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The value of sustainability reporting for business responsibility and accountability

14 May 2020
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Mariel de Jesus For over 10 years now, companies in the Philippines have been exploring the practice of sustainability reporting. Though widely adopted in many countries, it is still very much a work in progress. While in many cases, government regulators and civil society are driving the effort to report, there is a growing...
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New ecological book: Reupholstered Psalms, ancient songs sung new

30 April 2020
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Ecojesuit shares the following interview of Fr Gregory Kennedy SJ in the Seeds of Faith blog for his new book of poetry, Reupholstered Psalms: Ancient Songs Sung New.This book is a collection of the first 50 psalms of the psalter, re-written in the context of climate change, runaway consumerism, mass extinction, destructive globalization and...
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Sketching4Change: Drawing Laudato Si’

24 April 2020
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In a time of great worry and confusion brought by interconnected global crises, art has a power to provide not only comfort from anxiety, but also to spark hope and action. This is the goal of Sketching4Change, an annual, month-long art challenge that encourages people to stop and reflect on issues that affect everyone...
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Community-based response to water scarcity in Kaknewadi village

14 April 2020
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Kaknewadi is a village in Parner Taluka, Ahmednagar District, in Maharashtra State, India, surrounded by hills on all sides and with a water scarcity problem. The district of Maharashtra state comes under the rain-shadow region and hardly any ground water was available for use, a concern that the Social Centre Ahmednagar sought to respond....
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Lenten reflections on ecological conversion

29 February 2020
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Paul Pace SJ A series of blog materials on ecological conversion entitled Ecological conversion: Why should I change? is being offered by the Jesuits in Malta as Lenten reflections. Written by Paul Pace SJ, the reflections include an invitation for solid action and a supporting video, and published twice weekly during Lent with daily...
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Interdisciplinary colloquium seeking synergy in Laudato Si’, Ecojesuit, Amazon Synod, and sustainable development

15 February 2020
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Law students studying financial, environmental, and sustainable development themes in their legal courses at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (PUJ) in Bogotá, Colombia participated in an interdisciplinary colloquium Synergy in Laudato Si’, Ecojesuit, Amazonia and sustainable development on 3 December 2019, organized by Professor José Hernán Muriel Ciceri of the Economic Law Department of the...
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A Workbook on Effective Collaboration: Learnings from the Ecojesuit Network

31 January 2020
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In trying to understand the role of Ecojesuit in the face of the broad ecological movement, it is a challenge to define a path forward for the coming decade as each institution has its own agenda of how to proceed and what it aims to achieve. But the process of change calls for listening...
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Working with the youth on ecology: An interview with Tarumitra coordinator Devopriya Dutta

20 December 2019
Devopriya sharing ecology stories with young schoolchildren during Earth Day 2019

In 2016, students of the Mount Carmel School for girls and Patna Women’s College found out that 89 trees were cut overnight inside their shared campus in Patna, India. The girls and women mourned – literally- for the felled trees. Students and teachers stood in front of their campus, barefooted, holding different posters and...
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Climate change and conflict in Africa: The message to the Amazon Synod in Rome and COP25 in Madrid

13 December 2019
Forest disturbance drivers illustrated as (A) reference disturbance driver for each sampled pixel, and (B) national estimates of 2000 to 2014 forest loss area by disturbance driver. (Source: Congo Basin forest loss dominated by increasing smallholder clearing [https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/11/eaat2993] by A Tyukavina et al, from Science Advances, 7 November 2018, Volume 4, No 11.) In this, regional assessment of forest disturbance dynamics from 2000 to 2014 in the Congo Basin countries using time-series satellite data, “an estimated 84% of forest disturbance area in the region is due to small-scale, nonmechanized forest clearing for agriculture… (with) (s)elective logging as the second most significant disturbance driver…Maintaining natural forest cover in the Congo Basin into the future will be challenged by an expected fivefold population growth by 2100 and allocation of industrial timber harvesting and large-scale agricultural development inside remaining old-growth forests.

Rigobert Minani Bihuzo SJ The relation between climate change and conflict need to be addressed by the Church and COP 25. This is one of the messages of the Ecclesial Network of the Congo Basin Forest (Réseau ecclésial du Bassin du Congo or REBAC) to the synod in Rome and COP25 in Madrid. One of...
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Conversion, commitment, and connectedness: Paths to effective networking at the 2019 Ecojesuit Annual Meeting [VIDEO]

6 December 2019
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Brex Arevalo and Raiza Javier Conversion, commitment and connectedness – these were the three steps the Ecojesuit team undertook during the 2019 Annual Meeting in Mumbai, 22 to 24 November. The team gathered in India to strengthen the “wirearchy” by promoting deeper relationships throughout the global network. “We are not a hierarchy. We are...
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