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A spirituality that reconciles us with creation

30 June 2013

José Ignacio Garcia, SJ The latest issue of Promotio Iustitiae, the highly-respected publication of the Social Apostolate, is titled “A spirituality that reconciles us with creation” and was recently released by the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES) from the Jesuit Curia in Rome. Ecojesuit strongly recommends the reading of this valuable issue and...
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EITI in the Philippines, a step forward globally but problems remain locally

15 June 2013

Pedro Walpole, SJ The Philippines was recently accepted as a candidate country to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a globally developed set of standards and processes that ensures more transparency and better governance of mineral resources in a country. The EITI process assures that what the company pays and what the government receives...
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Saint Ignatius in nature’s embrace: A 3-D view, Retrospective-Perspective-Reflective

31 May 2013

Hedwig Lewis, SJ Retrospective: Loyola Valley Guipúzcoa, Spain, in the 16th century, was one of three Basque Provinces (with Alava and Vizcaya) beyond the Pyrenees.1 At the end of the 15th century, the kingdom of Castile and Leon, of central and northern Spain claimed jurisdiction over the Basque province of Guipúzcoa where the house...
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What it is to climb a mountain

30 April 2013

Pedro Walpole, SJ China has one of the most expansive limestone plateaus in the world, and it is in south China that the most diverse karst landscape developed. The south is believed to have the largest single karst area in the world, including eastern Yunnan. China’s karst landscape stretches through eight provinces in southern...
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Sustainability in the Pyrénées

31 March 2013

Maria Laguna Marin-Yaseli, PhD Long before Spain joined the European Union (EU), a growing concern for the future of mountain regions had begun within Spanish society. Mountain regions are rugged, hostile environments for human societies.  But in spite of the many challenges people face in these places, mountain towns in Spain have historically managed...
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Give me water… the living water!

15 March 2013

Ecumenical Water Network The Ecumenical Water Network (EWN) is an international network of churches and Christian organisations providing materials about the global water crisis and community-based initiatives and coordinating advocacy towards the recognition and implementation of the human right to water. To raise awareness about World Water Day which takes place on 22nd March...
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Indigenous resistance and the right to consultation in Ixcán, Guatemala

28 February 2013

Alicia Alemán Arrastio The case of the communities of Ixcán, in the northern area of Guatemala, illustrates the contemporary phenomenon of the growing pressure on the land and the natural resources which confronts the resistance of the local population, within a context of militarization.  The social action of the indigenous and peasant communities of...
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Living lightly and lovingly

15 February 2013

Scholastic Garrett Gundlach, SJ I have to admit right away that the main reason why people call me a ‘Jesuit tree hugger’ is because I literally hug trees.  In fact, Google-image-search my name, and the proof is right there, in green plaid and brown bark.  But with a semester under my belt as a...
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A reflection on soils: Groundlessly unnoticeable but heavenly crucial

31 January 2013

Professor Kyungsoo Yoo I grew up in Seoul, one of the largest mega cities in Asia and the world.  When I was a child, Seoul showcased the good and bad symptoms of a rapidly industrializing economy.  My pre-school years were spent playing soccer and catching bugs.  Our soccer field had to be given up...
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Blessed are the peacemakers

15 January 2013

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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