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.
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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.
Regis High School completed its ambitious Green Roof Project, when Greensulate finished the installation of nearly 25,000 square feet of an extensive green roof on its upper roofs in time for the Regis 2010-2011 school year. The roof top project, which includes a 20kW solar panel array, also houses two bee hives, a classroom, scientific monitoring equipment, a weather station, green roof temperature and soil moisture monitoring stands, a flow rate measurement system, biodiversity monitoring equipment, and an astronomy observation area. A network of paths and platforms connect the stations, making the space easy to navigate.
The United Nations has promulgated 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) that relate to many different aspects of sustainability. For example: Good Health and Well-being; Quality Education; Clean Water and Sanitation; Climate Action; Partnerships for the Goals.
This event will be a workshop for faculty to familiarize them with the goals and engage them in including the UN Sustainable Development Goals in their curriculum.
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.
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.