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Jesuit engagement in mining discussions: Seeking the ethical basis for human development

30 June 2012

Mariel de Jesus and Pedro Walpole, SJ As the Philippines awaits the Aquino administration’s new take on mining, it is valuable to revisit some of the issues and concerns surrounding mining in the Philippines. We can only hope that the new executive order takes these issues into consideration and seeks productive ways forward in...
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Effect of rising seas on water levels: Records from Manila and Davao

14 June 2012
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Wendy Clavano, PhD (Third of three parts) The increasing volume of the world’s ocean has been observed using various measurements that include a global coverage of sea surface heights by satellite altimeters and relative sea level by tide gauges at various locations.  Although the long-term records show an increase in the global average, some...
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Sea-level rise in the Philippines: ENSO and monsoon influences

31 May 2012
El tifón Muifa y la tormenta tropical Nock-ten sopló en las Filipinas, agosto de 2011. Foto de: NOAA

(Second of three parts) Wendy Clavano, PhD As the Earth rotates around the sun and energy is moved from the equator poleward, the ocean-atmosphere system responds by creating currents in the ocean where in places are large enough to be essentially permanent.  As the trade winds blow westward just above the equator, water is...
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Changing sea levels: The global context and Philippine coastal vulnerability

30 April 2012
Davao City y su costa. Foto de: Pedro Walpole

Wendy Clavano, PhD (First of three parts) Sea levels are changing around the world and although natural variation is expected, there is an observed global rise on average.  This article, the first in a series of three, will attempt to provide information about the main causes of the change, why they differ with location,...
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CYNESA, the Catholic youth response to environmental challenges in Africa

16 April 2012
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Allen Ottaro, Ngonidzashe Edward, SJ, and Tafara Ruvimbo Dandadzi Despite the large numbers of Catholic youth that the Church in Africa is proud of, there exist only few initiatives addressing environmental concerns that are emerging from, and led by, the youth in Africa.  The duty to promote and safeguard the environment is “the responsibility...
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Ignatian Colleagues Program: Advancing mission partners for Jesuit higher education

30 March 2012

The Ignatian Colleagues Program (ICP) seeks to develop Ignatian partners in Jesuit higher education who are capable of and committed to assuming leadership within the Ignatian spiritual and educational heritage and who will sustain their school’s Jesuit Catholic character into the future.  These partners will enhance local, regional, and national networks of Ignatian leaders...
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Ecoteología, a research team at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Bogotá, Colombia

19 March 2012
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Nelson Otaya, SJ Ecoteología is an interdisciplinary research team formed to reflect theologically on the environmental crisis and to evaluate environmental management programmes designed to lead towards a culture of sustainability.  Its focus is the relationship of  humankind, nature, and God. The team was created in 2002 by professors of theology and environmental studies...
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Ecological Education: Improving the relationship between people and nature

29 February 2012
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Angela R. Amarillo-Suárez Assuming that education is a key vehicle for the formation and transmission of culture, values and beliefs, one challenge imposed on us as educators is to nourish a ‘new type of human being,’ committed to improving the human relationship with the natural environment.  This objective involves working on several fronts. First...
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Farming as part of spiritual portfolio: Ignatius Jesuit Centre of Guelph, Canada

17 February 2012
Pasantes de la granja, comunidad comparte programas de agricultura. Foto de:

Marianne Karsh The Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, is a place of beauty and sustenance, a place to pray and play, a place where nature nurtures mind, body and soul.  It is home to several interdependent facilities and projects that collectively uphold the Jesuit mission.  Since 1964, Loyola House has welcomed more...
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Those who catch the rain: The Tribal Watershed Programme in India

18 January 2012
Excavación y recarga surcos en la tierra para atrapar el agua de lluvia. Foto de:

Judith Behnen It was an ecological disaster: where today the visitor finds only steppe, there once stood dense forests.  These were cut down to gather building materials or firewood and the roots processed to produce charcoal.  And the worst aspect is that the area was not reforested.  When the rare but heavy rainfall  broke,...
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