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Faith and Goals in the margins

23 May 2019
The SDG Scorecard 2030 for Asia-Pacific indicates four goals and targets are of particular concern and “will need to see a reversal in current trajectories, as they are moving in the wrong direction.  These targets relate to reducing slum populations, reducing waste, combating climate change and marine conservation, and will require global reversals.”

Pedro Walpole SJ Exclusion and conflicts highlight the suffering of millions of people that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seek to address. The Goals are a global strategy coming from an extensive dialogue of 193 nations, and though more critically designed than its predecessor, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), still need to be grounded, seeking everyone’s goodwill and collaboration. Religions are globally present and have the capacity to be change-makers from the community level up.  Religions need to be seen to work together and not be silenced by the media’s focus on extreme movements that use religion. Religions approach the Goals from a moral perspective while calling for a deeper spiritual commitment. To engage with this ongoing strategy from below is a struggle, and individually, it is tempting to leave it be.  However, the action cannot be left to individuals or to global agreements and governments, who by definition hardly impact the margins where these concerns are the daily life of people. Given the analyses and insights the goals provide, the potential for impact, and the dire need for change, greater global collaboration is needed by all and a transformation on what the world understands its responsibilities to be. These
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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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Reflections

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Freedom and survival: Living the contradictions

Pedro Walpole SJ We face the present grave realities of climate disasters, maldistribution of food, fossil fuels, unmanaged urbanization, biodiversity loss; yet, we need to live openly these contradictions – these wounds – with hope and in this way open a broader process for engaging the youth. The contradictions of how we live, however,...

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...

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