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Where are we heading? From Bendum to Rio and back again

14 August 2012
Jaime Tatay, SJ. Foto de: Jesuitas y amigos trabajando por el futuro que queremos en Río

Pedro Walpole, SJ I went from a mountain village in Southern Philippines to attend the global meetings in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the land of magnificent bornhardts and beaches.  Heading back up the mountains after the discussions, what do I have to bring with me and what do 50,000 other people returning home have...
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Buen Vivir of the youth in the People’s Summit

16 July 2012
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Franclim Brito, SJ and Renato Costa The Society of Jesus in Brazil organised a workshop activity during the People’s Summit at Rio+20 last 21 June 2012 entitled “La juventud quiere el Buen Vivir,” loosely translated as “the youth want the right to a good life.”  Three Jesuit institutions jointly prepared this workshop: Fe y...
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Good intentions are not enough

30 June 2012
Good intentions are not enough

Jose Ignacio García, SJ “Good intentions are not enough” is precisely the title of an article (reprinted in ESSCNews) written by our colleague, Peter Walpole, SJ as he was returning from the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in 1992 and held in Rio de Janeiro, also known as the Earth Summit. Peter...
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Chut Wutty’s light

30 June 2012
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Gabriel Lamug-Nañawa, SJ Once in a while, someone comes along and flashes a light on things that make others uncomfortable. May we never exchange light for darkness. Death in the forest On a hot sunny day 26 April 2012 in southwest Cambodia, Chut Wutty, director and founder of the Natural Resources Protection Group, was...
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Sustainability and participation

14 June 2012
Comunidades montañosas en Viet Nam discutir sobre la tierra y planes de gestión del agua. Foto de: Pedro Walpole

T.P. As a result of intense and lively debates about modern conceptions of governance, the active participation of the public in decision-making has gained an increasingly central role in environmental and sustainability programmes.  Political analysis has shown, that participatory processes not only possess an intrinsic value in terms of civic emancipation, but also serve...
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Energy and slavery

31 May 2012
Luces de la tierra. Foto de: industrial-energy.lbl.gov

Guillaume Emin The Bible often reminds us that sometimes we are called to special forms of spiritual awakening – particularly since we are born sometimes in situations where sin can easily be institutionalised or become taken for granted.  Numerous types of awakenings are needed today in the face of materialism, secularisation and religious indifference,...
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A path of life

30 April 2012
Rebasamiento ecológico mundial. Foto de: Global Footprint Network

Jean-Marie Faux, SJ The Gospels tell us that after his baptism by John in the Jordan, Jesus was tempted in the wilderness by the devil.  Matthew (4, 1-11) features a triple temptation and a threefold response by Jesus.  By reading this story today, at a time when we keenly perceive the excesses of our...
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The ecology of the conquest, a historical perspective

16 April 2012
Foto de: earthobservatory.nasa.gov

Alain Lipietz A civilization (Latin for the Greek “politicization”) always refers to a double conquest: the domination of one part of nature as a source, and the fortification of humanity in houses, cities, facing the hostile nature.  Every civilization is derived from a revolution started 10,000 years ago (and not all completed): the Neolithic...
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When we are not free: The role of teachers

30 March 2012
Teachers at APC. Photo Credit: APC

Pedro Walpole, SJ Today in the Philippines, the traditional respect for teachers as the point of truth and integrity in community is being whittled away, as has community.  And yet there are stories that show us all is not lost. I watch the teachers in our mountain community in Bukidnon, Philippines struggle with lesson...
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“Ecoreligion” and Christian faith

19 March 2012
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Robert Deinhammer, SJ The vital requirement to protect the planet’s ecosystems in a comprehensive and sustainable manner is – unfortunately – often undermined by developments that derive from within the environmental movements themselves, and manifest a kind of ideology.  What we can identify is a pseudo-religion that is not really new: we could call...
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