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Scholastics form eco-friendly habits at Puna Unit in Jakarta, Indonesia

15 October 2017
The organized garden at Puna Unit

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
El Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente (PNUMA) publicó en 2016 la última evaluación regional para América Latina y el Caribe, parte de la Perspectiva del Medio Ambiente Mundial.  Entre los problemas más destacados se incluyen la mejora del acceso al agua y el saneamiento, la reducción de la pobreza, la eliminación gradual de las sustancias que agotan el ozono y la ampliación de la red de áreas protegidas.  Sin embargo, la región aún enfrenta desafíos ambientales significativos caracterizados por la degradación de la tierra, la pérdida de biodiversidad, la contaminación, la vulnerabilidad al cambio climático y los patrones de producción y consumo insostenibles. Foto de: 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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Roberto Jaramillo, SJ 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...
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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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What happens when a community starts planning from scratch? Towards a broader application of GIS to reduce disaster risks and plan land use, post-Haiyan

30 November 2016
Réunion de la ESSC avec le personnel de DRR et SIG de l’administration locale de Hernani à Eastern Samar sur le travail collaboratif sur le renforcement des capacités. Crédit photo: ESSC

Dallay Annawi Hernani and Marabut are among the coastal towns in Eastern Visayas in the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 and had to rebuild their database, maps, and plans from scratch, after the storm surge destroyed their municipal buildings along with their maps and records. These local government units (or LGUs that...
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CIDSE recommends fundamental role of human rights and environmental protection in review of European Development Consensus

31 October 2016
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CIDSE, the international family of Catholic social justice organisations, recently shared its latest policy paper Make human rights and environmental protection the fundamentals! Recommendations for the review of the European Development Consensus.  With the intention of the European Union (EU) to update the Consensus to reflect the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030, CIDSE...
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Jesuit students want to be part of the broader, sustainable movement in fossil fuel divestment

15 October 2016
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Anthony Rizzi I am part of DIVEST Loyola and the Loyola Association of Students for Sustainability and when we worked together with different on-campus and off-campus organizations to create the first ever Earth Week celebration at Loyola New Orleans this year, I wondered how great it would be if all Jesuit institutions somehow worked...
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