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River above Asia Oceania Ecclesial Network for forests, oceans, and peoples

8 August 2020
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This Sunday we celebrate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Every 9 August, the world commemorates the inaugural session of the 1982 Working Group on Indigenous Populations at the United Nations. It is also a special day to highlight and amplify the call for the protection of the rights of the Indigenous Peoples around the world as they continue to suffer from grave social, political, and corporate injustices. Oceania and Asia as a geographic region is a unique territory with five or more biomes of vital planetary importance. It is comprised of rich mountainous and island areas of profound biodiversity and the most extensive cultural diversity. However, its waters, forests, and peoples are gravely threatened by extractive industries and policies driving consumerism and urbanization without balance for the land. There is so much that is still not understood in terms of how interconnected and complex the challenges are in Asia and Oceania and how these should be addressed from a territorial bottom-up approach to ensure that indigenous and local communities are supported, and their rights upheld. The Pacific, one-third of the planet’s surface, is the largest climate determinant on Earth producing much of the oxygen and the climate
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Ecojesuit commitment to build back a new normal

10 July 2020

Human vulnerability and environmental degradation are laid bare once more as the pandemic grows and country documentation reveals the spread of the virus. All of us are at risk, but, as with other disasters, it is always the poor and those on the margins that suffer most from society’s continuing neglect, leaving them with limited options and weakened voices. The continued abuse of and encroachment on an already degrading environment increases the potential for pandemics despite advances in science and technology increasingly driven by a technocratic model of development (Laudato Si’ 194). Getting back to normal is not acceptable– what is needed is to build back a new normal with renewed urgency. A new normal requires addressing the structural inequalities and injustices globally and reducing the vulnerability of the poor and marginalized. A new normal means building a just economy, generational equity and culture of solidarity focusing on the common good that is inclusive and low-carbon. An economy of exclusion exacerbates the effects of both climate change and the pandemic. A new normal roots us in the humble and grateful consciousness of our interdependence, moving us in a process of personal and collective conversion with compassion and hope, integrating our
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An indigenous reflection on ecospirituality

Vincent Yan Rhu Yacapin Ecospirituality? I do not quite understand what it means. However, when I heard the word for the first time, I know it is something good. So I asked what does it mean? Suddenly my mind wanders and I started thinking about ecospirituality. I am overwhelmed as I listened. For me,...


Covid-19 and building a new normal: An opportune time for promoting integral ways of proceeding

Christina Kheng The Covid-19 pandemic, along with prevailing challenges such as climate change, inequality, socio-political divisions, and leadership crises in the church and elsewhere have certain things in common. Not only are they major challenges of our time but more importantly, they call for deep conversion in our fundamental paradigms and ways of proceeding....

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