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Wastewater management at the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar

31 August 2018
Water distribution in a school in Nairobi, Kenya (Photo credit: P Walpole)

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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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) (Photo: S Miclat)

Brex Arevalo 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 developed during the Ecojesuit gathering in Bonn in November 2017, Ecostream is focusing its contents on these five Ecojesuit themes: Disaster Risk...
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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
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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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