Archive for Way of Proceedings

Teaching with UN Sustainable Development Goals

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.

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.

Water and Faith Day, fighting for water for all

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.

XII Meeting of the Indigenous Solidarity Network

Between August 9th and 12th, the XII Meeting of the Indigenous Solidarity Network (RSI) of the Conference of Jesuit Provincials of Latin America was held in Charagua, in the Bolivian Chaco.

In this meeting –that takes place every two years–, about 80 people participated, and a good number of them (20 jesuits and at least 40 indigenous people) arrived from Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Chile, Brazil, and Guyana. For the most part the attendees were young people; there were Rarámuris, Tzeltales, Quechuas, Aymaras, Mayas, Wapixana, Mapuches, and Miskitos representatives from all over the continent, learning about the processes of Indigenous Territorial Autonomy advanced by the Guaranies in the territory of Charagua, and reflecting on issues such as Migration, Identity, and Leadership of young people in their communities of origin.

Reforming DRC’s Mining Code? CEPAS Kinshasa

The devil hides in the details, but very often he also lies low in the lack of detail. This is the situation regarding the laws and guidance governing the mining sector in DRC, which are weak and ineffective from the point of view of human rights, environmental protection and the common good.  Recognising that a robust domestic legal framework is essential to bring about a fairer and more transparent mining industry, Jesuits and their partners have been involved in proposals to reform DRC’s mining laws.