moved here

Reflections

A Lenten prayer guide for protectors of Mother Earth

15 February 2017
A view of the Earth at night as seen from space, revealing city lights, gas flares, wildfires and other nighttime lights.  Image was captured in April and October 2012 by a sensor aboard NOAA’s Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership Satellite. Photo credit:blog.education.nationalgeographic.com

Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas’ Institute Justice Team Traditionally, Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  It is a journey of faith, preparing us for Holy Week and Easter.  It lasts 40 days, recalling Israel’s 40 years in the wilderness and Jesus’ 40...
Read (Leer más) »

The community and ascetic dimensions of Christian ecological commitment

31 January 2017
Los 17 Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible ilustrados por la Agencia Católica para el Desarrollo de Ultramar (CAFOD), que ha abogado por nuevos objetivos globales de desarrollo ya que sus socios compartieron que estos son “importantes para el trabajo que hacen con las comunidades de todo el mundo.” Foto de: cafod.org.uk

Jaime Tatay Nieto, SJ Many continue to examine the motivating factors behind the promulgation of Laudato si’ (LS), the first “ecological” encyclical in the history of Church social teaching.  The subject of LS goes far beyond the Catholic community and concerns every person who believes in a God who can act out of love,...
Read (Leer más) »

Re-connecting people to the environment to bridge the mind-behavior gap

15 January 2017
2017_01_15_Reflection_Photo1

Mariel de Jesus In April 1993, Seventeen magazine  published an issue with the message “Save the Earth, girl!”  Seventeen was probably not the most comprehensive source of environmental information, but this was probably the single most influential magazine issue that I read that year. Environmental awareness was high in the early ‘90s.  The Rio...
Read (Leer más) »

Connection, disconnection, reconnection: The radical vision of Laudato si’

30 November 2016
2016_11_30_reflection_photo1

Anthony Annett, PhD In reflecting upon those aspects of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’ that seem most relevant to COP22 and beyond, I focus on interconnectedness, a theme that pervades the entire encyclical and explore three key points: Laudato si’ posits a deep connection between human beings among themselves and with the created world,...
Read (Leer más) »

A lost legacy

31 October 2016
Crédit photo: sprep.org

Tulau Overhoff The Pohnpei Youth Council sponsored a Pohnpei Youth Contest on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for high school students who were invited to select the most important SDG for the youth.  Contestants wrote poems, songs, essays or created some art to explain their choices.  Tulau Overhoff, a Grade 11 student at...
Read (Leer más) »

A changing China in a changing world and a changing climate

15 October 2016
La China rural y urbana en busca de un desarrollo sostenible. Foto de: thenatureofcities.com

Minister Hu Deping Ecojesuit is happy to share the first part of the paper of Minister Hu Deping that Professor Frederick Dubee of the Beijing Genomics Institute presented at the Joint Consultation of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Laudato si’ and the Path to COP22...
Read (Leer más) »

Global Jesuit work in the environment

30 September 2016
Foto de: UN FAO

Savarimuthu Ignacimuthu, SJ In a special issue of the Journal of Jesuit Studies, we highlight the works of Jesuits vis-à-vis the environment from the perspective of various regions in the hopes of fostering a fruitful cross-cultural conversation that is needed within the Society. In his discussion of the environmental activities of European Jesuits, José...
Read (Leer más) »

Self-critical but hopeful: NGOs as bridges and connectors

15 September 2016
2016_09_15_reflection_photo1

Sylvia Miclat Two recent reflective essays on the future of non-government organizations (NGOs) in a much-changed and changing world provide critical fodder for thought for many of us who undertake development work.  While the discussions focused on Oxfam, many of the points raised resonate beyond Oxfam. In his essay What’s to be done with...
Read (Leer más) »

Solidarity, a fundamental principle for a sustainable world

31 July 2016
Les champs secs au Lesotho, en Afrique Australe, une sècheresse provoquée par El Niño en 2015 et 2016, une des plus fortes sécheresses que la région ait connues et qui a entraîné des crises alimentaire et pénurie d’eau graves. Crédit photo: FAO

Jean-Christian Ndoki, SJ Since Lynn White’s article “The Historical Roots of our Ecologic Crisis” in 1967 and the Brundtland Report on “Our Common Future” in 1987, a great number of texts have been published and several meetings held on the issues of ecology and sustainability, the most recent being Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’...
Read (Leer más) »

Responsible consumption and production

15 July 2016
2016_07_15_Reflection_Photo1

Julie Edwards Understanding the impact that our lifestyles have on the environment is key to bringing about behavioural change.  Waste, pollution and excessive consumption are all hurting the earth and its inhabitants, not just through climate change, but also by fuelling violence, mass displacement of people, degradation of land and unsustainable water practices. One...
Read (Leer más) »