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Educating about the environment in schools: why and how?

16 December 2011
Educación medioambiental, Guatemala. Foto de: atitala.org

Laure Malchair Today, more and more schools participate in environmental education projects, from kindergarten to high school.  This concern is new, and it is the result of the ecological emergency that we face today.  Since environmental and crisis experiences are intrinsically linked, it is logically consistent for schools, acting in the social sector, to...
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God expects us also beyond the frontiers

24 November 2011
Indigenous Yanomami youth community members in Xapuri, Acre, Brazil. Photo Credit: Equipe Itinerante

Fernando Lopez, SJ in an interview on his encounters with indigenous cultures Fernando López, born in 1960 in Spain, entered the Society in 1985 and is a member of the North-East Brazil Province (Região dependente Brasil Amazônia, BAM).  He is also a member of Equipe Itinerante, a group that travels along the rivers of...
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God is no argument for ecological claim

24 October 2011
Natural disasters. Photo Credit: raccems.files.wordpress.com

Peter Knauer SJ, 76, has been a professor of fundamental theology at Sankt Georgen Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology in Frankfurt, Germany and is now working as pastor of the Spanish-speaking community in Brussels, Belgium. He is a well renowned theologian and in this occasion Peter shares with Ecojesuit his vision on the...
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Reflections from the Task Force on Ecology

20 September 2011
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“Healing a Broken World” is the title of the just published report by the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat in Rome and is the latest issue of the electronic review Promotio Iustitiae.  A Task Force (TF) on Ecology, organized at the request of Father General, produced the report as the response called for in...
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Risk as a characteristic of modernity? New arguments in an old debate

18 August 2011
Victims of Natural disasters in 2009. Foto Credito: Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters

T.P. “A huge majority of EU citizens care deeply about the environment,” states a recent press release  from the European Commission.  It corresponds often to the dynamics of environmental disasters, that hazards of major social and environmental technologies become a major focus.  Fukushima and Deepwater Horizon – like any other environmental disaster – again...
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Gender aspects of climate change

18 July 2011
Photo credits: ignarm.dk

Irene Dankelman One of the most persistent inequalities in our societies consists of the (socially constructed) inequality between women and men. And this is despite the progress that has been made in recent years in achieving Millennium Development Goal 3 on gender equality, mainly by improving the access of girls to education. Women are...
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Climate migration and urbanisation: possible scenarios for urgent environmental concerns

17 June 2011
Climate induced migration. Photo credits: http://knowledge.allianz.com/

Hervé Pierre Guillot SJ In its June 2011 issue, Etudes, “magazine de culture contemporaine” published by the French Province of the Society of Jesus since 1856, gives an insight into two major issues directly linked with environmental concerns: climate migration and urbanisation. Both issues are considered less in an alarmist than in a positive...
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From a theological perspective: Disaster and a universal new beginning

16 May 2011
Rebuilding homes in same area after a destructive flashflood, Philippines

Niko Bilić SJ The well-known narration of the book of Genesis on the history of the first covenant in the Bible touches the issue of a massive disaster and a new beginning, giving hope in the worst scenarios of our modern environmental situation. The setting is famous: The sky becomes quiet, the sunlight is...
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Sustainability: A principle of Christian ethics?

18 April 2011
River in South Cotabato, Mindanao, Philippines.  Photo credit:Jose Andres Ignacio, ESSC

Markus Vogt The globalization of environmental and social questions cannot adequately be responded to by setting up individual standards; it also calls us to question the principles by which politics and economy are organized. The task is to develop normative guidelines for the regulation of social conflicts, and for the design of social structures...
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A view from North America: Eating the earth

17 March 2011
Photo credit: www.chrismadden.co.uk

Gregory Kennedy, SJ “He who has a why to live,” aphorized Nietzsche, “can bear with almost any how.” Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl got good mileage from this compact insight. Frankl, pace Freud, argued that the most primal of human urges are not sexual in nature, but rather existential. At our most basic level, what drives...
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