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Gender and climate justice in the Paris Agreement

15 December 2015
Crédit photo: caritas.org.au

Paula Sendín The recently concluded COP21 climate talks resulted in the Paris Agreement, where more than 190 nations acknowledged the risks to climate change, that the fossil fuel industry will have to end, and a 1.5 degrees C threshold in global warming. However, there is an inadequacy in the text in addressing the concerns...
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Understanding forests and droughts in Asia Pacific

15 December 2015
Les incendies de forêt en Indonésie depuis Juillet de cette année ont détruit environ 1,7 millions d’hectares de forêts et de terrains ouverts, une activité annuelle dévastatrice prises pour préparer les terres pour les plantations à grande échelle et aggravés par la forte phénomène El Niño de cette année qui fournit des conditions plus sèches. Crédit photo: foodpolicyforthought.com

Kumiko Kubo and Rowena Soriaga Drought is a creeping disaster, slow to begin and almost as slow to end and both its onset and termination are difficult to identify. For people who deeply rely on natural resources for a living, the cumulative effects of disasters can be devastating. Farmers living in or near forests...
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Discovering Christ through the beauty of ecology

30 November 2015
La beauté de nos paysages et l’intégrité de nos moyens de subsistance et de notre mode de vie nous invitent à la louange (Loyola, Pays Basque). Crédit photo: P Walpole

Pablo Martínez de Anguita, PhD As Pope Francis stated in his encyclical Laudato si’, the current environmental crisis, global in scope and local in impact, requires major changes in how we think about our world and its future and multi-disciplinary efforts are needed to produce solutions to our interconnected environmental problems. During the last...
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World leaders in Paris, Pope in Africa

30 November 2015
Crédit photo: Vatican Radio

Jaime Tatay Nieto, SJ It is no coincidence Pope Francis is in Africa while world leaders gather in Paris in the run-up to COP21. As part of a high-level Vatican strategy to catalyze action on climate change – in which Laudato si’ (LS) was a timely and well-planned element – Francis wants to offer...
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Objectivity and urgency driving the Stockholm Dialogue

30 November 2015
Une des îles proches de Stockholm par une belle journée, gardant mémoire de la vie et de la terre alors que nous cherchons à maintenir l’échange ouvert et créatif.

Catherine Devitt A response The Stockholm Dialogue is a response to what Pope Francis invites us into in Laudato si’ – a new dialogue, a social transformation towards a global agenda for social inclusion and Earth Care. Exploring the role of values in sustainability science provides an opportunity to assess how meaningful and sustainable...
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Seeking a sincere and committed Stockholm Dialogue that deepens and transforms

15 November 2015
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José Ignacio García Since 2013 the city of Stockholm in Sweden has been closely linked to the activity of GIAN-Ecology, as it was during this year that the core group joined World Water Week, a major international event organized every year in this city.  With that meeting, we launched an action plan for 2014-2015...
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The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, Ireland: Responding to the greatest challenge of our age

15 November 2015
Glendalough, la vallée des deux lacs. Crédit photo: commons.wikimedia.org

Catherine Devitt I come from Glendalough, County Wicklow, located in the east of Ireland.  It’s a place of deep monastic tradition – Saint Kevin settled here in the 6th century – and incredible natural beauty, the valley itself carved out over time by glacial and fluvial dynamics and now home to extensive oak forests dating...
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CIDSE’s Paris, for the People and for the Planet: Placing the moral dimension of climate change at the core

15 November 2015
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CIDSE, an international global alliance of 17 Catholic development agencies working together for global justice put together a report that sets out CIDSE’s vision for the climate agreement, one that places the moral dimension of climate change at the core. Inspired by Laudato si’, Pope Francis’ environment encyclical, the CIDSE report entitled Paris, for...
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Strengths and weaknesses of Ignatian spirituality in the path towards ecological conversion

31 October 2015
«Si nous nous approchons de la nature et de l’environnement sans cette ouverture à l’étonnement et à l’émerveillement, si nous ne parlons plus le langage de la fraternité et de la beauté dans notre relation avec le monde, nos attitudes seront celles du dominateur, du consommateur ou du pur exploiteur de ressources, incapable de fixer des limites à ses intérêts immédiats. En revanche, si nous nous sentons intimement unis à tout ce qui existe, la sobriété et le souci de protection jailliront spontanément.» (Laudato si’, n.11) Crédit photo: P Walpole in Bendum, Philippines

José Ignacio García, SJ Ecology has become a crucial topic of our time. The present model of economic development based on huge industrialization and the consequent consumerism has become the core of our social life. This model is sustained by other important elements such as technological innovation, the advertising industry, and financial activity. There...
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Responding to protect and manage Africa’s equatorial forests through the Ecclesial Network of the Congo Basin

31 October 2015
Selon le projet REDD+PAC qui cherche à identifier les projet REDD+ efficients, la déforestation passée dans le Bassin du Congo «a été principalement menée par la collecte de bois de chauffe pour la cuisson et l'agriculture de subsistance.  L'agriculture itinérante est très répandue et résulte dans des paysages en mosaïque où les forêts à différents stades de croissance secondaire dominent.  Toutefois, cette situation qui se caractérise historiquement par de faibles taux de déforestation est sans doute susceptible de changer à cause des pressions croissantes de différents acteurs, y compris le développement d'infrastructures routières, de l'agro-industrie, du pétrole et de l'extraction minière, des exportations de bois, et de la croissance de la population.»

Reflecting on the contribution of the Catholic Church in Africa in the light of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’, a consultative workshop was held 8 and 9 October 2015 at Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on the creation of an Ecclesial Network of the Congo Basin or REBAC. The workshop is an...
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