environment

Ecojesuit strongly supports the recent declaration of a climate emergency by Pope Francis and his appeals for urgent collaborative action to this global challenge, with hope and with care and where young people and businesses take leading roles along with greater political action.The message of Pope Francis is clear and direct. He expresses the urgency and depth of the problem facing humanity. “We do not have the luxury of waiting for others to step forward, or of prioritizing short-term...
Three Jesuits along with one lay collaborator participated in the 4th Assembly of the United Nations for the environment recently held in Nairobi –  James Kayanda SJ (Eastern Africa Province), Adrian Makasa Chikwamo SJ (Zambia-Malawi) and Ghislain Tshikendwa Matadi SJ (Africa Centr.) and Miss Elizabeth Auma, a lay collaborator in the Communications Department of the Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network.The theme of the environment was scrutinized with rigour and realism. The organizers had...
Jesuits in Britain have recently signed up to two initiatives by the Sustainable Funds Group of Stewart Investors which aim to contribute to the sustainable development of the countries in which they operate.Br Stephen Power SJ, Treasurer of the Jesuits in Britain, says: “The Jesuits in Britain are concerned that we address ethical issues connected with the companies and industries in which we invest. Through like-minded networks, such as the Church Investors Group and ShareAction, we advocate...
Students from Gonzaga College SJ and Belvedere College SJ, in Dublin, have been taking part in  two recent ‘Fridays for Future’ demonstrations outside Leinster House.On Friday 1st February, a group of 17 Transition Year students from Gonzaga attended the event, accompanied by Ms Siobhán McNamara, Ms Elisabeth Clarke and Mr David Keenahan. On Friday 1st March, 10 Fifth Year students went to the demonstration, again accompanied by Ms Siobhán McNamara and Ms Elisabeth Clarke. On both...
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...

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