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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: jesuitcommons.org

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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The forestry plantations of San Ignacio del Masparro, Venezuela (Fe y Alegría)

16 December 2011
Students of San Ignacio in the forest plantation, Masparro. Photo credit: Cus Arzubialde

Cus Arzubialde “It would be a victory over improvisation and futility that Fe y Alegría, in the future, could keep running good schools with the production of some forest timber, which could be planted, grown, and increased by its students and teachers. I imagine that these forests would have for them a sacred meaning,...
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Linking ecological passion and technology in Jesús Obrero, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

16 December 2011
Juego oca gigante “Nuestra tierra viva,” Aulas verdes. Foto de: Jesús Obrero

Eduardo Ochoa de Aspuru Jesús Obrero is a school where life is shared, promoting Basque culture and local action from a global perspective, and that trains people, both in their private and professional life, to develop a strong commitment for sustainability.  Jesús Obrero is a technical college and secondary school of the Society of...
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From roof to hearts, greening at Regis High School, New York, USA

16 December 2011
Exterior de Regis High School, New York, USA. Foto de: Regis High School

Philipp Judge, SJ The resources we enjoy today, the power and secrets of science we have discovered, cannot be absorbed by the narrow system of individual and national divisions which have so far served the leaders of the world. The age of nations is past. The task before us now, if we would not...
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Organic gardening: St Xavier’s Collegiate School, Kolkata leads the way

16 December 2011
Colegio San Javier, primero en ser reconocido por la corporación que evalúa los colegios en Calcuta. Foto de: Estudiantes del Colegio san Javier, Calcuta

Dr Xavier Savarimuthu, SJ St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, though situated in a cosmopolitan city like Kolkata, continues to learn from the bounties of nature.  The word of Yahweh after the creation of human beings was to “till and take care” (Gen 2:15). The student action group, Nature Club, took the initiative to do organic...
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Turning sewage into fresh water: Eco-ponds at Ocer Campion Jesuit College, Uganda

16 December 2011
Estudiantes de Ocer Campion crían 2000 alevines de tilapia , en un estanque del colegio.  Foto de: colegio Ocer Campion de los jesuitas

Jim Strzok, SJ A lot of our motivation at Ocer Campion Jesuit College (a Jesuit secondary school in Gulu, Uganda) for being environmentally friendly comes from living under the shadow, sometimes under the gaze, of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).  As UNEP’s headquarters are situated in Nairobi, Kenya, where we live as a...
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Culture and ecology at APC, Philippines

16 December 2011
Estudiantes de Pulangiyen. Foto de: Pedro Walpole

Pedro Walpole, SJ Cultural and personal identity are central in forming children’s environmental attitudes during elementary and high school for the Pulangiyen community, an upland indigenous community in northern Mindanao in the Philippines. The Apu Palamguwan Cultural Education Center (APC) is a school that emerged from the desires of the Pulangiyen people on the...
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Informing tribal decision makers: Stream biomonitoring at the Colville Indian Reservation

24 November 2011
Ganado en la reserva india de Coville en Washington, USA. Foto de: Joseph Fortier, SJ

Joseph Fortier, SJ In Father General’s document on ecology, “Healing a Broken World,” the introduction begins by reminding us that an important part of the Society’s mission is to respond to ecological and environmental challenges.  The starting point of my project, which is to develop a stream biomonitoring program at the Colville Indian Reservation...
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Empowering rural communities in Zambia: Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre

24 October 2011
Solar box oven manufactured at KATC. Photo Credit: KATC

Paul Desmarais, SJ Developing local strategies to conserve environmental resources, and providing lifelong education in sustainable farming: these are the central tasks of the Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre (KATC) in Zambia.  Situated about 30 km northeast of Lusaka, Zambia’s capital and largest city, the Centre retrains rural subsistence farmers in organic agriculture.  Operated by...
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Flights for Forests

20 September 2011
Para la juventud ambiente, Battambang-Cambodia. Foto de: Sch. Mark Lopez,SJ

Aviation accounts for 4 to 9 percent of the climate change impact of human activity.  With more and more people flying, air travel is set to become the world’s largest single contributor to environmental damage and global warming. Recognising that the Jesuit mission requires many Jesuits to fly frequently to work together for greater...
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