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Back in the Paris Agreement and climate action, a refreshing wind in the US

13 May 2021

Ann Marie Brennan A refreshing wind is blowing through the US this season, most especially during the recent Earth Day when US President Joseph Biden hosted the Leaders Summit on Climate. This summit is a key milestone in the process towards the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in November 2021 in Glasgow. The virtual summit included the convening of the US-led Major Economies Forum (MEF) on Energy and Climate to encourage an enhanced ambition to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C. These 17 economies are responsible for about 80% of global emissions and global gross domestic products and the heads of state and leaders of the MEF participants committed to take the necessary steps to strengthen their ambition. Other countries who joined included those demonstrating innovative climate and economic action plans and those particularly vulnerable to climate impacts. There were business leaders, innovators, local officials, and indigenous and youth representatives who also joined and shared their insights and planned contributions to help tackle the climate crisis. President Biden acknowledged the need for ambitious climate action to get back on track to limit planetary temperature rise to 1.5 degrees C. This was a welcome contrast to the last US
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A dream of a boreal ecclesial network

5 May 2021

John McCarthy SJ What does integral ecology look like in the circumpolar boreal biome? This question is rarely, if ever, asked and the answers to this are by no means apparent. Spanning the circumpolar regions of the world is one of the largest biomes on planet Earth – the boreal forest region. Holding about 30% of the global forest area (Brandt et al. 2013), this vast region stretches the length of the immense Russian taiga, across Fennoscandia, from sea to sea throughout Canada and into the Alaskan boreal forests. Dark green coniferous forests of pine, spruce, fir, and larch mix with the lighter-green deciduous forests of birch, aspen, and poplar. I have begun to dream of a boreal ecclesial network. The major tropical forest regions of the world (i.e., Amazon Basin, Congo Basin, Southeast Asia, and Oceania) have their respective ecclesial networks, with the Amazon network serving as the inspiration for the 2019 Amazon Synod. To date, a boreal ecclesial network does not exist. I crafted a presentation on a boreal ecclesial dream and presented my proposal in various fora, including the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (Canada) and various other Catholic organizations. The Amazon Synod initiated a paradigmatic
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Youth education for climate, preparing for a lifetime challenge

Ecojesuit shares this article originally published in Magis Americas as part of their initiative to invite different people and organizations as guest writers on specific topics. In this case, the conversation is on “climate education, the role of the youth, its understanding as a lifetime challenge and the need to focus on the process,...

Voices from the margins and the cultures for recognition and reconciliation

In a recent virtual side event to the 20th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Jason Menaling, from the Pulangiyēn community in northern Mindanao, Philippines, was asked to discuss on climate action and adaptation initiatives by Indigenous Peoples. As a voice from the margins, he shared his insights gained from his...

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