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Empowering rural communities in Zambia: Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre

24 October 2011
Solar box oven manufactured at KATC. Photo Credit: KATC

Paul Desmarais, SJ Developing local strategies to conserve environmental resources, and providing lifelong education in sustainable farming: these are the central tasks of the Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre (KATC) in Zambia.  Situated about 30 km northeast of Lusaka, Zambia’s capital and largest city, the Centre retrains rural subsistence farmers in organic agriculture.  Operated by...
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Flights for Forests

20 September 2011
Para la juventud ambiente, Battambang-Cambodia. Foto de: Sch. Mark Lopez,SJ

Aviation accounts for 4 to 9 percent of the climate change impact of human activity.  With more and more people flying, air travel is set to become the world’s largest single contributor to environmental damage and global warming. Recognising that the Jesuit mission requires many Jesuits to fly frequently to work together for greater...
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Suyusama: Promoting regional sustainability through participatory development planning

18 August 2011
Policarpa, a Suyusama upland town in the north sub-region of Nariño, Colombia. Photo credits: narinoacf.blogspot.com

Suyusama is a Quechua word that means “lugar hermoso” or beautiful place. Quechua is the language of Indigenous Peoples in the central Andes in South America (Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina). Suyusama is also the name of the centre that runs the program and its various projects in Nariño, a department of Colombia...
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Water shortage: interdisciplinary approaches to reflect our options

18 July 2011
Photo credits: hfph.mwn.de/igp

Martin Kowarsch Many regions, mainly in subtropical countries, find themselves increasingly exposed to a scarcity of fresh water. Almost 900 million people worldwide lack safe access to clean water. More than a third of the world’s population lives in areas where water supply is problematic. Quantitative water availability and the quality of water are...
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Sustainable wood carving at the Center of the Dove, Cambodia

17 June 2011
Sustainable wood carving at Banteay Prieb

Pedro Walpole, SJ For the past 15 years, Chum Som On has been working in Banteay Prieb (Center of the Dove), a training facility administered by Jesuits for people with disabilities from all around the country and located outside Phnom Penh in Cambodia. Som On started the carving program of Banteay Prieb, which now...
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Picking up what others leave behind: MAGIS Italy project turns waste into sustainable investments

16 May 2011
Testing the solar cookers, Chad. Photo credits: MAGIS Italy

Maurizio Debanne The diagnosis is not new, but its importance is often underestimated: the flow of materials within industrialised countries and their accelerated market processes generate highly increased consumption of resources, many of which are scarcely renewable. By throwing away household items, office supplies and other such items, tons of resources are wasted, even...
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The Novitiate’s Greening: Biodiversity Conservation on a Jesuit property in India

18 April 2011
Jesuit novices in Shillong. PHOTO CREDIT: http://tarumitra.wordpress.com/

By the novices of the Shillong novitiate In India, ‘Sacred Groves’ are forest fragments of varying sizes, which are communally protected and which usually have a significant religious connotation for the protecting community. Hunting and logging are strictly prohibited within these zones. Sacred Groves are considered ecologically important concentrations of biodiversity. Whereas other Indian...
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Car fasting: Austria’s Green Lent campaign points the way ahead

17 March 2011
The bishop of Klagenfurt Alois Schwarz and Lutheran pastor Lydia Burchhardt, supported by partner associations and schools, advertise car fasting.

TP Renunciation, reconciliation and healing are core issues of the preparatory weeks on the road to Easter. Every year again, Lent invites Christians to conversion and calls us to examine even deep-rooted personal habits. The perspective on Easter thereby opens the way for a new discernment among what is necessary and what is dispensable....
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Environmental awareness at Jesuit Higher Education campuses

15 February 2011
Sébastien Carcelle SJ

Jesuits Sébastien Carcelle and Stefan Hengst share their responses to our questions about the ecological awareness and practices in their respective campuses. Sébastien is an agricultural engineer graduate and worked for the French National Institute of Agronomy (INRA) before joining the Society of Jesus in 2006. He is currently pursuing his theology studies at...
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Finding Peru in Bukidnon, Philippines

11 January 2011
An evening discussion in Bendum.

Kang Sonza and Sylvia Miclat For Father Jorge Beneito, SJ, being in the Philippines is not an “alien” experience as the tropical weather of the country is what he was used to in Peru, having lived in the mountains and cool areas of Cuzco. He spent 49 years of his Jesuit life in Peru,...
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