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Forests and communities for peace and wellbeing: The need to remain grounded

10 July 2019
Forests for peace and wellbeing, by Mr Kundan Chaudary from Nepal, Best Poster winner, APFW 2019: “In my art, I tried to portray a small part of a village surrounded by forests. In rural Nepal, people depend on forests to fulfill basic needs like rearing animals, firewood, and timber. Women carrying fodder for animals depicts one positive impact of forests on people’s livelihood through animal husbandry. Availability of gently flowing water in the river for animals to drink is a result of good forest management. Forests allow birds to peacefully enjoy the environment and the beauty of nature.”

  Pedro Walpole SJ The theme of Forests for Peace and Wellbeing for the Asia-Pacific Forestry Week (APFW) 2019 in Incheon, Korea is a beautiful concept that we are challenged to live and make real. It comes from deep within the Korean culture and experience of today, and for this we are very grateful...
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How can the Ignatian family collaborate towards a sustainable development for our common home?

9 July 2019
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In an effort to explore building a broader solidarity through the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a platform and international framework for collaborative action in the Ignatian family and beyond, a Jesuit delegation is taking part in the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) from 9 to 18 July in New...
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Pope Francis declares climate emergency, asks energy and investment executives for a just and radical transition to clean energy

15 June 2019
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Pope Francis recently addressed participants from the global energy and investment sector at the Vatican Dialogues organized by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and the University of Notre Dame.  During the summit titled The Energy Transition and Care for Our Common Home: A Dialogue on Risks, Opportunities, Challenges, and Paths from 12 to 14...
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Freedom and survival: Living the contradictions

17 May 2019
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Pedro Walpole SJ We face the present grave realities of climate disasters, maldistribution of food, fossil fuels, unmanaged urbanization, biodiversity loss; yet, we need to live openly these contradictions – these wounds – with hope and in this way open a broader process for engaging the youth. The contradictions of how we live, however,...
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Fridays for climate in Madrid

31 March 2019
Students in Madrid, Spain joined the global call for school strikes for climate on 15 March. Photo credit: J Tatay

Jaime Tatay Nieto SJ Two weeks ago, a group of graduate students at Universidad Pontificia Comillas approached me and invited me to join the Fridays for Future climate change demonstration, a student-led protest started last August by Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager.  They knew I was part of a group of teachers trying to...
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Religions and the SDGs: The injustice that brings tears to our world and to its poor is not invincible

15 March 2019
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Ecojesuit shares the address of Pope Francis to participants at the International Conference on Religions and Sustainable Development Goals held at the Vatican from 7 to 9 March 2019. I greet all of you gathered for this International Conference on Religions and the Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability and Inclusion When we speak of sustainability, we cannot...
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REPAM: Shaping a church with an Amazon face and an indigenous face

19 February 2019
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“Each culture and each worldview that receives the Gospel enriches the Church by showing a new aspect of Christ’s face. The Church is not alien to your problems and your lives, she does not want to be aloof from your way of life and organization. We need the native peoples to shape the culture...
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Living Laudato Si’

31 January 2019
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by Catherine Devitt Laudato Si’ offers a deep ethical and spiritual meaning of what personal and societal transformation could look like in the age of climate breakdown and ecological loss – an approach that goes beyond the superficial expressions of the word so often found in the policy literature to which I am generally exposed...
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Fly around the world – or give up some of the privileges I’ve laid claim on

12 December 2018
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by Andreas Carlgren I belong to a global group of privileged, high consuming individuals, living in relatively stable parts of the world. Having benefitted from years of costly education I have spent a professional career among fellow educators, decision-makers, and people in academia who are expected to travel around the world. We think of ourselves...
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An ecologist’s reflections on the formation of the IAJU

30 November 2018
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by Nancy Tuchman I returned from an extraordinary meeting of the presidents of the 211 worldwide Jesuit universities that has made an impact on me from the perspective of an ecologist who is greatly concerned about the state of our planet. The conference took place at Universidad Deusto in Bilbao, Spain near the birthplace of...
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