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On the occasion of the postponed COP26: Open letters to the Presidents of the African Union, Council of the European Union, and European Commission, and to the UK Prime Minister

19 November 2020

JCAM Justice and Ecology Office and Xavier Network Committed to following the teaching that Pope Francis set out in Laudato Si’ and to promoting an ecological conversion, Jesuits in Britain, Africa, and in mission and development organizations working widely across Africa, Asia, and Latin America, wrote an open letter to African and European leaders on the occasion of the postponed COP26, originally scheduled to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK) from 9 to 19 November 2020 and postponed to 1 to 12 November 2021. In an open letter dated 6 November 2020 to African Union (AU) President Cyril Ramaphosa, Council of the European Union (EU) President Angela Merkel, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, there was concern expressed on the absence of the UN climate change conference this year, what should be the 26th session of the Conference of Parties (COP26) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). COP26 was postponed on account of the coronavirus global pandemic which is surging anew in second and third waves across much of the globe, and in the open letters, the Jesuits expressed that the absence of the conference in 2020 will “lure governments
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The meaning of networking in ecclesial networks alliances for integral ecology

16 November 2020

Pedro Walpole SJ Anyone reading this editorial is in practice participating at least minimally in networking. Networks help people get interested in work elsewhere and share their experiences, but there needs to be commitment to sustain engagement. Ecojesuit has been networking in different forms for the last 10 years and is always looking for ways to deepen and strengthen its sense of collaboration and service. The small gathering on 3 November hosted by the Laudato Si’ Research Institute, Campion Hall, University of Oxford was a learning in practice and the contribution by Cardinal Michael Czerny, Towards territorial Church networking for integral ecology, focused well on the topic. Watching the experience on a grand ground scale of Red Ecclesia Panamazónica (REPAM) over the last six years with hundreds of consultations has been very encouraging but also frustrating. How do we, in another part of the world, get such a massive network to grow without getting lost in the confusion of constantly new questions, topics, persons, organizations, structures  and messages that can emerge? Different people have been coming together to discuss what a network on the mega-climatic biome of Oceania and Asia would be like as a shared learning initiative. The talk by Cardinal Michael Czerny was a very
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A prayer from Oceania and Asia

This prayer from Oceania and Asia was shared during a gathering of the Ecclesial Networks Alliance for Integral Ecology on 3 November. It was inspired by Pinanukēdan, a song by the Pulangiyēn tribe in Bukidnon, Philippines that talks about the limits and balances set on our life on earth, from the land and high above the sky.

Youth thoughts on ecology and climate action: An Eco-Bites interview with Ecojesuit Project Manager Brex Arevalo

Ecojesuit is happy to share this interview of its Project Manager, Brex Arevalo, by Telmo Olascoaga, Junior Ecology Officer at the Jesuit European Social Centre (JESC) that publishes Eco-Bites, the JESC monthly ecology newsletter. This Eco-Bites interview with Brex is the first in a series of stories and aspirations of those who fight for a greener world....

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