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Seeking environment and economic justice in the Pan-Amazonia

31 January 2018

  by Alfredo Ferro Medina SJ Pan-Amazonia is a territory that encompasses areas of nine countries with seven million square kilometers and covers a third of all of South America.  The future of the planet depends a lot on the Amazon basin.  The future of all human beings also depends on our taking care...
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Learning from Indigenous Peoples in Guyana: Relationships matter

31 October 2017
Pope Francis in Colombia, September 2017

Joel Thompson SJ New ways of relating to the earth and to each other are needed.  Dialoguing with indigenous peoples provides a way of broadening our imagination while working with those who will be most affected by environmental change.  “Christian spirituality proposes an alternative understanding of the quality of life, and encourages a prophetic...
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Redesigning food systems in Chiapas, Mexico

15 May 2017
Mujeres tseltales seleccionan su café a mano. Foto de: Enrique Carrasco, SJ-Canadian Jesuits International

Emilio Travieso, SJ We need to reinvent our food systems.  The dominant model of industrialised agriculture and globalised capitalist markets has failed to solve the problem of hunger, despite producing more than enough food for the needs of the world’s population.  Meanwhile, it is harming the environment, creating inequality, and contributing to health problems....
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US Jesuits call Dakota Access Pipeline decision “morally unacceptable”

28 February 2017
“Aquí se encuentra un importante punto de discordia entre la reserva y las empresas de gasoductos. Los Pueblos Indígenas tienen una gran reverencia por la tierra y el agua. Ellos saben que una calidad de vida razonable es imposible sin agua limpia y tierra apropiadamente manejada. Los mismos Pueblos Indígenas han sido testigos de la destrucción que la industria del petróleo y el gas ha hecho desde que se perforaron los primeros pozos." (De "Un Informe Especial sobre el Oleoducto Dakota Access en Standing Rock", The Millennium Report, 29 de octubre de 2016). Foto de:

The US and Canada Provinces of the Society of Jesus wish to share with Ecojesuit their recent commentary on the decision by the US Army Corps of Engineers  to grant the final easement allowing the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)  to be built under the Missouri River in North Dakota, USA, and doing away with...
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Standing Rock protests and UN concerns on human rights and indigenous peoples

30 November 2016
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Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe gathered the support of dozens of other tribes in North Dakota, USA, in recent months to protest the 1,172-mile (1,890 km) Dakota Access Pipeline, proposed in 2014 but expected to be completed this year. The pipeline, with a planned investment of US$ 3.8 billion and to be...
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Indigenous Peoples in 21st century Guyana: One People, One Nation, One Destiny

27 December 2013
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Paul Martin, SJ Amerindian Heritage Month is an annual observance in Guyana during September to honour its Indigenous Peoples. There is focus on languages, food, dance, lifestyles, and culture of the various Amerindian groups. But the point is that this is a celebration for all Guyanese, not just its Indigenous Peoples, as “they” are...
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Learning from Mabo: Uncontacted peoples, culture, and sovereignty

31 October 2013
El legado de contacto en los pueblos indígenas de Australia se refleja en la cultura tangible indígena contemporánea, es este caso en la obra del artista del desierto occidental Adrian Tjupurrula en su pintura Pueblos Pintupi en Kintore superarando los problemas de la inhalación de gasolina. Foto de: C Story

Christine Storry The potential of the landmark Australian High Court Mabo Case to inform the implementation of the UN Guidelines on uncontacted and isolated peoples in South America was presented before an international law conference audience last July during the 21st Australian and New Zealand International Law Conference. My paper Learning from Mabo: Uncontacted...
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Pope Francis, the environment, and Indigenous Peoples

31 July 2013
Atardecer en El Morichal en Bolivar, Venezuela. Foto de: Luis Carlos Díaz

Luis Santiago Cano At the most recent World Youth Day in Río de Janeiro, Brazil, Pope Francis conveyed a number of important messages not only for the Catholic community but also for the whole of humanity. Among them, there is one with a special meaning due to the venue, which is the Amazon: Pope...
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Of pig skulls and seminarian-shamans: Identity and the middle ground

15 November 2012
La ciudad de Cambulo en Banaue, Ifugao, Norte de Filipinas. Foto de: Mark Lopez

Scholastic Mark Lopez, SJ More than any of our lectures or readings in our course on Doing Contextual Theology in Dialogue with Indigenous Peoples with Father Jojo Fung, SJ, four people impressed upon me the challenges and the fruitfulness that await those who tread this path of learning, theologizing, and struggling to find the...
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Valuing ecosystem services

30 October 2012
Regeneración de las tierras altas de los bosques en la cuenca superior de Alta Pulangi en el norte de Mindanao, Filipinas. Foto de: ESSC

Rowena Soriaga Due to irrational use of natural resources largely driven by overconsumption, ecosystems are fast losing their regulating and supporting functions, including water regulation and purification, climate and disease regulation, soil formation and nutrient cycling.  As natural habitats shrink, ecosystem services previously enjoyed for free are becoming increasingly threatened.  This context has led...
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