The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice has made a submission on climate change to the Citizens’ Assembly, which will convene in Dublin this weekend. Their submission is one of 1,200 responses by groups and individuals to the question, “How can the state become a leader in tackling climate change?” In this interview with Pat Coyle of Irish Jesuit Communications, Catherine Devitt, Environmental Justice Officer with the JCFJ, outlines the nature of their submission.
Archive for Mining
On 9 August 2017, the President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the Most Rev. Douglas Crosby OMI, wrote an open letter on behalf of the CCCB to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regarding the harmful practices of Canadian extractive industries operating in Latin America. Canadian Jesuits International supports the bishops’ call for improved oversight of Canadian extractive companies operating abroad.
Today the centre continues to provide a safe-space for deep reflection and formation in a post-liberation Zimbabwe, which faces new issues and challenges. One major challenge is injustices associated with the mining sector. Silveira House director Fr Gibson Munyoro SJ together with members of the advocacy and peace-building team explained how they are working with communities who are affected by mines.
Jesuit-sponsored Social Research Institute and Saint Louis University release report on impacts of extractive industries in Honduras
Investigation and Communication Team (ERIC), in coordination with the College for Public Health and Social Justice of Saint Louis University, released a research report entitled “Socio-environmental Impact of Mining in the Northwestern Region of Honduras Seen through Three Case Studies”. The multidisciplinary study incorporates public health, human rights, and environmental justice, uniting researchers and specialists in both Honduras and the U.S. to explore the impact of extractive industry and provide evidence and information for local and international advocacy.
The Jesuits in English Canada have a long history of engagement on corporate accountability, especially ecumenically through the Task Force on Churches and Corporate Responsibility from the seventies to the nineties and, more recently, with the Jesuit Committee on Investment Responsibility. Their recent decision to divest from fossil fuels was a logical step after years of the growing cry of the Earth inextricably linked to the cry of the poor.