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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
Dried-up fields in Lesotho, in southern Africa due to the El Niño-induced drought in 2015 to 2016, one of the strongest ever recorded and resulting in serious food and water crisis in the region. Photo credit: 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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Little concerns I live with

31 March 2016
Un miembro del movimiento juvenil GROPESH promueve el desarrollo de la artesanía a partir de materiales de desecho. Foto de: D Karnedi

Dieng Karnedi, SJ We are living in an imperfect world and when we look around us, there are many crises and injustices to people and our environment.  The gap between the richest and poorest is very wide.  Natural resources that are meant for all are controlled by a few.  It is no wonder then...
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The Society of Jesus and Ecology

29 February 2016
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Patxi Álvarez, SJ (translated from Spanish by Joseph V Owens, SJ) There is an increasing ecological sensitivity in human communities throughout the world.  Our conscience pains us as we behold the mounting evidence of environmental devastation: contamination of air and soil, accumulation of toxic residues, cataclysmic natural disasters, extinction of species, and extreme climatic...
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Realizing the power of struggle and lived faith

15 January 2016
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JCAP Reconciliation with Creation team The Scholastics and Brothers Circle (SBC) of Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific (JCAP) selected disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) as their annual workshop theme for 2015 and for 12 days in December, they gathered in Tacloban in Leyte, Philippines engaging directly with communities, local governments and Church groups and...
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The Spirit of adaptation, vulnerability reduction, and decision-making in reconciling with creation

15 December 2015
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Jacques Haers, SJ and Elías López, SJ In the Formula Instituti of 1550, Saint Ignatius identifies the “reconciliation of the estranged” as a key mission for the Society of Jesus. GC 35’s focus on reconciliation as the call to “right relationships with God, with fellow human beings and with creation” gives a new impulse...
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