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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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The green journey of Tarumitra with the youth

26 November 2019
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Devopriya Dutta Tarumitra  (friends of trees in Hindi and Sanskrit) is a movement that evolved from the Forum for Environment that students started in 1988, with a focus on the conservation of biodiversity and promotion of ecological sensitivity. This students’ movement is now working in 23 states of India and with around 2,000 schools...
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Knowing conversion, being disturbed, and building trust in a network: Day 1 of the 2019 Ecojesuit Annual Meeting

23 November 2019
A warm welcome in Mumbai, India for the 2019 Ecojesuit Annual Meeting team

Brex Arevalo How do I know conversion has happened in my life? This question set the tone for the first day of the 2019 Ecojesuit Annual Meeting in Mumbai, India (22-24 November), during which we seek to: reflect on the narrative we are shaping as the Ecojesuit network, understand more about effective networking, and...
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Youth climate action

30 September 2019
Youth leaders demand bold action on climate change at the UN

Ecojesuit and partners across the six Conferences took part in the Global Climate Strike activities from 20 to 27 September in solidarity with parallel climate actions globally, mainly youth-led demonstrations calling for greater climate action from governments and major oil and gas companies. Jesuit institutions and partners took to the streets, classrooms, and communities...
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Ecojesuit and the Don Bosco Green Alliance, collaborating with the youth for a hope-filled future

31 August 2019
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Brex Arevalo Ecojesuit and the Don Bosco Green Alliance are collaborating in a partnership to promote global youth environmental action, finding a common ground in youth accompaniment as an integral part of life-mission as expressed in the Universal Apostolic Preferences. The Don Bosco Green Alliance is the international “green Salesian network of young people...
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Australian youth join JCAP workshop on discernment, depth, action and mission

15 July 2019
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Four young Australians are joining a Living Laudato Si’ Spirituality for Action workshop in the Philippines with high hopes and with expectations to deepen their knowledge of ecology across Asia-Pacific, reflect on Laudato Si’, hear Jesuit wisdom and experience, and explore how, as individuals and groups, they can live Laudato Si’. The Reconciliation with...
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A report from Miyako Island: What is happening on the small islands of Okinawa?

30 June 2019
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Sakaguchi Seiko, Pastor of Miyakojima Church, United Church of Christ in Japan Miyako Island (Miyakojima City in Okinawa Prefecture) is located approximately 300 kilometers distant from the main island of Okinawa, Japan. It is in the center of the so-called Ryuku Arc, a string of islands fanning out from northeast to southwest. Some 55,000...
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Energy transition and corporation transformation: Climate responsibilities of business

15 June 2019
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There is a growing movement that seeks the reduction of emissions by corporations, emerging from the resistance to the growing power and influence that corporations have over the products that the world consumes. In particular, the energy sector has billions of dollars in investments and capital and has the potential to stop the use...
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