environment

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...
'The only world we have': Earth from space
Today, as Tim Peake (the first official UK Astronaut to go into space) spends his first full day on the International Space Station, I find myself pondering and marvelling at the limitlessness of human capacity. Admittedly, I even got a little emotional thinking about the bravery and childlike wonder of humanity, which at its very core, pursues the understanding of our world and beyond.With this in mind, I think back to Saturday night as I was enjoying a (somewhat) well deserved (vegetarian)...
The Taize service at the Church of St Ignatius, Paris: Donna Schaper
As environmentalists and social justice campaigners continue to assess the success – or otherwise – of the Climate Change conference in Paris (COP21), Jesuits worldwide are reviewing what the deal struck will mean in practice, especially for the poor communities in which they work. Nearly 200 countries took part in the negotiations to strike a climate deal to cut emissions, which would come into being in 2020, and to allocate $100 billion a year to developing countries for climate control...
Delegates at COP21 in Paris are aiming for a just and binding agreement over climate change
As COP21 goes into its second week, Pope Francis has invoked the Holy Spirit upon delegates meeting for the Climate Change conference in Paris. In his address after the Angelus yesterday, he prayed for the conference’s success, saying that it was vital for humanity.Speaking to thousands of pilgrims in St Peter’s Square, the Pope said that as he is following the work of the conference closely. He also reiterated the question he asked in his recent encyclical Laudato Si: "What kind of world do we...
Symbolic act of solidarity: shoes from Pope Francis
At the weekend, tens of thousands of people around the world expressed their determination that world leaders meeting at the COP21 talks in Paris take decisive and positive action over climate change. They took to the streets of capital cities including London, but the demonstration in the French capital itself became symbolic, rather than a mass rally.Since gatherings had been cancelled following the terrorist attacks last month, people instead placed pairs of shoes where they would have stood...
Jesuit Missions supporters at the London Climate Change rally
World leaders have gathered in Paris for the COP21 climate change talks. Jesuits and their associates involved in environmental issues worldwide are also in the French capital for the conference that will run between 30 November and 11 December. It is hoped that during this conference nations will reach an agreement to limit emissions in order to prevent global warming surpassing 2C above pre-industrial levels.Yesterday, hundreds of thousands of activists marched around the world to urge action...
Marching for Climate Change: John Englart (Takver)
As all eyes rest on the UN summit on Climate Change in Paris this week (COP21), Jesuit Missions is gearing up to join its voice with thousands of others by marching in London today in support of a climate change deal.The People’s March for Climate, Justice and Jobs kicks off in major cities in the UK and around the world. It’s not only a call to us to take action; it’s an unequivocal challenge to policy makers and governments, to say that binding laws limited greenhouse emissions must be...

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