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Casa Velha: When spirituality and ecology come together

15 May 2019
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Ana Catarina André (translated from Portuguese by Madalena Meneses)  Casa Velha is a 67-hectare farm in Vale Travesso, Ourém municipality near Fatima in Portugal.  Some Atravessados members – a group of 18 young people who volunteer there once a month – prepare to plant some leeks, lettuces, zucchinis, cabbages. “You can start with the...
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Religions and SDGs

31 March 2019
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Valeria Méndez de Vigo Organized by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and the Pontificate for Interreligious Dialogue at the Vatican on 7 to 9 March 2019, the International Conference on Religions and Sustainable Development Goals  brought together representatives of different UN agencies and cardinals, leaders of the Catholic Church and other religions...
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International conference on integral ecology: Exploring options for territorial communion with the Amazon and other critical global biomes

15 March 2019
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As part of the process leading to the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region in October 2019 at the Vatican, the International Conference on Integral Ecology: A synodal response from the Amazon and other essential biomes/territories for the care of our common home will take place on 19 to...
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Inspired by a young Swedish student’s solo protest on climate inaction, students around the world strike and demand climate action from their governments

19 February 2019
On 10 January, 3,000 young people took to the streets of Brussels, calling for climate action outside the European Parliament. A week later on 17 January, 12,500 came out (part of the crowd shown in this photo).

A protest that started with a 15-year-old Swedish girl who refused to go to school unless politicians start “prioritizing the climate question” has snowballed into a global movement fueled by children who want their adults to take urgent action on the changing climate. Thousands of students in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, and Australia have...
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Irish case joins the global movement on Climate Change and Human Rights

31 January 2019
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Last 25 January 2019 the last hearings of a case seeking to enforce the duty of the Irish Government to protect human rights from the impacts of climate change were heard before the Irish High Courts. The case was filed by a group of Irish environmental advocates called Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE)...
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The Paris Rulebook: COP24’s main output to set the Paris Agreement in action

30 November 2018
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The next two weeks could determine the fate of the planet in the next 12 years, as world leaders are set to finalize the implementation guidelines for the Paris Agreement and discuss actions to curb climate change at the 24th Conference of Parties (COP24), 2 to14 December in Katowice, Poland. The main output of COP24...
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2018 Joint statement of Bishops’ Conferences on climate justice

15 November 2018
“We expect energy-related CO2 emissions will increase once again in 2018 after growing in 2017.” (Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, 8 October 2018)

Church leaders of the continental groupings of episcopal conferences issued the following appeal to government leaders and representatives to work towards an ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement for people and planet. There is a particular request for the COP24 Summit in Katowice, Poland next month to be a milestone on the path set...
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15-year-old student leads petition to ban single-use plastic bags in New South Wales, Australia

15 October 2018
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The Parliament of New South Wales, the only state in Australia that has yet to ban single-use plastic, is set to debate on the phase-out of single-use plastic bags on 25 October, thanks to a petition of a 15-year-old schoolgirl. Sophia Skarparis, a Year 10 student of Monte Saint Angelo Mercy College in North...
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Water, ecosystems and human development in World Water Week 2018

31 August 2018
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Water, ecosystems and human development is the theme of World Water Week 2018, an annual event organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) to tackle global water issues. From 26 to 31 August, world leaders, water experts, development professionals and business representatives gathered in Stockholm, Sweden and discussed the need for more nature-based solutions in...
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Urgent action needed to steer a Hothouse Earth towards a Stabilized Earth

15 August 2018
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The Earth may be well on its way to an irreversible “hothouse” if people do not take urgent collective action to steer its path to a habitable state, scientists warned. According to a recent study Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the...
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