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Blessed are the peacemakers

15 January 2013
Foto de: Global Environmental Outlook 5, UNEP, 2012

Al Fritsch, SJ Several issues require longer-term cooperative efforts.  Our world has a human-generated environmental “cliff,” namely, climate change effects:  frequent weather extremes, oceans rising 3.2 millimeters per year, and carbon dioxide increasing at 2 ppm per year and expected to reach a catastrophic 650 ppm by 2050, or a 4oC temperature rise.  Europe...
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Reflections on China’s environmental protection administration system

31 December 2012
Agricultura y reforestación en el oeste de China, la necesidad de asegurar el suministro de agua. Foto de: P. Walpole

Dr Ziran Bao Ecojesuit shares these interesting notes from Dr Ziran Bao, a Senior Engineer at the Centre for Environmental Education and Communications, Ministry of Environmental Protection in China.  These notes were based on a paper she shared during an international workshop at the Mateo Ricci Institute last 7 and 8 November 2012 entitled...
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The dream of an older Jesuit

15 December 2012
Foto de: actapublications.com & csjthewell.org

John Surette, SJ (NEN) “Your old men shall dream dreams and your young men shall see visions.” (Joel 3:1) I have been a member of our Society for fifty-five years and have just turned seventy-eight years of age.  On the occasion of my birthday I desire to share with you my dream for our...
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A green church

30 November 2012
Parroquia Pedro Canisio (St Peter Canisius Church) en Nijmegen, Países Bajos. Foto de: petruscanisiusparochie.nl

Jan Stuyt, SJ, translated from Dutch by T.P. The Church has the mission to preserve the life of the earth.  She defends the unborn life.  But what if there will not be any habitable earth in the future? Herman Philipse, professor of philosophy at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands, recently wrote an...
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Of pig skulls and seminarian-shamans: Identity and the middle ground

15 November 2012
La ciudad de Cambulo en Banaue, Ifugao, Norte de Filipinas. Foto de: Mark Lopez

Scholastic Mark Lopez, SJ More than any of our lectures or readings in our course on Doing Contextual Theology in Dialogue with Indigenous Peoples with Father Jojo Fung, SJ, four people impressed upon me the challenges and the fruitfulness that await those who tread this path of learning, theologizing, and struggling to find the...
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Silent spring to silent transformation: Six reasons for our environmental concern

30 October 2012
La Primavera silenciosa por Rachel Carson fue publicada hace 50 años en el septiembre de 1962. Foto de: Sterling College

Jaime Tatay, SJ This year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Silent Spring, a book written by Rachel Carson that prompted the concern about the environment in developed countries, exposing the dangers of pesticide use in farming, wildlife, and people’s health. Since the American biologist first drew attention to the effects of industrial...
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The Second Vatican Council and ecology

15 October 2012
Foto de: vatican2.org

The Church is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council or Vatican II, arguably the most important event in the contemporary history of the Catholic Church.  Pope John XXIII convened the Council to adapt (aggiornar) the Church to a world that appeared new and surprising.  Instead of the European...
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When faith inspires new understandings

30 September 2012
Foto de: Chrétiens et pic de pétrole

Chrétiens et pic de pétrole (Christians and Peak Oil) Chrétiens et pic de pétrole (Christians and Peak Oil) or CPP is a study group established in 2008 in Lyon, France which questions the culture of excess that has invaded Western consciousness. Its aims are to rely on the results of scientific and anthropological research...
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Governance of natural and mineral resources

15 September 2012
Miembros participantes de GIAN-GNMR, Londres, Septiembre 2012

Michael Livingstone Throughout the world, many communities are struggling to deal with the consequences of extraction and exploitation of natural and mineral resources.  The problems that poor and marginalised communities often face include the loss of lands on which their livelihoods depend, with little or no compensation, environmental degradation, health related impacts, and conflict...
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Ecological dimension of internal migration and displacement

31 August 2012
Inundaciones en Haití. Foto de: policyinnovations.org

Mariel de Jesus In a conference hosted by Jesuit institutes and universities from the Philippines and Europe, four thematics were increasingly seen as the drivers of internal migration: livelihood, resource tenure, vulnerability to environmental risk, and conflict. Ecology is seen as a critical dimension and a cross-cutting issue in the discussion of migration and...
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