Henry Longbottom SJ

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...
From 6th to 17th November, over 30 Jesuits and partners will hold events during the United Nations COP23 climate change conference in Bonn, Germany.Taking place during the UN talks, the main Ecojesuit event will be a dialogue conference on 13 November entitled “Laudato Si’ – Environment is Relationship” hosted by the Aloisiuskolleg, a well-known Jesuit school in Bonn.Ecojesuit is a global network of Jesuits and partners collaborating with others in research, education and advocacy to promote...
Henry Longbottom SJ with the three bishops
The Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) recently received a delegation from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) department for International Affairs. Henry Longbottom SJ, from the Jesuit European Social Centre in Brussels, met with Bishop Tom Burns, Bishop Nicholas Hudson, and Bishop Paul McAleenan to discover their most pressing concerns.The Catholic Church’s role in conversations about future UK-EU relationsBishop Hudson,...
Henry Longbottom SJ with miners and Jaques Nzumbu SJ (right)
Henry Longbottom SJ, who is undertaking his regency at the Jesuit European Social Centre in Brussels,  reports from Africa where he is exploring opportunities for partnerships between African social centres and Jesuits involved in the social justice issues in Europe.  With a special focus on natural resources and mining, the hope is to spotlight work being done by our African colleagues and allow it to inform our advocacy in the European context.   Last week Henry was in...
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,...
'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)...
Our exploration of the key concerns of our local community in the light of Catholic Social Teaching will continue this autumn with a focus on Pope Francis' Encyclical Letter on human ecology.There are still places available for our next seminar on Pope Francis' encyclical letter Laudato Si'. Henry Longbottom SJ who tweets @greenjesuit will speak about environmental sustainability.Come at 6pm for food and the presentation will be at 6.30pm. After discussion in small groups and time for...
On care for our common homeOur short series of talks given by Jesuits based on issues arising from Pope Francis’ encyclical continues with Henry Longbottom SJ:How do we put Laudato Si into practice?  From environmental advocacy to greening church buildings.The talk will be followed by a time for questions and open discussion. Tea and coffee will be available.
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...
A beaver in the River Otter in Devon
A campaign we are currently running at Friends of the Earth (an environmental charity for which I volunteer in their legal team) concerns beavers. After an exile of 500 years, beavers have successfully reestablished themselves in the River Otter in Devon.  They are much beloved and have achieved minor celebrity status with locals and environmentalists alike. Alas, the Government thinks that the beavers are an invasive, and potentially disease-carrying species, and its Environment...

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