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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
“…how inseparable the bond is between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace.” (Laudato si’, 10). Photo credit: P Walpole

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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Solidarity, a fundamental principle for a sustainable world

31 July 2016
Campos secos en Lesotho en el sur de África debido a la sequía provocada por El Niño que en 2015 y 2016, uno de los más fuertes jamás registrados y que resultó en graves crisis alimentarias y de agua en la región. Foto de: 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’...
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Responsible consumption and production

15 July 2016
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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...
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Reconciling with creation and renewing mission in Micronesia and beyond

30 June 2016
Los participantes en el taller JCAP en Bendum con la cordillera de Pantaron como telón de fondo, Dave está en la última fila, el 9º por la izquierda. Foto de: A Ignacio

David Andrus, SJ In a brief report to the Jesuits of Micronesia, David Andrus, SJ shares his experience as one of the participants to the Reconciling with Creation Reflection Workshop of the Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific (JCAP)  held at the Culture and Ecology Center in Bendum, Philippines from 6 to 10 June 2016. I...
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Promoting spirituality as a sustainable action

31 May 2016
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José Eizaguirre, in an interview by Paula Sendín Ecojesuit shares a brief interview of José Eizaguirre abou his recent book Todo confluye: Espíritu y espiritualidad en los movimientos altermundistas (Everything comes together: Spirit and spirituality in alternative lifestyles).  He spoke with Paula Sendín about his thoughts on people’s search for simpler lifestyles, seeking the...
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Responding to the cracks in the planet

30 April 2016
“Las sequías plantean la amenaza más generalizada en la región de Asia Pacífico.  La escasez de agua en las economías lluvia sensible podría desencadenar condiciones de desestabilización, como la crisis energética, la migración humana y animal, la escasez de alimentos, y los incendios forestales - que conduce a conflictos y la vulnerabilidad regional.” (Del informe “El Niño: Potential Asia Pacific Impacts” de la Administración Nacional Oceánica y Atmosférica, Octubre 2015)

Mark Raper, SJ Ecojesuit is happy to share the Earth Day message of Mark Raper, SJ, President of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP) on 22 April 2016, originally published in JCAP eNews. There are “the cracks in the planet”.  As we mark Earth Day today, I am reminded of the startlingly fresh...
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