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Humanity’s challenge: To work within the safe operating space of planetary and landscape boundaries

15 June 2014
W Steffen, P Crutzen, J McNeill, Crédit photo: M Klum

Andreas Carlgren This is what we humans face as the huge challenge for our common future: If we keep Earth within the safe operating space of planetary boundaries, and we work with and integrate within the boundaries of its landscapes, humanity and the world can thrive. But if we transgress these scientifically drawn boundaries,...
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Pope Francis’ call to be eco-revolutionaries

31 January 2014
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Al Fritsch, SJ A Christian who is not a revolutionary today is not a Christian. Pope Francis Being a Christian involves obedience. It’s easier to obey a superior we like unless he makes the likeable somewhat difficult. Jesuits, with our special vow, think this affable Pope is easy to follow when he asks us...
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Climate change 2013: The physical science basis and the human response needed

30 September 2013
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José Ignacio García, SJ The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a major effort by the scientific community to provide evidence to decision makers and the general public on the mechanisms and effects of climate change. This time, 259 authors from 39 different countries worked on voluntary basis, as it is the IPCC...
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Climate change and the dialogue with values

15 September 2013
La vida serena en Gällnö (archipiélago de Estocolmo), donde la cultura y el agua están cambiando, es un lugar para la reflexión.  Foto de: P Walpole

José Ignacio García, SJ and Pedro Walpole, SJ The Earth’s sustainability is at the heart of Ignatian advocacy as its core group for the ecology network  met during the World Water Week in Stockholm during the first week of September. One simple piece of wisdom that was clear is that when we start from...
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Climate change and sea level rise in Guyana

15 September 2013
Costa de Guyana en la que vive el 90% de la población. Foto de: P Walpole

Tash Van Doimen Guyana, situated on the northeast coast of South America, is considered a Caribbean country for historical reasons as well as political affiliation, being a member of the Caribbean community. It is not susceptible to hurricanes and typhoons like the rest of the Caribbean, however, it often falls victim to their spin-offs....
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Blessed are the peacemakers

15 January 2013
Foto de: Global Environmental Outlook 5, UNEP, 2012

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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Linking climate change and moral judgements

15 December 2012
SEstado del Clima Análisis Global, Octubre de 2012. Foto de: ncdc.noaa.gov

Stephen Rooney “As climate change fails to generate strong moral intuitions, it does not motivate an urgent need for action in the way that other moral imperatives do.” Whilst there is consensus among the science community pertaining to the reality and extent of rapid anthropogenic climate change and the necessity of urgent action to...
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Jesuit Refugee Service in Asia Pacific: Responding to climate-induced displacement

15 December 2012
De la publicación ADB 2012, Addressing Climate Change and Migration in Asia and the Pacific. Foto de: ADB

Ecojesuit shares this working paper by the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) developed in early 2011 as it increasingly responds to forced migration and displacement of people in the context of climate change.  This working paper was written collectively by many JRS workers who have experience in this topic and is not intended to be...
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Tackling displacement by natural disasters in sustainable development

20 June 2012
Foto de: Mundial estima 2011 por el Observatorio de Desplazamiento Interno, el Consejo Noruego para los Refugiados, junio 2012

Pedro Walpole “Over a million people have lost their lives since Rio ‘92 in disasters… 4.4 billion have been displaced, most internally…,” remarks Manuel Bessler of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid.  Asia’s highest displacement last year was in China due to monsoon flooding according to Elisabeth Rasmusson of the Norwegian Refugee Council, as she presented...
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Climate change and conflict

24 November 2011
Cities at low-elevation coastal zones. Photo Credit: unfpa.org

The Pentagon and other military establishments have long recognised climate change as a “threat multiplier” with the potential to escalate existing conflicts and create new disputes as food, water, and arable land become increasingly scarce. In 2007, under British presidency, the UN Security Council held a session  to assess the security impacts of climate...
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