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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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Ecojesuit 2018 Annual Meeting: Action for water, the Amazon, and a way forward

15 October 2018
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Ecojesuit, the global ecology network of Jesuits and partners seeking to discern an integral ecology as the basis for action, gathered in Leticia, Colombia in August 2018 for its annual meeting.  The meeting sought to update and strengthen the Ecojesuit network to bring about energetic solutions in moving identified ecology themes for collaboration across...
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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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Wastewater management at the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar

31 August 2018
Water distribution in a school in Nairobi, Kenya (Photo credit: P Walpole)

In the African region, the gap between water availability and water demand is growing fast, especially in cities where urban population is expected to nearly quadruple by 2037, suggesting a probable massive increase in wastewater production from African cities. Current water management systems cannot keep up with the growing demand and the estimate is...
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Why the Amazon is so important: Joining its Indigenous Peoples in re-thinking our relationship with Earth (video)

31 July 2018
With more than 400 cultures living in the Amazon, all share a common way of relating to nature. In their thought and their practice, they become one with the air, the water, the vegetation, and the animals, so they acknowledge that their bodies and their very lives are interdependent with the rainforest.  They are partners of the rainforest. Photo credit: Gaia Amazonas

Why the Amazon is so important is a nine-minute video that Gaia Amazonas shared during the dialogue with the Ecojesuit team at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana on 1 August 2018. The dialogue involved key faculty and officials of the university, members of the Conferencia de Provinciales Jesuitas en América Latina y el Caribe (CPAL), and other...
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Establishing a Water Institute in Javeriana University

31 July 2018
“Water is an essential common good, an existential and transcendental factor, the natural and cultural heritage of planet earth, the supreme and sacred element for the expression of life in all its manifestations.  The geographical diversity of Colombia is manifested in the variety of its landscapes and climates, its mountains, its glaciers, aquifers, rivers and oceans, forests, páramos, and the desert; of fauna and flora; of cultures and modes of production and life.  All the coordinates of this territory host countless goods and resources that constitute an infinite natural and human wealth with an exceptional biodiversity that we must guard as an inheritance for the generations to come.” (Source: Declaración de Colombia: Del derecho al agua al derecho a la paz, September 2017) Photo credit: Instituto del Agua de la Universidad Javeriana

Part of the 2016-2021 plan of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia is the establishment of the Instituto del Agua de la Universidad Javeriana (Javeriana Water Institute) that will specialize on the study of water from a wider and multi-sectoral vision to include transportation, supply and uses, recreation, sanitation, conservation and impact on...
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Strengthening engaged scholarship for environmental and social justice (Part 2)

15 July 2018
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Chad Raphael, Christopher Bacon, and Iris Stewart-Frey of the Environmental Justice Collaborative, Santa Clara University This is a continuation of the previous Ecojesuit article that shared the first four of eight strategies in strengthening an engaged scholarship for environmental and social justice that the Environmental Justice Collaborative at Santa Clara University identified. The Environmental Justice Collaborative...
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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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Exploring deeper relations and collaboration with Latin America: Ecojesuit 2018 Annual Meeting in Leticia, Colombia

15 July 2018
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The 2018 annual meeting of Ecojesuit in Leticia in Amazonas, Colombia from 3 to 5 August intends to strengthen the Ecojesuit network as it explores deeper relations and collaboration in moving identified ecology themes across and out through the different Conferences. The meeting builds on the new commitment of Jesuit Conference Presidents and Social...
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Integral ecology and Indigenous Peoples

15 July 2018
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The international conference on Laudato Si’ on its third anniversary spoke about three urgent engagements in responding to the social and environmental challenges that our world faces in the current times. First is the economics of the present situation and its urgency and for which Pope Francis has already spoken with oil companies and urged...
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