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Reflections on living Laudato Si’ from the HEST Cluster on Ecology and Environmental Challenges

15 October 2018
Europe's freshwater and marine resources may seem limitless but they are under increasing pressure from pollution, over-exploitation and climate change.  The European Environment Agency's (EEA) Signals 2018 (https://www.eea.europa.eu/signals/) explores the state and trends of Europe’s waters, asking how healthy rivers, lakes, groundwater resources and seas can be ensured for future generations.

Stefan Einsiedel Studying Laudato Si’ reminded me that caring for our common home doesn’t end with sustainable consumption. It means thinking about the common good and caring for each other. One aspect struck me particularly: “unity is greater than conflict” (LS 198). Pope Francis encourages believers to be “ever open to God’s grace and...
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15-year-old student leads petition to ban single-use plastic bags in New South Wales, Australia

15 October 2018
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The Parliament of New South Wales, the only state in Australia that has yet to ban single-use plastic, is set to debate on the phase-out of single-use plastic bags on 25 October, thanks to a petition of a 15-year-old schoolgirl. Sophia Skarparis, a Year 10 student of Monte Saint Angelo Mercy College in North...
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Living Laudato Si’ – video

30 June 2018
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On the third anniversary of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on the care for our common home, we are continuously urged to hear “both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” (LS, 160).  The need to stir compassion and action for our common home among individuals and communities remains a pressing...
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Praying with Creation and forming communities of practice and justice

30 April 2018
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Pedro Walpole SJ Environment is relationship, it is community, it is family.  Saint Francis knew this.  The land gives us life, gives us food, filters our water and gives us a home. Just because we make cement, steel girders, motors, microchips, and robots with our intelligence and extract all things from the land, our...
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Indigenous communities and international development cooperation at COP23

15 November 2017
Placing dialogue, planning, and meaningful consultation with communities about proposals affecting their land and natural resources at the center.

Cecilia Calvo and Pedro Landa In the opening days of the COP23-Fiji in Bonn, we listened to many challenges facing our common home and contributing to climate change, including the destructive impacts of an economy of exclusion.  The destruction of the Amazon which Pope Francis has called the ‘richly biodiverse lungs of our planet,’ the...
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Engaging with a global process towards a new and universal solidarity: An Ecojesuit gathering at COP23-Fiji in Bonn

31 October 2017
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Ecojesuit gathers 30 Jesuits and partners in Bonn, Germany from 6 to 17 November to actively participate, join, engage with, and learn from a global process that is trying to sustain with the nations of the world the commitments of the Paris Agreement, the first global pact to respond to global warming. This global...
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Ecojesuit: Global Jesuit collaboration and action on environment as relationship

15 October 2017
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Jesuit responses to a rapidly changing world, environmental concerns, poverty, and violence are challenging its worldwide ministries.  There clearly is a need to initiate new processes for broader engagement by Jesuits in the larger transformation that Pope Francis seeks in caring for creation in Laudato Si’.  As the message of GC 36 and the...
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A conversation on climate change and responses, community and social justice, youth and hope

15 May 2017
El personal de ESSC de los silvicultores comunitarios, jóvenes voluntarios jesuitas, agricultores de agricultura ecológica, participantes en la capacitación de jóvenes y maestros de escuelas comunitarias se reúnen en las faldas del Pantaron, compartiendo una visión y esperanza comunes con una comunidad de montaña en Bukidnon, Filipinas, en un clima cambiante. Foto de: 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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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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