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The green bridge

15 September 2012
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T.P. Among the numerous statements published by Christian Churches on the environment ethics, one unusual document that also marks a cornerstone of Catholic-Orthodox dialogue silently celebrates its tenth anniversary.  In summer 2002, Pope John Paul II and the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, signed their Common Declaration on Environment Ethics, also known as...
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Seeking centres for ecological engagement: The Bush Hut experience in Australia

31 August 2012
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Pedro Walpole, SJ Yarra Bend Park has a rich Aboriginal past, and the Wurundjeri Tribe highlight some of the places of tradition practice and life of the land – for this we are grateful. It is a good place to come, full of wattles on a cool July day, and people can draw back...
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Ethics and sustainability

14 August 2012
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José Ignacio García, SJ The concept of sustainability, though widely discussed and controversial, continues to draw huge attention.  Although it can be blamed for masking the possibility that things remains the same, or business as usual, it is undeniable that it has the ability to converge many interests and perspectives: political, economic and social....
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Finance + Climate Change = 2?

16 July 2012
Consumo de energía primaria de la UE. Foto de: US Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Guillaume Emin Finance now plays a central role in modern societies.  In 2005, finance, insurance and real estate accounted for 18% to 20% of total employment in France, the UK and the USA, in comparison with 5.5% to 7% in 1950.  Moreover, these activities accounted for 28-30% of the 2005 Gross Value Added in...
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Emerging limits to mining

30 June 2012
Emerging limits to mining

Pedro Walpole, SJ and Sylvia Miclat Mineral extraction, whether metallic and non-metallic, and including coal and other fossil fuels, is a continuing environmental and social debate at the policy level and a bitter development reality pill that some countries are forcing themselves to swallow as a response to poverty alleviation. In a global setting...
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From a Christian perspective: What is sustainability?

14 June 2012

Markus Vogt The principle of sustainability was first developed in Europe within the economics of forestry.  Decades or even centuries are needed, until a forest has grown out to become workable timber.  Such time scales require a planning in long-term and intergenerational perspectives.  For this purpose, the German economist Hans-Carl von Carlowitz introduced the...
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Rio plus 20

31 May 2012

Johannes Müller, SJ From 20 to 22 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil will host the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, 20 years after the Earth Summit (the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development or UNCED)  that took place in the same city.  What was achieved since then? The result is...
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30 April 2012
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Stefano Femminis They passed away at a distance of seven years and one day from one another: Sister Dorothy Stang, a North American missionary in the Amazon region, an adopted Brazilian, was killed by six gun shots on February 12th,  2005; Dom Ladislau Biernaski, Bishop of São José dos Pinhais and president of the...
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Crisis and survival

16 April 2012
Un planeta en la deuda ecológica.

Gilberto Cely Galindo, SJ Nowadays, we live according to the rules of a consumerist neoliberal system which dominates the techno-scientific society with its false assertion, that our planets possesses both biotic and abiotic resources in unlimited quantity, and that human beings can exploit this supply without any ethical problem.  Economic value, it maintains, can...
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Food as a human right is at risk

30 March 2012
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Jessica Nitschke Globally, there are 830 million people still suffering from hunger.  The world population is expected to continue increasing in the coming decades, and to reach around nine billion by 2050.  This raises important issues for the future, such as ensuring food for all the people.  A change in the global food production...
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