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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.
Justice in Mining is a Global Ignatian Advocacy Network that works to protect human rights and the environment, and seeks to ensure mining only occurs where issues of equity and sustainability are addressed. Its new website, launched on 31 July 2016, Feast Day of Saint Ignatius, builds on its Facebook presence, and is part of a communications strategy to help build awareness of human rights and environmental issues relating to mining.
What is the impact of extractive industries such as mining in Honduras? And how are people in poor rural communities responding? With the support of the US Jesuit Conference and the Jesuit Central-Southern Province, Saint Louis University and ERIC, the Reflection, Research and Communication Center in Honduras, partnered to investigate the social and environmental risks posed by mining activities in three rural communities in Honduras.
A Catholic priest, who has waged years’ of battle against a nickel mine in a call to protect Mindoro Island’s biodiversity and its indigenous people, received an “environmental hero” award Thursday. Jesuit-run Xavier University bestowed a Doctor in Humanities, honoris causa, on Fr. Edwin Gariguez for his sustained and significant efforts to protect the environment and indigenous peoples.