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The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, Ireland: Responding to the greatest challenge of our age

15 November 2015
Glendalough, la vallée des deux lacs. Crédit photo: commons.wikimedia.org

Catherine Devitt I come from Glendalough, County Wicklow, located in the east of Ireland.  It’s a place of deep monastic tradition – Saint Kevin settled here in the 6th century – and incredible natural beauty, the valley itself carved out over time by glacial and fluvial dynamics and now home to extensive oak forests dating...
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CIDSE’s Paris, for the People and for the Planet: Placing the moral dimension of climate change at the core

15 November 2015
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CIDSE, an international global alliance of 17 Catholic development agencies working together for global justice put together a report that sets out CIDSE’s vision for the climate agreement, one that places the moral dimension of climate change at the core. Inspired by Laudato si’, Pope Francis’ environment encyclical, the CIDSE report entitled Paris, for...
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Strengths and weaknesses of Ignatian spirituality in the path towards ecological conversion

31 October 2015
«Si nous nous approchons de la nature et de l’environnement sans cette ouverture à l’étonnement et à l’émerveillement, si nous ne parlons plus le langage de la fraternité et de la beauté dans notre relation avec le monde, nos attitudes seront celles du dominateur, du consommateur ou du pur exploiteur de ressources, incapable de fixer des limites à ses intérêts immédiats. En revanche, si nous nous sentons intimement unis à tout ce qui existe, la sobriété et le souci de protection jailliront spontanément.» (Laudato si’, n.11) Crédit photo: P Walpole in Bendum, Philippines

José Ignacio García, SJ Ecology has become a crucial topic of our time. The present model of economic development based on huge industrialization and the consequent consumerism has become the core of our social life. This model is sustained by other important elements such as technological innovation, the advertising industry, and financial activity. There...
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Responding to protect and manage Africa’s equatorial forests through the Ecclesial Network of the Congo Basin

31 October 2015
Selon le projet REDD+PAC qui cherche à identifier les projet REDD+ efficients, la déforestation passée dans le Bassin du Congo «a été principalement menée par la collecte de bois de chauffe pour la cuisson et l'agriculture de subsistance.  L'agriculture itinérante est très répandue et résulte dans des paysages en mosaïque où les forêts à différents stades de croissance secondaire dominent.  Toutefois, cette situation qui se caractérise historiquement par de faibles taux de déforestation est sans doute susceptible de changer à cause des pressions croissantes de différents acteurs, y compris le développement d'infrastructures routières, de l'agro-industrie, du pétrole et de l'extraction minière, des exportations de bois, et de la croissance de la population.»

Reflecting on the contribution of the Catholic Church in Africa in the light of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’, a consultative workshop was held 8 and 9 October 2015 at Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on the creation of an Ecclesial Network of the Congo Basin or REBAC. The workshop is an...
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Laudato si’ and integral ecology: Do not be afraid

15 October 2015
El valor web y las fronteras planetarias. Foto de: International Civil Society Centre

Pedro Walpole “Do not be afraid” could well have been Pope Francis’ opening words in this encyclical, as he asks us to go deeper, and not to fear going deeper, into our daily life experience: “Inner peace is closely related to care for ecology and for the common good because, lived out authentically, it...
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Protecting the right of the environment and putting an end to social exclusion are inseparable, Pope Francis

30 September 2015
Foto de: social-spirituality.net

After having published the encyclical Laudato si’, Pope Francis is showing that his concerns for the “common home” are not isolated thoughts, but a main stream in his pontificate, placing the environment at the same level as that of poverty in the “moral agenda” of the Catholic Church. The visit to the United States...
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Shaping the future we want: Education for sustainability

31 August 2015
La Curación de la Tierra es un texto electrónico de ciencia viva ambiental para aumentar la conciencia de los problemas ambientales de nuestro planeta a través de las perspectivas adicionales de la ética, la espiritualidad y la acción. Escrito por 90 académicos de las universidades jesuitas de todo el mundo, es un libro de texto electrónico gratis para los estudiantes universitarios de primer año, cuarto año los estudiantes de secundaria y estudiantes adultos. Foto de: Jesuit Ecology Project/Loyola University Chicago

GIAN-Ecology The post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals serves as a framework for global development efforts for the next 15 years. The post-2015 education for all agenda  is an integral part of the sustainable development agenda, which was developed through a broad and inclusive consultative process. In shaping the future we want, we have to create...
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Dialogue on sustainability science and values: Seeking a transformative process

15 August 2015
Las fronteras planetarias también se pueden experimentar en los paisajes donde vivimos, ya sea en ciudades o en comunidades rurales, en zonas templadas o tropicales.  Los problemas locales, que puede que no sean los más críticos globalmente, están conectados en un modelo mayor de sucesos. Foto de: ESSC

Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN)-Ecology Our planet’s fragility and humanity’s vulnerability are increasingly laid bare through environmental and social concerns that challenge our generation. Prevailing social and economic development models can no longer remain indifferent to these realities. Meeting the challenge of a sustainable world requires a practical reckoning and an attitude of care...
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Greener churches and ethical investing: Helping shape environmental and social decisions

15 August 2015
Mercado dominical de frutas y verduras orgánicas de pequeños productores en la parroquia de la Archidiocesis de Cagayan de Oro en el norte de Mindanao, Filipinas. Foto de: S Miclat

Michael L Tan The papal encyclical Laudato si’ sparked many discussions about the relationship of religion to environmental conservation. What I’d like to see more of, especially in the Philippines, are greener churches, literally and figuratively. Churches in the Philippines – Catholic, Protestant, or Iglesia ni Cristo – as well as mosques, would do...
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An open-source teaching module on Laudato si’ and applied ethics

15 August 2015
El Centro Markkula de Ética Aplicada de la Universidad de Santa Clara en Santa Clara, California, USA

Following the release of the environmental encyclical Laudato Si’, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics  at Santa Clara University posted a teaching module that provides selections from the document, with background, specific discussion questions, and key points for classroom dialogue. The module permits both students and instructor to discuss the environmental encyclical and its...
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