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A conversation on climate change and responses, community and social justice, youth and hope

15 May 2017
ESSC staff of community foresters, young Jesuit volunteers, eco-agriculture farmers, youth training participants, and community school teachers gather on the slopes of the Pantaron, sharing a common vision and hope with an upland community in Bukidnon, Philippines in a changing land and a changing climate. Photo credit: S Miclat, ESSC

Ecojesuit shares this brief radio interview with Worldview on WBEZ in Chicago, USA where host Jerome McDonnell spoke with Pedro Walpole on climate change and its impact in the Philippines and in the Asia Pacific region, disaster risk reduction, land use change, indigenous communities, Standing Rock, youth and hope, and coming together and building...
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A soul-sized challenge in turning our consciousness and actions 180 degrees

31 March 2017
En mayo de 2016, se informó de que cinco islas de arrecife en las Islas Salomón en el suroeste del Pacífico desaparecieron, y otras seis experimentaron severas costas de retroceso, debido al aumento del nivel del mar.  Esto surgió de un estudio australiano que analizó la dinámica costera de del aumento del nivel del mar por Simon Albert, et al (http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/11/5/054011), que utilizó imágenes cronometradas aéreas y satelitales de las 33 islas de 1947 a 2014, junto con el conocimiento histórico y el conocimiento local.. Foto de: un.org

John Surette, SJ Ecojesuit shares this timely piece from the National Catholic Reporter, as John Surette, SJ urgently reminds us of the soul-sized challenge in turning our consciousness and actions 180 degrees to respond to the climate disruption that humanity faces this century. In biblical times, repentance manifested itself in external signs such as...
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A Lenten prayer guide for protectors of Mother Earth

28 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...
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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,...
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Re-connecting people to the environment to bridge the mind-behavior gap

15 January 2017
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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...
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Connection, disconnection, reconnection: The radical vision of Laudato si’

30 November 2016
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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,...
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A lost legacy

31 October 2016
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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...
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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...
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Global Jesuit work in the environment

30 September 2016
Jesuitas están llamados a responder a un mundo cambiante que es cada vez más bajo presión, ecológica y socialmente. 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...
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Self-critical but hopeful: NGOs as bridges and connectors

15 September 2016
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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...
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