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Ecojesuit in 2020 and ongoing 2021 actions

29 March 2021

Ecojesuit started 2020 by building on the momentum gained from the 2019 Annual Meeting in India and COP25 in Madrid, where the network organized a merged session in the Capacity-Building Hub at COP25 with the Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous People and Local Communities. A Workbook on Effective Collaboration was released in January that highlights the learnings of Ecojesuit, capturing insights from the past year, and putting forward suggestions. The network continued to support the message of the Amazon Synod through its final document, Querida Amazonia. In March, Ecojesuit engaged with Loyola University Chicago’s Climate Change Conference pre-event, a workshop for Jesuit-affiliated colleagues that focused on community-based participatory research. Case studies from India, Nicaragua, and the Philippines were presented that highlighted the importance of working with communities and approaches to locally-led sustainable development through agroecology, forest management, and natural resource conservation. As lockdowns took effect in mid-March due to the global pandemic and planned engagements were cancelled, Ecojesuit took the opportunity to re-strategize and try different approaches. From May to June, the network organized a series of Conference-level dialogues for change. These were very helpful in understanding the local-regional contexts at a “time of great uncertainty” and in exploring collaborations
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The many concerns of food security today

5 March 2021

Pedro Walpole SJ Three global dialogues on interwoven global concerns are taking place, at the core of which is the growing food insecurity in many parts of the world. First, there are new numbers for Covid infections and deaths as vaccinations start to roll out in many countries. With this, Covid continues to reveal many weaknesses, gaps, and abuses of global to local systems, and a core one is the growing food insecurity. Second, regional discussions around climate change and preparations for COP26 in November are beginning to move with urgency given the actual weather patterns and a renewed hope given the US commitment to re-enter the Paris Agreement. There is much grit and resistance in the machinery of climate negotiations that calls for social pressure to get the political accountability needed in taking the next serious steps to address increasing human vulnerability and food insecurity. Third is the constant reporting on agroecology and its different forms and contributions, and also the limited recognition in many urban societies that techno-fix is not going to solve food insecurity or climate change. Growing food insecurity The number of economically vulnerable people has jumped because work is not a given and homes may
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Organic gardening as a work of heart

Sister Ma Lani Saligumba ACI Home gardening has become a popular initiative among households in the Philippines affected by lockdowns due to the pandemic. It is particularly interesting because Filipinos who had little or no interest in home gardening are growing herbs and leafy greens in their balconies and backyards. This is a wonderful...

Indigenous as guardians of ecological services

Today is a celebration of Sacred People, Sacred Earth, and we, the indigenous youth here in Bendum in northern Mindanao, Philippines, put together an image of how we see ourselves as guardians of our ancestral domain and its ecological services. In this image are some of the leaves, around 150, of different forest species....

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Exploring pathways to sustainable food and nutrition, consumption, and livelihoods: An independent dialogue for the UN Food Systems Summit 2021

Through the mechanism of the Independent Dialogue of the UN Food Systems Summit to...

SJES statement on the bail denial for Fr Stan Swamy SJ

The Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES) of the Society of Jesus recently released...

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