Archive for 1. Disaster Risk Reduction and Water

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.

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.

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.

“A selfless ecological commitment”

Why is the Water Waste Management Project, as part of the new JCAM administrative building, in Kenya so important to you? Like many parts of Africa water is increasingly seen and valued as the precious resource it is. We say “water has no enemy.” In a city like Nairobi we used to receive water from the city on only two days a week. That taught us to be careful and to value water as a precious resource. Now, through the generosity of benefactors we are lucky enough to have our own borehole supply. But that is water which we do not simply want to use once and throw away for ever. So, our waste water can be treated and used again in flushing systems and in small irrigation projects which help us towards self-sufficiency. I lived for some time in London and there the joke was that the water which came from the taps had been used six or seven times over as it made its way down the length of the River Thames! In a small way we are doing the same thing here. In the end it’s about developing and modelling an attitude of care and protection for water and all the wonderful natural resources that God has gifted human beings and creation with.

Water and Faith Day, fighting for water for all

Over 3,000 people from 135 countries have registered for this year’s “World Water Week”(WWW). WWW, running until August 31, is organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute which has partnered with 6 main Swedish and Global Organisations. Their aim this year is to address the theme “Water, ecosystems and human development”. At his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis called attention to the importance of making water accessible to all and protecting this fundamental resource.

Reforming DRC’s Mining Code? CEPAS Kinshasa

The devil hides in the details, but very often he also lies low in the lack of detail. This is the situation regarding the laws and guidance governing the mining sector in DRC, which are weak and ineffective from the point of view of human rights, environmental protection and the common good.  Recognising that a robust domestic legal framework is essential to bring about a fairer and more transparent mining industry, Jesuits and their partners have been involved in proposals to reform DRC’s mining laws.