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Non-state actors promoting and collaborating on local knowledge and initiatives for climate action

9 December 2019
Local and indigenous knowledge to climate action at the 2nd Capacity-building Hub during COP25 Madrid with Ecojesuit and the Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities as key

Pedro Walpole SJ We are here at COP25 Madrid for climate action, recognizing the scientific knowledge, the state of political inaction, and the call for greater peacein a world where conflicts are growing. While recognizing the important role of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as a valuable inter-governmental platform and the frustration of many negotiators, the response is inadequate to the emergency. However, this space that the 2nd Capacity-building Hub provides through this session on local and indigenous knowledge to climate action during the Capacity-building Knowledge to Action Day gives us an opportunity to network with many more initiatives. We have a climate emergency and while recognizing that personal and community action are fundamental, we cannot be effective alone, as we are all tied into the global problem. Unless we can engage the political and market forcesof this global world, we cannot get the necessary change. While struggling with the political arthritis of this age and damaging polarization in many countries, together we look fornew ways to seek effective action. We seek greater collaboration amongst social action groups, networks for change, and faith-based organizations. We affirm different knowledge systems, indigenous peoples, and local community-led initiatives to address life concerns
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Industrialists in Brussels and forest dwellers in Gujarat on enterprise and environmental costs: Two moments, one world

9 December 2019
Tea-drinking in Zadoli village in the Nadami district of Gujarat state with the Adivasi community whose traditional home is in the forests of the central plains of India. (Photo credit: R Javier)

Edmond Grace SJ Two very different groups, one in Brussels and one in the forests of Gujarat in India, have given me a lot to think about on the role of business in the care of our common home. On 25 September, I was standing on the balcony of the sixth floor overlooking the atrium of the European Parliament, sandwich in one hand and glass of wine in the other. Everyone was getting better acquainted and enjoying the break from the formal part of the proceedings. Among those present was a number of senior management figures in companies from different parts of Europe. These companies were all doing well and, as the different stories were told, there was a sense of enthusiasm. You might think that this group of successful industrialists would be content with things as they are, but you would be wrong. They all shared a commitment to green values and all considered this commitment as the key to their success, but they also saw themselves as being at a significant disadvantage in a policy regime, which rewarded their competitors for undermining values which they saw as vital. Exactly two months later, 25 November, I was drinking tea
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Marching in Madrid, COP25, 6 December (Twitter - @Greta Thunberg)

Young climate activists ask leaders not to ignore the science: Why we strike again

Greta Thunberg, Luisa Neubauer, Angela Valenzuela Ecojesuit shares this article released before COP25 started in Madrid, Spain and written by three young women climate activists from Sweden, Germany, and Chile who are leading and inspiring student and youth climate strikes in different parts of the world. For more than a year, children and young...

The SJES Golden Jubilee Congress in Rome from 4 to 8 November 2019 remembered “the lives of 57 Jesuit martyrs and dozens of non-reported men and women, religious and lay people, all murdered for being defenders of rights and witnesses of the truth.” (Source: Letter to a companion “martyr” (

Promote processes and encourage hope: Pope Francis reminds the Jesuit social apostolate

Ecojesuit shares Pope Francis’ address to participants from the Golden Jubilee Congress organized by the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES) whom the Holy Father met on 7 November 2019 at the Vatican, during which he reminded them of the key role of the Jesuit social apostolate in promoting processes and encouraging hope. Good...

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Conversion, commitment, and connectedness: Paths to effective networking at the 2019 Ecojesuit Annual Meeting [VIDEO]

Brex Arevalo and Raiza Javier Conversion, commitment and connectedness – these were the three...

Local and indigenous knowledge to climate action: Ecojesuit at the COP25 Capacity-building Hub

At COP25 Madrid, Ecojesuit and the Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local...

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