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Water crisis in India

15 March 2019
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  Brex Arevalo Ecojesuit shares the story of the millions of people in India who are challenged with extreme drought.  This article is based on a short documentary released in 2016, H2WOE: India’s Water Crisis: A Warning to the World, by the documentary channel RT Doc. The 25-minute documentary retains its relevance as millions...
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Culture and integrity from the ground, a local forum

19 February 2019
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Indigenous Peoples constitute 5% of the global population but protect 80% of the world’s remaining biodiversity. They hold unique systems of knowledge in safeguarding natural resources, in adapting to and mitigating climate and disaster risks, in medicine, in history and in sustaining peace, among others. These are deeply rooted in their culture and relationship...
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Sacred natural sites and popular religion in Spain

31 January 2019
The Basilica of the Virgin of Covadonga in the municipality of Cangas de Onis in Asturias, northern Spain is a significant Marian shrine and situated at the Picos de Europa mountains.

by Jaime Tatay Nieto SJ Given the growing interest in customary institutions and types of protection that differ from those promoted via legal mechanisms, the significant number of Christian sacred sites and pilgrimage routes placed within or near protected areas, and the deep popular piety associated with Mary, a recent study focused on the religious...
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Forum on mining and the extractivist economy

30 November 2018
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Beyond extractivism: Reclaiming people’s power, our right to say no! is the final declaration that emerged at the Thematic Social Forum on Mining & the Extractivist Economy last month in Johannesburg, South Africa. Representatives from the Justice in Mining, a Global Ignatian Advocacy Network, joined participants from 60 countries that included 28 from the African region,...
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Archdiocese of Bombay, working towards a green diocese

15 November 2018
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The Archdiocese of Bombay in India launched the Green Diocese Initiative, a process that responds to the call in Laudato Si’ for the Church “to plunge into this mission of caring for our common home” as Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, shares in his message. In a brief video prepared by the Catholic...
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Ecojesuit 2018 Annual Meeting: Action for water, the Amazon, and a way forward

15 October 2018
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Ecojesuit, the global ecology network of Jesuits and partners seeking to discern an integral ecology as the basis for action, gathered in Leticia, Colombia in August 2018 for its annual meeting.  The meeting sought to update and strengthen the Ecojesuit network to bring about energetic solutions in moving identified ecology themes for collaboration across...
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Wastewater management at the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar

31 August 2018
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In the African region, the gap between water availability and water demand is growing fast, especially in cities where urban population is expected to nearly quadruple by 2037, suggesting a probable massive increase in wastewater production from African cities. Current water management systems cannot keep up with the growing demand and the estimate is...
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Why the Amazon is so important: Joining its Indigenous Peoples in re-thinking our relationship with Earth (video)

31 July 2018
With more than 400 cultures living in the Amazon, all share a common way of relating to nature. In their thought and their practice, they become one with the air, the water, the vegetation, and the animals, so they acknowledge that their bodies and their very lives are interdependent with the rainforest.  They are partners of the rainforest. Photo credit: Gaia Amazonas

Why the Amazon is so important is a nine-minute video that Gaia Amazonas shared during the dialogue with the Ecojesuit team at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana on 1 August 2018. The dialogue involved key faculty and officials of the university, members of the Conferencia de Provinciales Jesuitas en América Latina y el Caribe (CPAL), and other...
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Integral ecology and Indigenous Peoples

15 July 2018
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The international conference on Laudato Si’ on its third anniversary spoke about three urgent engagements in responding to the social and environmental challenges that our world faces in the current times. First is the economics of the present situation and its urgency and for which Pope Francis has already spoken with oil companies and urged...
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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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