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An occasion where humanity in crisis acts before history repeats itself

11 December 2019
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Pedro Walpole SJ Half a million people marched in the evening light of 6 December along Paseo del Prado in the center of Madrid. A few groups of small children with their parents and teachers had their little placards and enjoyed the excitement. It was apeaceful, celebratory event with cheers and chants but clearly...
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Non-state actors promoting and collaborating on local knowledge and initiatives for climate action

9 December 2019
Local and indigenous knowledge to climate action at the 2nd Capacity-building Hub during COP25 Madrid with Ecojesuit and the Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities as key

Pedro Walpole SJ We are here at COP25 Madrid for climate action, recognizing the scientific knowledge, the state of political inaction, and the call for greater peace in a world where conflicts are growing. While recognizing the important role of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as a valuable inter-governmental platform and...
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Industrialists in Brussels and forest dwellers in Gujarat on enterprise and environmental costs: Two moments, one world

9 December 2019
Tea-drinking in Zadoli village in the Nadami district of Gujarat state with the Adivasi community whose traditional home is in the forests of the central plains of India. (Photo credit: R Javier)

Edmond Grace SJ Two very different groups, one in Brussels and one in the forests of Gujarat in India, have given me a lot to think about on the role of business in the care of our common home. On 25 September, I was standing on the balcony of the sixth floor overlooking the...
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Effective collaboration and what it means for Ecojesuit

23 November 2019
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  Pedro Walpole SJ Ecojesuit, the global ecology network of Jesuits and partners, is looking back on the year and sees a humble value in moving forward and broadening the network of reconciliation with creation, as we gather together in Mumbai, India for the 2019 Ecojesuit Annual Meeting. We are again thinking through the...
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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...
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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...
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A contextual view of the tensions arising from the Amazon Synod and its Working Document: Discernment from the Spirit of God in the key aspects of unity, charity, and peace

31 August 2019
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Mauricio López Oropeza “And though I have the power of prophecy, to penetrate all mysteries and knowledge, and though I have all the faith necessary to move mountains, if I am without love, I am nothing…For we know only imperfectly, and we prophesy imperfectly. But once perfection comes, all imperfect things will be done...
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Joint statement of Ecojesuit and Partners supporting urgent climate action

31 July 2019
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(Updated from the July 31 Editorial “Ecojesuit statement supporting the Global Climate Strike”. To support this joint statement, please visit this link.) Climate change “represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day” (Laudato Si’ 25) and poses a great threat to the dignity and rights of future generations. In June this year,...
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What do Ignatian Universal Apostolic Preferences have to do with the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

15 July 2019
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Pedro Walpole SJ and Brex Arevalo The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their predecessors, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), have gone through a long process of over 20 years of refitting and reviews, while being discussed by 193 member countries. Today they include developing and developed countries and have a vision of eradicating poverty...
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Ireland’s Climate Action Plan: Missed opportunity

30 June 2019
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Kevin Hargaden On 17 June, the Irish government published its long-awaited cross-departmental plan to address climate change, Climate Action Plan, and launched it with great fanfare and with promises to transform Ireland from a laggard around climate change into a world leader. The plan details how Ireland intends to “reduce and manage climate change...
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