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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...
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World Water Day 2019: Action for water in a world of increasing water crisis

15 March 2019
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From the vast oceans and rivers around the world to the organs and cells in our bodies, water connects us all. Access to safe and drinkable water is a basic and universal human right. Though it is indispensable for life and our inherent dignity (Laudato Si’ 28-30), we continue to experience many challenges regarding...
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The Universal Apostolic Preferences are the mission we share in

19 February 2019
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Pedro Walpole SJ After 16 months of discernment in common, and with the approval and confirmation of Pope Francis, Father General Arturo Sosa of the Society of Jesus announced the four Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) on 19 February 2019 to guide and inspire the mission for the next 10 years (2019-2029).  These UAPs are:...
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El Niño 2019 + Climate Change

31 January 2019
The new norms of cold and warm extremes

by Pedro Walpole SJ With the heat of the Australian summer in the southern hemisphere and the freezing in North America by the polar vortex, 2019 begins with the extremes. For those in the tropics, especially the west Pacific, there is a need to be watching the east Pacific 3.4 zone to understand the emerging...
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Climate science development, fossil fuel companies response

30 November 2018
Tyndall’s apparatus used in his experiments on absorption properties of different gases, where he concluded that water vapor and carbon dioxide are most responsible for trapping heat in the atmosphere and any change in the levels of these gases “must produce a change of climate.” (Image source from “The Discovery of the Greenhouse Effect” by Dr Steve Easterbrook, March 2017 and adapted from Tyndall, 1861)

  by John Colin Yokingco We are given a deadline: 2030 – 12 years from now. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report 15, we have 12 years to drastically reduce our emissions or else it will be too late to slow down global warming to a rate that can...
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How fossil fuel companies responded to decades of warnings on global warming –Infographic

15 November 2018
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Knowledge on the catastrophic effects of increased carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere has been around as early as the 1800s, and the top CO2 emitters were even warned by their own scientists of the possible effects of these emissions to the climate. However, along with the continuing research, warnings, and global initiatives to...
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IPCC warnings on the warming: The IPCC Special Report 15 on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees C

15 October 2018
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In the Summary for Policymakers of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5℃ released on 6 October by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 91 authors and review editors from 40 countries declared that the world needs to limit global warming to 1.5℃ rather than 2℃.  The situation demands urgent global action to...
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Urgency of the urgent

31 August 2018
Members of the indigenous Ifugao community share with the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines their testimonies on the impact of changing weather patterns on their planting and harvesting times, part of the National Inquiry on Climate Change that the Commission is undertaking. Photo credit: JC Yokingco

Dr. Pedro Walpole Seemingly forgotten public documents and scientific studies are revealing the extent of the fossil fuel industry’s research on climate change as early as the late 1950s along with the warnings from the industry’s scientists, but these were taken over by the cover-ups and misinformation that followed during the 1970s and 1980s....
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Connecting and building bridges for justice and action in the Amazonia: Servicio Jesuita a la Panamazonía

31 July 2018
While its central role in promoting and sustaining life around the world is recognized, the Amazon region’s vastness and tremendous resources also attract the construction of megaprojects, massive deforestation, extraction of natural resources, and the search for oil and gas, with huge impact on its forests and rivers, its biodiversity, and its communities and cultures. Photo credit: jesuitas.lat

The Amazon region, with an area of 550 million hectares, hosts the world’s largest tropical rainforest, the world’s second longest river and its largest with more than 20% of the entire planet’s flowing water, around 400 unique cultures and communities, and a third of all known terrestrial plant, animal, and insect species.  Along with...
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Strengthening engaged scholarship for environmental and social justice (Part 2)

15 July 2018
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Chad Raphael, Christopher Bacon, and Iris Stewart-Frey of the Environmental Justice Collaborative, Santa Clara University This is a continuation of the previous Ecojesuit article that shared the first four of eight strategies in strengthening an engaged scholarship for environmental and social justice that the Environmental Justice Collaborative at Santa Clara University identified. The Environmental Justice Collaborative...
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