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Indigenous communities and youth: Distinct local and global roles in sustaining environment and culture

31 March 2019
Pulangiyen youth and APC school graduates were reminded that “(y)ou do not just study to understand the world; you study so you can change the world.”

The Apu Palamguwan Cultural Education Center (APC), an upland indigenous school in Bendum, Bukidnon in northern Mindanao, Philippines invited Ms Victoria “Vicky” Tauli-Corpuz, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as the key speaker during the student graduation activity on 28 March.  APC runs a Kinder to Grade 12 basic culture-based education program for youth in the Upper Pulangi watershed and is formally recognized by the Philippine Department of Education. Vicky shared her work and experiences as she listened to the concerns and activities of indigenous groups in many parts of the world from the Amazon, the Congo Basin, in Latin America.  She stressed the distinct role and contribution of Indigenous Peoples in protecting and managing critical ecosystems, biodiversity, forest and water resources, hence locally and globally, indigenous communities with their knowledge and practices have much to share. Vicky also explained the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)  that established in September 2007 “a universal framework of minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of Indigenous Peoples of the world and elaborates on existing human rights standards and fundamental freedoms.” Ecojesuit shares the key points of Vicky’s address to the Pulangiyen youth: 1.
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World Water Day 2019: Action for water in a world of increasing water crisis

15 March 2019

From the vast oceans and rivers around the world to the organs and cells in our bodies, water connects us all. Access to safe and drinkable water is a basic and universal human right. Though it is indispensable for life and our inherent dignity (Laudato Si’ 28-30), we continue to experience many challenges regarding this precious resource, mainly through human action, climate change, and population growth. Such challenges remind us of the responsibility we share in caring for Creation and call us to discern more deeply and remind us of the need to act together more urgently. This year’s World Water Day theme is Leaving no one behind, adapting the central premise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that “as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit.” Water is a human right and is not only an essential element for our bodies to function but is integral to human dignity and life. Ecojesuit encourages everyone to observe World Water Day on 22 March and take part in its Action for Water. Day Zero in Cape Town, South Africa drew international news attention last year as the city faced the prospect of dry taps, the first major city in modern times
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Students in Madrid, Spain joined the global call for school strikes for climate on 15 March. Photo credit: J Tatay

Fridays for climate in Madrid

Jaime Tatay Nieto SJ Two weeks ago, a group of graduate students at Universidad Pontificia Comillas approached me and invited me to join the Fridays for Future climate change demonstration, a student-led protest started last August by Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager.  They knew I was part of a group of teachers trying to...


Religions and the SDGs: The injustice that brings tears to our world and to its poor is not invincible

Ecojesuit shares the address of Pope Francis to participants at the International Conference on Religions and Sustainable Development Goals held at the Vatican from 7 to 9 March 2019. I greet all of you gathered for this International Conference on Religions and the Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability and Inclusion When we speak of sustainability, we cannot...

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