The Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES) recently launched Voices, its video project series on conferences and networks. Pedro Walpole SJ, GIAN-Ecology (Ecojesuit) Global Coordinator, is one of the voices featured.
Ecojesuit brings together Jesuit institutions and others to address global ecological challenges, to amplify the voices of vulnerable Indigenous Peoples, youth, farmers, and marginalized communities facing environmental risks. Ecojesuit actively engages in sharing stories and actions from local and regional levels, connecting them to global discussions.
Watch and listen to Voice: GIAN-Ecology video, along with Filipe Martins SJ of the Jesuit Conference of European Provincials, to know more. SJES welcomes all to listen, share, connect, and contribute to those featured in Voices in making this world a better place to live.
I am Pedro Walpole leader of Ecojesuit, the GIAN-Ecology network. We work with local people and local situations, bringing voices to the global. We work through many organizations and institutions, Jesuit and otherwise, to try to share the goodness of the land and the life where we live.
We’ve got to bring this ecology and economy together, the oikos, the household of this planet. We have to work together.
So, we bring stories and actions from local and regional levels and try to connect them with the global. These include especially Indigenous Peoples, their voices, and the youth of a generation much insecure with how we’re managing the world today.
We try to bring their stories and the conditions of farmers and marginal communities of migrants and the risks of environmental disaster that they face. Whether it be on the islands in Oceania where sea level rises, whether it’s in the drought areas of Africa, we need much greater accompaniment of the millions of people, the billions of people in the margins, so that we can live in one world together.
That’s what an integral ecology is about. That’s what Laudato Si’ is about.
And so, as we gather the actions like recent actions in Africa, where there it be food insecurity that’s there.
We also try to contribute to the UN discussions on blue foods, some good discussions in Lisbon recently, whether it be in terms of the disasters and who is suffering from the extreme heat.
We have to come together with a new shared vision for the human family so that we can live in peace and sustainability with all life on this planet. As we know, there’s one planet. And we need to share in the future that gives sustainability to all and not to a few.
Our biggest challenge today often comes in terms of our carbon footprint. So each one of us needs to discern our own lifestyle, to seek a greater and a simpler well-being for our own self, for our community. We need often to find community again and live together in a relationship that can contribute to a societal change, that can contribute to the global change.
In this, the youth are so important. We need a new political reference which is a reference of reconciliation, of bringing people together, of giving hope to the youth and allowing them to participate in the decisions that are going to affect their lives.
So, this is very humbly what we try to bring to global exchange and to the tables for negotiation.