Ecology

The people of Guyana voted in National and Regional elections on 11 May, with the Jesuits urging that people move beyond the racial tensions that have marred the electoral process since independence. Guyana is much more than the small coastal strip where the sugar plantations used to be. If the descendants of the slaves brought from Africa and the Indentured labourers brought from India to work on those plantations, could turn their gaze inland, they would recognise that the real wealth of the...
Earth Day 2015
Regarded by many as the birth of the modern environmental movement, Earth Day began exactly 45 years ago today.  On 22 April 1970, millions of Americans took to the streets in response to a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Mobilised by Senator Gaylord Nelson and inspired by the student anti-war movement, those early environmental pioneers sought to infuse protest energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution to force environmental protection up...
Lakes in Croatia, credit Bruno Monginoux
The Word emanating from Vatican corridors is that we can expect to see the long awaited environment-themed encyclical at some point during 2015.The exact date has not been disclosed, but it could coincide with Francis’ apostolic visit to the Philippines in January, a country where the Catholic Church has been something of a trailblazer on environmental issues.  Alternative possibilities are April 22 (World Earth Day) or October 4, the Feast of St. Francis (patron saint of ecology).Another...
Jesuits who work across the vast Amazonian rainforest are collaborating to protect the world’s largest eco-system – and its peoples – from destruction. Together with their lay partners, they met recently in Manaus, Brazil, with representatives from various non-governmental organisations and funding agencies, as well as from school and university networks, for the launch of the Pan-Amazonian Project.The project, which is an initiative of CPAL, the Conference of Latin American...
A morning of reflection on a Christian approach to becoming reconciled with creation will take place in the Marie Eugenie room at Heythrop College from 9.30am until 1pm.9.30    Welcome with coffee and tea10.00 Myles Allen (http://www.eci.ox.ac.uk/people/allenmyles.php) - Climate Change: causes and consequences           Mary Colwell (http://curlewmedia.com/mary-colwell) - It is not just about Climate Change12.00  Coffee and...