con el apoyo de la Red Xavier y la Provincia Filipina de la Compañía de Jesús.  Durante la actividad pionera, el Director de Investigación de la ESSC, Pedro Walpole (tercero de la izquierda, en hardhat) explicó el mapa geohazard de la zona y el lugar de reubicación, con Melchor Mergal (alcalde de Salcedo), Joselito Abrugar (Oficial provincial de medio ambiente y recursos naturales de la provincia Samar del Este), y Sylvia Miclat (Directora Ejecutiva del ESSC). Foto de: ESSC

The Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC), with support from Xavier Network and the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus, is assisting the relocation efforts of Barangay Cagaut to a safe site that they have named San Roque Ecovillage.  Barangay Cagaut is a coastal village in Salcedo, Eastern Samar in the Philippines with...
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Latin American Jesuit work on social and environmental justice through local community support and building knowledge from below

15 May 2017
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released in 2016 the latest regional assessment for Latin America and the Caribbean, part of the Global Environment Outlook. Pressing issues identified include improving access to water and sanitation, reducing poverty, phasing out ozone-depleting substances, and expanding the network of protected areas. However, the region still faces significant environmental challenges characterized by land degradation, biodiversity loss, pollution, vulnerability to climate change, and unsustainable production and consumption patterns. Photo credit: unep.org

Sergio Coronado Delgado This article explores a possible answer to the broad question of how the Jesuits and their institutions contribute to the responses to environmental issues in Latin America, focusing on the work of Jesuit social centers in the region, especially on mining-related concerns.  The main argument is that acute environmental conflicts caused...
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Latin American and Caribbean Jesuits assess mission impact

31 March 2017
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Ecojesuit shares this commentary from Roberto Jaramillo, SJ as he assumes his position as the new president of the Conference of Jesuit Provincials in Latin America and the Caribbean (CPAL).  The text is originally written in Spanish, Palabra de la CPAL: Un verdadero “sínodo” jesuítico latinoamericano y caribeño. It was a fraternal pleasure to...
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Struggling for climate justice in our common home

28 February 2017
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Climate justice as human justice is the main theme of Loyola University Chicago’s fourth annual Climate Change Conference on 16 to 17 March 2017 titled Climate Justice: The Struggle for Our Common Home. Held annually since 2014 and hosted by the Institute of Environmental Sustainability, the 2017 climate change conference invites participants to learn...
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Sharing Laudato si’ online resources

31 January 2017
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An online site Laudato si’- On care for our common home shares a selection of web-based annotated resources to better understand, apply, and communicate Laudato si’. The site was developed after the encyclical’s release in June 2015 and as a huge number of responses quickly flooded the web that included comments, reactions and introductory presentations...
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Justice in Mining Network seeks Jesuit participation in survey of mining activity

15 January 2017
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The Justice in Mining Network is conducting a survey of mining activity and related issues in communities where there are Jesuits, either individually or through institutions. The survey intends to identify the key concerns around mining and its related impacts in areas where there is a Jesuit presence.  The results will inform the network of the...
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