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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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Ecojesuit supports climate emergency declarations

15 June 2019
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Ecojesuit strongly supports the recent declaration of a climate emergency by Pope Francis and his appeals for urgent collaborative action to this global challenge, with hope and with care and where young people and businesses take leading roles along with greater political action. The message of Pope Francis is clear and direct. He expresses...
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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,...
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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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