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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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My visit to Villa Loyola, a coffee finca in Colombia

15 August 2018
Villa Loyola is an agroecological farm located in the south west of Colombia in the municipality of Chachagüí.  Its Agroecological and Environmental Innovation Center promotes the implementation of strategies for the protection and sustainable use of environmental resources in Nariño, through workshops with farmers. Photo credit: J Braverman

John Braverman SJ Consumers are gaining concern over the sources of our food.  Is it farmed sustainably?  Are dangerous chemicals used, or is it produced organically?  How are the producers (farmers) compensated for their labors? With these questions in mind, I was happy to discover a Jesuit-owned coffee farm called Villa Loyola or Finca...
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Connecting and building bridges for justice and action in the Amazonia: Servicio Jesuita a la Panamazonía

31 July 2018
While its central role in promoting and sustaining life around the world is recognized, the Amazon region’s vastness and tremendous resources also attract the construction of megaprojects, massive deforestation, extraction of natural resources, and the search for oil and gas, with huge impact on its forests and rivers, its biodiversity, and its communities and cultures. Photo credit: jesuitas.lat

The Amazon region, with an area of 550 million hectares, hosts the world’s largest tropical rainforest, the world’s second longest river and its largest with more than 20% of the entire planet’s flowing water, around 400 unique cultures and communities, and a third of all known terrestrial plant, animal, and insect species.  Along with...
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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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Pontificia Universidad Javeriana’s Colombian Amazon Program: Building an open university in constant dialogue with national reality

31 July 2018
The Colombian Amazon rainforest is estimated to be a third of Colombia’s total land area of about 111 million hectares.  There are varying estimates of this forested area: 60.3 million ha (FAO 2012), 48 million ha (World Bank), and 64 million ha (Forestry Development Plan). Colombia is also believed to host 14% of the world’s biodiversity.  Between 1990 and 2010, FAO reported a deforestation rate of 101,000 ha (0.17%) per year while government reports a higher rate of 310,349 ha (0.48%) per year for the same time period.  Other studies estimated deforestation increase by 192% in the Caquetá region in 2012 and the Colombian Ministry of Environment estimated a loss of 140,356 ha in 2014. (Source: Global Forest Atlas) Photo credit: S Miclat

The following video address of Fr Jorge Humberto Peláez SJ, Rector of Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia on the University’s Colombia Amazon Program was shared during the Ecojesuit meeting on 1 August with the University’s key officials and faculty and with the Conferencia de Provinciales Jesuitas en América Latina y El Caribe (CPAL) led by...
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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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