Archive for o. Life on Land

Formative and naturalistic initiative of the Jesuit fathers

Teaching to grow bananas to promote micro-entrepreneurship projects, but also to save bananas from extinction. This is the project launched in Douala by the Jesuits of Cameroon. An initiative that has a dual value, formative and naturalistic, in a difficult context which characterizes the African country. In Cameroon, over three million boys and girls did not reach the minimum level of school education. 70% of girls are illiterate

A new edition of the Ecological Market

At the beginning of September, the annual edition of the Ecological and Solidarity Market of INEA (Jesuit School of Agricultural Engineering in Valladolid) was held to celebrate the start of the course. It is a special occasion to meet with colleagues in the open air, share a table and support a charity project buying organic and fair trade products: vegetables donated by INEA gardeners and Urban gardens;  Capeltic coffee from “Come Sano Come Justo”, Moroccan tea from Red Incola; bread, cheese, organic Italian pasta, cosmetics and crafts from people with mental illness.

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.

My visit to Villa Loyola, a coffee finca in Colombia

Consumers are gaining concern over the sources of our food.  Is it farmed sustainably?  Are dangerous chemicals used, or is it produced organically?  How are the producers (farmers) compensated for their labors? With these questions in mind, I was happy to discover a Jesuit-owned coffee farm called Villa Loyola or Finca Loyola that advocates sustainable agriculture in Chachagüí, in the the Nariño region of Colombia.  It is completely organic.  Villa Loyola is a large operation with all its staff and laborers, not to mention their specialization on bamboo-based carpentry.

1001 saplings planted on environment day

On environment day, June 5 of 2018, students and staff of St.Xavier’s Thumba planted 1001 saplings in and off the campus. Sri. P Felix (President, Kadinamkulam Grama Panchayath), Dr. Fr. v Y Dasappan S J (Principal), Dr. J Justus, Smt. Edna richard (Vice-Principals), and Dr. harish S R (Nature Club Co-ordinator) addressed the gathering.

El Cambio Climático en el mundo: una reflexión desde Laudato Si’

Este año ha sido especialmente marcado por fenómenos climáticos extremos en diversos lugares del mundo. En el Perú, El Niño Costero produjo pérdidas de vidas y daños sociales y materiales en trece regiones. Si bien históricamente las poblaciones han sufrido numerosas veces los efectos de huracanes, inundaciones o huaycos -y éstos tienen causas naturales específicas- hoy se caracterizan por su mayor frecuencia, intensidad e impredictibilidad. Ello se debe al Calentamiento Global (CG) y el Cambio Climático (CC) en curso, originados por la actividad humana generadora de excesivas emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero en la atmósfera.