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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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A personal response to Laudato Si’

15 November 2018
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by Edmond Grace SJ Laudato Si’ marked a shift of perspective for me with regard to the everyday commitments called for by the ecological crisis in areas such as water usage, transport, food waste. I saw these commitments as a variation on Saint Augustine’s prayer for chastity: ‘Make me green, Lord, but not yet.’ I...
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Reflections on living Laudato Si’ from the HEST Cluster on Ecology and Environmental Challenges

15 October 2018
Europe's freshwater and marine resources may seem limitless but they are under increasing pressure from pollution, over-exploitation and climate change.  The European Environment Agency's (EEA) Signals 2018 (https://www.eea.europa.eu/signals/) explores the state and trends of Europe’s waters, asking how healthy rivers, lakes, groundwater resources and seas can be ensured for future generations.

Stefan Einsiedel Studying Laudato Si’ reminded me that caring for our common home doesn’t end with sustainable consumption. It means thinking about the common good and caring for each other. One aspect struck me particularly: “unity is greater than conflict” (LS 198). Pope Francis encourages believers to be “ever open to God’s grace and...
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Fundamental role of water in creation and human development: 2018 message of Pope Francis for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

31 August 2018
Vie communautaire et eau dans un village de Puerto Nariño, Amazonas, Colombie (Crédit photo: P Walpole)

Ecojesuit shares the message of Pope Francis for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation where he drew attention to water, its preciousness to life and fundamental role in creation and in human development, the privatization at the expense of human right to access water especially the poor, and the constant...
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