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Reconciling with creation and renewing mission in Micronesia and beyond

2016_06_30_Reflection_Photo1David Andrus, SJ

In a brief report to the Jesuits of Micronesia, David Andrus, SJ shares his experience as one of the participants to the Reconciling with Creation Reflection Workshop of the Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific (JCAP)  held at the Culture and Ecology Center in Bendum, Philippines from 6 to 10 June 2016.

The Paris Agreement: Successes, disappointments, and the road ahead

2015_12_15_Editorial_Photo1In his opening remarks  to the media during the closing day of the COP21 climate talks  in Le Bourget, France on 11 December 2015, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon shared, “I have been attending many difficult multilateral negotiations, but by any standard, this negotiation is most complicated, most difficult, but most important for humanity.”

This statement reflects the weight of expectations placed on COP21. For many, the Paris Agreement was a success, reflecting a universal, explicit acknowledgement among the nations of the world, that climate change is a serious issue requiring urgent action. However, while long on ambition, the Agreement falls short on steps for concrete action.

COP21 first week result: A smooth process and a revised first draft climate agreement

2015_12_07_Editorial2_Photo2The Ecojesuit Team

There is no doubt that the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference (COP15) in December 2009, caused a real trauma in the world of climate change negotiations.  Since then, these negotiations have taken on a tone of fatalism or at least a huge prudence.  But there is an acknowledgement that COP 21, presently taking place in Paris, is proceeding more smoothly than Copenhagen.  The messages released by world leaders at the opening ceremony were much more positive than in previous occasions.

First week of COP21: Tensions, lessons, movements, building trust

2015_11_07_Editorial1_Photo3The Ecojesuit Team

The tension held during the first week of the 21st meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP21) in Le Bourget, Paris, France is clearly a sign of the times and a time when we define the future. The decisions may not be in ink but the momentum to achieve commitment is building up rapidly. It is unlikely that 150 leaders will attend COP22 in November 2016. That meeting may help the economy of Marrakech, Morocco but critical difference has to be made here and now so that we go home doing the right things.