environment

The conference “Radical Ecological Conversion After Laudato Si', Discovering the Intrinsic Value of all Creatures” held at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, 7-8 March 2018, was truly a memorable one. Kailean Khongsai, Community Project Manager at A Rocha (a Christian organization based in Southall engaging communities in nature conservation), was invited to speak and learned a great deal from listening and interacting with other speakers on the issue of caring for the planet. A Rocha...
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‘In today’s world, hunger, violence and poverty cannot be understood apart from the changes and degradation affecting the environment.’ Pope Francis’ recognition of this led him to introduce an eighth work of mercy in 2016: ‘care for our common home’. Anna Rowlands and Robert Czerny survey the long and living tradition in which this new work of mercy stands. In his message for the 2016 World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Show Mercy to our Common Home, Pope Francis surprised many...
Henry Longbottom SJ (centre front row) with co-workers
Between 6 to 17 November, over 30 Jesuits and co-workers belonging to the Ecojesuit network participated in events during the UN COP23 climate change conference held in the German city of Bonn. Among them were two members of the Jesuit European Social Centre team, Peter Rožič SJ and Henry Longbottom SJ, pictured front row, third from right. COP23 – What happened on the international stageConference of Parties (“COP”) summits take place annually.  This year, nearly 200...
The Round Table event at the Chapel of the Resurrection, Brussels
As the UK prepares to trigger Article 50 this week and to begin its withdrawal from the European Union, the Jesuits in Brussels - including a scholastic from Britain - have been exploring issues relating to conflict minerals, respect for human rights and European consumer behaviour. Henry Longbottom SJ from the Jesuit European Social Centre (JESC) joined representatives from the Africa Europe Faith and Justice Network and the Justice and Peace Commission for a Round Table and photo exhibition,...
Care for the environment has been a key issue for this pontificate. Credit: Wikipedia
Pope Francis has called on Christians of all denominations to engage in a major global ecumenical stewardship initiative, as we prepare to celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation tomorrow (Thursday, 1 September).Originally an initiative of the Orthodox Church, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation started in 1989; Pope Francis went on to establish it as an event for the Catholic Church in a letter last year to Cardinal Peter Turkson, the President of the Pontifical...
Celebrating our earth: 8 - 16 October 2016. Credit: pixabay
Supporters of Jesuit Missions are being encouraged to join a Week of Action to ensure that climate change remains on the agenda of politicians and the world’s decision-makers. The Week, organised by The Climate Coalition of which Jesuit Missions is a member, aims to celebrate the people, places and things we want to protect from climate change and to send a clear message to Members of Parliament.“We’ll be seeing nature walks, tea parties, classic lobbies, community energy...
Jesuits and their associates joined those urging change at COP21 in Paris. Credit: flickr
The Jesuits in Britain are among the 130 investors who have written to the leaders of the G20 nations, urging them to ensure the transition to the low-carbon, clean energy economy agreed at the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21) last year is implemented as quickly as possible.In their letter, the subject of an article in the Financial Times, the investors point out that governments “have a responsibility to work with the private sector to ensure that this transition happens fast...
GC36 is to put the environment at the heart of its deliberations
Jesuits involved in ecology and the environment are calling for a “renewed imagination”, as they prepare for their 36th General Congregation (GC36). Writing on the Ecojesuit website, they urge delegates at the meeting that will take place in Rome from 3 October to offer “new prospects so the Society of Jesus can respond – as a body – to the environmental and poverty challenges our world is facing”.In an article posted on 31 July – the Feast of the...
Olivia Walter with the Stonyhurst Environmental Society
Members of the Environmental Society at Stonyhurst College have been learning about Sumatran tigers from someone who has encountered them at close range and is actively working to stop them being poached. Olivia Walter was the Society’s guest speaker last week, describing the huge threat that Sumatran tigers are under from poachers in Kerinci Seblat National Park in Sumatra.Olivia is the Development Manager of Wildlife Vets International and last October she accompanied a group that walked...
Jesuit Missions produces a wide range of resources for primary & secondary schools
Riding on a wave of some amazing achievements last year, Jesuit Missions is looking forward to another full year of producing thought-provoking resources for schools.Beginning this Lent (which starts on 10 February 2016), Jesuit Missions has prepared Our Common Home - a set of four weekly PowerPoints, designed for school assemblies. It follows a similar format to last year's Great Hope but with an even stronger emphasis on the environment.Week One: Finding God in all thingsWeek Two: The life of...

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