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The river above and the mercy needed for its land, oceans, and peoples: Asia Pacific context

15 October 2019
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Pedro Walpole SJ Asia and the Pacific comprise diverse geographical biomes, from Himalaya, the Ganges on through the Indian sub-continent, the Mekong basin and connected lands, on to the tropical forests and waters of archipelagos, islands, and atolls that are all intricately woven into the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The Pacific, one third of the planet’s surface, is the largest climate determinant on Earth. Asia and the Pacific share a common image in the ‘River Above’– the Pacific Ocean is the life, the river of Asia feeding all rivers, seasons and lives. The surface area and ocean currents absorb energy and generate thermals and other air flows forming the weather patterns and events while sustaining their movement westward. This rich diversity is gravely threatened. Recent and growing changes in the ocean due to climate change are driving the extreme weather events and sea level rise, increasing the vulnerability of the people and lands. In this context a right to a stable climate is being defined. Peoples, forests and oceans are intricately linked Over 451 million Asians live in or around tropical forests and savannahs, and of them 84 million live in extreme poverty. The Church is a minority In the
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Cultural integrity, rights, and accompaniment

30 September 2019
Cultural integrity, rights, and accompaniment

Pedro Walpole SJ Ecojesuit shares this article originally published in the latest issue of Promotio Iustitiae (Issue No127, 2019/1) focused on Indigenous Rights and Integral Ecology: Amazon, Great Lakes, and Asian Forests. This theme was particularly chosen in view of the ongoing Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region, 6 to 27 October 2019. Also, the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus gives focus on Indigenous Peoples as one of the excluded communities we need to engage with and accompany. Cultural integrity, where I live in Mindanao, Philippines, is expressed and experienced through the gaup, the ancestral domain where all relations are acknowledged. And while it is human nature to have conflicts, the dignity of the other and the rights of all life (expressed through the spirits) are acknowledged in the culture (kagēna). Mutual trust is the basis for a cultural covenant of peace (nalandangan). Indigenous rights are all based on this shared understanding of dignity, and while national governments may acknowledge these rights, communities are too often not heard or trusted and so ignored.1 Accompaniment is today’s path in listening to the other and supporting their voices and participation. Accompaniment is a critical part
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