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Fly around the world – or give up some of the privileges I’ve laid claim on

12 December 2018
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by Andreas Carlgren I belong to a global group of privileged, high consuming individuals, living in relatively stable parts of the world. Having benefitted from years of costly education I have spent a professional career among fellow educators, decision-makers, and people in academia who are expected to travel around the world. We think of ourselves...
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An ecologist’s reflections on the formation of the IAJU

30 November 2018
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by Nancy Tuchman I returned from an extraordinary meeting of the presidents of the 211 worldwide Jesuit universities that has made an impact on me from the perspective of an ecologist who is greatly concerned about the state of our planet. The conference took place at Universidad Deusto in Bilbao, Spain near the birthplace of...
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A personal response to Laudato Si’

15 November 2018
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by Edmond Grace SJ Laudato Si’ marked a shift of perspective for me with regard to the everyday commitments called for by the ecological crisis in areas such as water usage, transport, food waste. I saw these commitments as a variation on Saint Augustine’s prayer for chastity: ‘Make me green, Lord, but not yet.’ I...
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Reflections on living Laudato Si’ from the HEST Cluster on Ecology and Environmental Challenges

15 October 2018
Europe's freshwater and marine resources may seem limitless but they are under increasing pressure from pollution, over-exploitation and climate change.  The European Environment Agency's (EEA) Signals 2018 (https://www.eea.europa.eu/signals/) explores the state and trends of Europe’s waters, asking how healthy rivers, lakes, groundwater resources and seas can be ensured for future generations.

Stefan Einsiedel Studying Laudato Si’ reminded me that caring for our common home doesn’t end with sustainable consumption. It means thinking about the common good and caring for each other. One aspect struck me particularly: “unity is greater than conflict” (LS 198). Pope Francis encourages believers to be “ever open to God’s grace and...
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Fundamental role of water in creation and human development: 2018 message of Pope Francis for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

31 August 2018
Vie communautaire et eau dans un village de Puerto Nariño, Amazonas, Colombie (Crédit photo: P Walpole)

Ecojesuit shares the message of Pope Francis for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation where he drew attention to water, its preciousness to life and fundamental role in creation and in human development, the privatization at the expense of human right to access water especially the poor, and the constant...
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My visit to Villa Loyola, a coffee finca in Colombia

15 August 2018
Villa Loyola is an agroecological farm located in the south west of Colombia in the municipality of Chachagüí.  Its Agroecological and Environmental Innovation Center promotes the implementation of strategies for the protection and sustainable use of environmental resources in Nariño, through workshops with farmers. Photo credit: J Braverman

John Braverman SJ Consumers are gaining concern over the sources of our food.  Is it farmed sustainably?  Are dangerous chemicals used, or is it produced organically?  How are the producers (farmers) compensated for their labors? With these questions in mind, I was happy to discover a Jesuit-owned coffee farm called Villa Loyola or Finca...
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Pontificia Universidad Javeriana’s Colombian Amazon Program: Building an open university in constant dialogue with national reality

31 July 2018
The Colombian Amazon rainforest is estimated to be a third of Colombia’s total land area of about 111 million hectares.  There are varying estimates of this forested area: 60.3 million ha (FAO 2012), 48 million ha (World Bank), and 64 million ha (Forestry Development Plan). Colombia is also believed to host 14% of the world’s biodiversity.  Between 1990 and 2010, FAO reported a deforestation rate of 101,000 ha (0.17%) per year while government reports a higher rate of 310,349 ha (0.48%) per year for the same time period.  Other studies estimated deforestation increase by 192% in the Caquetá region in 2012 and the Colombian Ministry of Environment estimated a loss of 140,356 ha in 2014. (Source: Global Forest Atlas) Photo credit: S Miclat

The following video address of Fr Jorge Humberto Peláez SJ, Rector of Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia on the University’s Colombia Amazon Program was shared during the Ecojesuit meeting on 1 August with the University’s key officials and faculty and with the Conferencia de Provinciales Jesuitas en América Latina y El Caribe (CPAL) led by...
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Calling for change and ecological conversion in a new dialogue to care for our common home, Laudato Si’ three years after

15 July 2018
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Pope Francis addressed the participants at the International Conference marking the 3rd Anniversary of Laudato Si’, the environment encyclical letter shared with the world in 2015.  More than 200 people gathered at the New Synod Hall at the Vatican on 5 to 6 July 2018 to be part of the international conference organized by...
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Living Laudato Si’ – video

30 June 2018
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On the third anniversary of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on the care for our common home, we are continuously urged to hear “both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” (LS, 160).  The need to stir compassion and action for our common home among individuals and communities remains a pressing...
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An enormous workshop experience and reflection on Living Laudato Si’

15 June 2018
Living Laudato Si’ is a JCAP Spirituality for Action workshop that gathered participants from different countries in Asia Pacific at Balay Laudato Si’ in Bendum, Bukidnon, Philippines.

Luke Henkel After spending four days at the Living Laudato Si’ spirituality for action workshop in Bendum, Bukidnon province in the Philippines, I am left with just one word that resonates across my lips, my heart, and my soul.  That word is enormous. Enormous can refer to much more than quantifiable size: it is...
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