Jesuits in Guyana are joining others who work across the vast Amazonian rainforest to protect the world’s largest eco-system – and its peoples – from destruction. In January, Jesuits who work in this region of the world launched the Pan-Amazonian Project in Manaus, Brazil. And this week saw the gathering in Rome of a new international network: the Pan-Amazon Ecclesial Network (REPAM). This was established last year in Brazil and consists of bishops whose territories include Amazon regions, priests, missionaries working in the Amazon jungle, national representatives of Caritas and laypeople belonging to various Church bodies.
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Jesuits who work across the vast Amazonian rainforest are collaborating to protect the world’s largest eco-system – and its peoples – from destruction. Together with their lay partners, they met recently in Manaus, Brazil, with representatives from various non-governmental organisations and funding agencies, as well as from school and university networks, for the launch of the Pan-Amazonian Project.
“Do you see the light now?” the Xapori (shamans) of the Yanomami tribe were asking those being initiated after a night passed in purification and preparation. “Do you see the light?” they insisted, as they prayed and sand and danced, their bodies painted and their head adorned with the white plumes of the Royal Eagle. They were seeing tiny brilliant lights descending from heaven, floating like little white feathers which spoke to them.
Stewardship for Mother Nature requires a multi-sectoral cooperation, thereby Xavier University frontlines an environmental movement designed to propel communities to engage in a sustainable mechanism ensuring the recuperation of our forest resources in Northern Mindanao. XU sets to launch the region-wide environmental platform dubbed as Valuing Ecosystem Services Together (VEST) on November 4-7 at the Activity Center of Centrio Mall.
Part of this green endeavor is to mainstream the principles of VEST. With this idea, the XU core team has organized a slew of activities to raise awareness and encourage Kagay-anons to participate in the fund drive to reforest Mt Kalatungan and reward the efforts of the indigenous people community as the forest managers.