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Ireland’s Climate Action Plan: Missed opportunity

30 June 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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

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

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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