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Rio Pardo: monoculture x human consumption

What interests are greater than human survival in the region? A socio-environmental study carried out in the Rio Pardo river basin reveals a great contrast between reality and what determines the country’s water consumption legislation. The study carried out by entities that make up the civil society articulation of the States of Minas and Bahia shows that in municipalities that suffer from human shortages, the daily consumption of irrigators is 67 times more than the population of the cities.

Rediscovering the European Common Good

This two days session will take place in September 21-23 in the Spiritual Centre “La Pairelle”, close to Namur. The debates will be led by experts, including members of the EU institutions and religious organizations, and fostered by participants’ intervention. In the discussion panels, three main areas that represent a challenge for the present and future of the European Union will be covered: migration flows, integral ecology and cultural challenges within the EU.

Fundamental role of water in creation and human development: 2018 message of Pope Francis for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Ecojesuit shares the message of Pope Francis for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation where he drew attention to water, its preciousness to life and fundamental role in creation and in human development, the privatization at the expense of human right to access water especially the poor, and the constant care needed.

Urgency of the urgent

Seemingly forgotten public documents and scientific studies are revealing the extent of the fossil fuel industry’s research on climate change as early as the late 1950s along with the warnings from the industry’s scientists, but these were taken over by the cover-ups and misinformation that followed during the 1970s and 1980s.  These were surprising revelations presented during the National Inquiry on Climate Change (NICC) by the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines, conveying more urgently the urgency in addressing the increasing vulnerability of millions of people to the impacts of climate change.

Catholic institutions united for fossil fuel divestment

Catholic institutions from around the world are making new commitments to divest from fossil fuels. A group of 19 institutions, led by Caritas India and the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, announces its divestment today. The full list of divesting institutions is available here.

Teaching rural communities to understand and fight climate change

Rural communities in and around Dili are showing a positive change in their perception of the value of trees since Jesuit Social Service Timor-Leste began its reforestation programme.  Through its clean water project, Jesuit Social Service (JSS) is making the communities see the intricate connection between forest and water resources, motivating them to cut fewer trees and plant more seedlings.  For every tree that is cut down, the community must plant 10 seedlings or more to help with forest regeneration.