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JESC calls for stories on building our common home: Faces of climate change

19 March 2020
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The power of stories from real people in real situations about how the climate crisis affects their lives and livelihoods and how they are building our common home inspired the Jesuit European Social Centre (JESC) to launch Faces of Climate Change, a new section of the JESC monthly ecology newsletter, Eco-Bites. The invitation to...
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Climate change and conflict in Africa: The message to the Amazon Synod in Rome and COP25 in Madrid

13 December 2019
Forest disturbance drivers illustrated as (A) reference disturbance driver for each sampled pixel, and (B) national estimates of 2000 to 2014 forest loss area by disturbance driver. (Source: Congo Basin forest loss dominated by increasing smallholder clearing [https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/11/eaat2993] by A Tyukavina et al, from Science Advances, 7 November 2018, Volume 4, No 11.) In this, regional assessment of forest disturbance dynamics from 2000 to 2014 in the Congo Basin countries using time-series satellite data, “an estimated 84% of forest disturbance area in the region is due to small-scale, nonmechanized forest clearing for agriculture… (with) (s)elective logging as the second most significant disturbance driver…Maintaining natural forest cover in the Congo Basin into the future will be challenged by an expected fivefold population growth by 2100 and allocation of industrial timber harvesting and large-scale agricultural development inside remaining old-growth forests.

Rigobert Minani Bihuzo SJ The relation between climate change and conflict need to be addressed by the Church and COP 25. This is one of the messages of the Ecclesial Network of the Congo Basin Forest (Réseau ecclésial du Bassin du Congo or REBAC) to the synod in Rome and COP25 in Madrid. One of...
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Religions facing the challenge of climate change

13 December 2019
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Jaime Tatay SJ The Ministry for the Ecological Transition of the Government of Spain raised the possibility of organising an interreligious dialogue round table in the context of the COP25 in Madrid and on 12 December, representatives of four major religions met in the IFEMA Convention Center for a roundtable discussion on the Role of...
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An occasion where humanity in crisis acts before history repeats itself

11 December 2019
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Pedro Walpole SJ Half a million people marched in the evening light of 6 December along Paseo del Prado in the center of Madrid. A few groups of small children with their parents and teachers had their little placards and enjoyed the excitement. It was apeaceful, celebratory event with cheers and chants but clearly...
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Non-state actors promoting and collaborating on local knowledge and initiatives for climate action

9 December 2019
Local and indigenous knowledge to climate action at the 2nd Capacity-building Hub during COP25 Madrid with Ecojesuit and the Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities as key

Pedro Walpole SJ We are here at COP25 Madrid for climate action, recognizing the scientific knowledge, the state of political inaction, and the call for greater peace in a world where conflicts are growing. While recognizing the important role of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as a valuable inter-governmental platform and...
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Young climate activists ask leaders not to ignore the science: Why we strike again

9 December 2019
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Greta Thunberg, Luisa Neubauer, Angela Valenzuela Ecojesuit shares this article released before COP25 started in Madrid, Spain and written by three young women climate activists from Sweden, Germany, and Chile who are leading and inspiring student and youth climate strikes in different parts of the world. For more than a year, children and young...
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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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