Archive for Laudato Si’

Rediscovering the European Common Good

This two days session will take place in September 21-23 in the Spiritual Centre “La Pairelle”, close to Namur. The debates will be led by experts, including members of the EU institutions and religious organizations, and fostered by participants’ intervention. In the discussion panels, three main areas that represent a challenge for the present and future of the European Union will be covered: migration flows, integral ecology and cultural challenges within the EU.

Fundamental role of water in creation and human development: 2018 message of Pope Francis for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Ecojesuit shares the message of Pope Francis for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation where he drew attention to water, its preciousness to life and fundamental role in creation and in human development, the privatization at the expense of human right to access water especially the poor, and the constant care needed.

Catholic institutions united for fossil fuel divestment

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.

USF to Host Global Climate Summit

Gov. Jerry Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit is coming to USF Sept. 11–14.

The summit will bring scientists and leaders from around the world to the campus and San Francisco to discuss how nations, states, businesses, and other groups can combat climate change. Co-organized by Brown, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and others, the summit aims to inspire worldwide resolve to take action.

Volunteer Opportunity with EcoPledge and 4 Oceans!

Join EcoPledge volunteers on Saturday, September 15th from 9:00-11:00 am as we head to Revere Beach in Massachussetts to work with members of 4 Oceans to clean up the coast. 4 Oceans is a US-based and sustainably focused jewlery company that is celebrating International Oceans Day with volunteers like you to keep pur coastal environments clean. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Stevie Walker of EcopPledge at walkersz@bc.edu.

“A selfless ecological commitment”

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.