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A national inquiry on climate change, a dialogue process open to the carbon majors

30 June 2018
The wall along the Tacloban coastline in Leyte, Philippines is being constructed.  At four meters high, it is hoped that this will protect people and infrastructure during future storm events, learning from the painful experience of  typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) that struck central Philippines in 2013. Photo credit: Pedro Walpole

Divestment and re-investment is one of the key strategies in approaching the sustained use of fossil fuels.  Meanwhile, significant green energy sources are emerging and decisions being made at the domestic level.  The law too is exploring ways to understand the impacts of climate change on people and what accountability can be justifiably established....
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Ecostream: Links to Ecological Action

30 April 2018
"Our insistence that each human being is an image of God should not make us overlook the fact that each creature has its own purpose.  None is superfluous.  The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, his boundless affection for us.  Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God. 
 The history of our friendship with God is always linked to particular places which take on an intensely personal meaning; we all remember places, and revisiting those memories does us much good.  Anyone who has grown up in the hills or used to sit by the spring to drink, or played outdoors in the neighbourhood square; going back to these places is a chance to recover something of their true selves." (Laudato Si', 84)

Brex Arevalo  Ecostream is an online resource and reference system developed as part of Ecojesuit’s commitment to the Jesuit mission on Reconciliation with Creation. Since 2015, it has been a platform for sharing ongoing initiatives in ecology and sustainability. With the development of the Ecojesuit themes which are five ecological priorities for an integral ecology...
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Campion Centre of Ignatian Spirituality: 2018 program on Being with God in Nature

31 January 2018
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Being with God in Nature at the Campion Centre of Ignatian Spirituality  is a ministry that emerged “out of the desire to invite people to experience the presence that is God in Nature in the Australian landscape, in the hope that with their spiritual encounter with the Spirit there, they would begin an ecological...
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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
Pope Francis in Colombia, September 2017

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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