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Philippine bishops call for ecological conversion and hope in a climate emergency

31 July 2019
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The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) released a pastoral letter on 16 July titled An urgent call for ecological conversion, hope in the face of climate emergency and that Ecojesuit shares below. The Philippine bishops also identified 12 action points towards the end, committing to live the spirit and principles of Laudato Si’....
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Joint statement of Ecojesuit and Partners supporting urgent climate action

31 July 2019
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(Updated from the July 31 Editorial “Ecojesuit statement supporting the Global Climate Strike”. To support this joint statement, please visit this link.) Climate change “represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day” (Laudato Si’ 25) and poses a great threat to the dignity and rights of future generations. In June this year,...
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Ireland’s Climate Action Plan: Missed opportunity

30 June 2019
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Kevin Hargaden On 17 June, the Irish government published its long-awaited cross-departmental plan to address climate change, Climate Action Plan, and launched it with great fanfare and with promises to transform Ireland from a laggard around climate change into a world leader. The plan details how Ireland intends to “reduce and manage climate change...
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Ecojesuit supports climate emergency declarations

15 June 2019
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Ecojesuit strongly supports the recent declaration of a climate emergency by Pope Francis and his appeals for urgent collaborative action to this global challenge, with hope and with care and where young people and businesses take leading roles along with greater political action. The message of Pope Francis is clear and direct. He expresses...
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Pope Francis declares climate emergency, asks energy and investment executives for a just and radical transition to clean energy

15 June 2019
“Queridos amigos, ¡el tiempo apremia! Las reflexiones deben ir más allá de la mera exploración de lo que se puede hacer y enfocarse en lo que se necesita hacer, de hoy en adelante. No podemos permitirnos el lujo de esperar a que otros se adelanten, o dar prioridad a los beneficios económicos a corto plazo. La crisis climática requiere de nosotros una acción específica ahora mismo y la Iglesia está totalmente comprometida a hacer su parte.” (Papa Francisco, 14 de junio de 2019) Foto de: Vatican Media

Pope Francis recently addressed participants from the global energy and investment sector at the Vatican Dialogues organized by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and the University of Notre Dame.  During the summit titled The Energy Transition and Care for Our Common Home: A Dialogue on Risks, Opportunities, Challenges, and Paths from 12 to 14...
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Energy CEOs sign joint statements at the Vatican on carbon pricing and climate risk disclosures

15 June 2019
Finalizing the joint statements at the Vatican Transition Dialogue (Photo credit: theelders.org

Chief executive officers (CEOs) of major energy corporations and investment fund organizations, along with other institutions, signed joint statements on carbon pricing and climate risk disclosures, after a two-day summit and a meeting with Pope Francis who declared a climate emergency. This gathering, titled the Vatican Dialogues on The Energy Transition and Care for...
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Energy transition and corporation transformation: Climate responsibilities of business

15 June 2019
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There is a growing movement that seeks the reduction of emissions by corporations, emerging from the resistance to the growing power and influence that corporations have over the products that the world consumes. In particular, the energy sector has billions of dollars in investments and capital and has the potential to stop the use...
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Winners of Carbon Majors Inquiry Student Competition want PH to take global lead in climate justice

15 May 2019
The winning team from the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University: (L-R) Emma Doucette, Jacqueline Hartigan, Taya Arnold, and Chelsea Packman

In response to the dialogue process that emerged during the National Inquiry on Climate Change (NICC) undertaken by the Philippine Commission on Human Rights (CHR), a group of law students in Canada wants the Philippine government to take the lead in advocating for global climate justice. In their winning entry to the Carbon Majors Inquiry:...
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Fridays for climate in Madrid

31 March 2019
Students in Madrid, Spain joined the global call for school strikes for climate on 15 March. Photo credit: J Tatay

Jaime Tatay Nieto SJ Two weeks ago, a group of graduate students at Universidad Pontificia Comillas approached me and invited me to join the Fridays for Future climate change demonstration, a student-led protest started last August by Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager.  They knew I was part of a group of teachers trying to...
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Inspired by a young Swedish student’s solo protest on climate inaction, students around the world strike and demand climate action from their governments

19 February 2019
On 10 January, 3,000 young people took to the streets of Brussels, calling for climate action outside the European Parliament. A week later on 17 January, 12,500 came out (part of the crowd shown in this photo).

A protest that started with a 15-year-old Swedish girl who refused to go to school unless politicians start “prioritizing the climate question” has snowballed into a global movement fueled by children who want their adults to take urgent action on the changing climate. Thousands of students in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, and Australia have...
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