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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
Foto de: freevector.com

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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Engaging with indigenous young adults, from Bendum to Guyana

29 February 2012
Los adultos jóvenes de Bendum en aprendizaje albañilería, soldadura y habilidades de costura. Foto de: ESSC

Stefan Garcia, SJ I had come back to Bukidnon for the first time in seven years, somewhere that I have always described as my favorite place in the world.  This was my home visit to the Philippines, but it was also an opportunity to see a work that we could dream of setting up...
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Cities in transition: Towards a post-oil economy

17 February 2012
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Claire Wiliquet Consensus exists among analysts that oil reserves are finite: oil extraction has peaked and will soon start to decline.  The decrease in production, accompanied by an increase in demand, will necessarily result in rising oil prices.  The era in which oil was plentiful and cheap seems to have reached its end. Our...
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Educating about the environment in schools: why and how?

16 December 2011
Educación medioambiental, Guatemala. Foto de: atitala.org

Laure Malchair Today, more and more schools participate in environmental education projects, from kindergarten to high school.  This concern is new, and it is the result of the ecological emergency that we face today.  Since environmental and crisis experiences are intrinsically linked, it is logically consistent for schools, acting in the social sector, to...
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God expects us also beyond the frontiers

24 November 2011
Indigenous Yanomami youth community members in Xapuri, Acre, Brazil. Photo Credit: Equipe Itinerante

Fernando Lopez, SJ in an interview on his encounters with indigenous cultures Fernando López, born in 1960 in Spain, entered the Society in 1985 and is a member of the North-East Brazil Province (Região dependente Brasil Amazônia, BAM).  He is also a member of Equipe Itinerante, a group that travels along the rivers of...
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