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Ecojesuits

Ecojesuit_logoEcojesuit is an online newsletter that offers contemporary, original, and exclusively written commentaries, reflections and insights, analysis, and exchange of ideas and practices on various ecological and social concerns such as those that relate to water and watershed management, mineral development, food security, impact and adaptations to climate change, disaster risk resilience, renewable and alternative energy, Indigenous Peoples and cultural integrity, sustainable development, among others. While it has a global reach, Ecojesuit communicates communities and local concerns. While initially directed at Jesuit practitioners and organizations working on ecological concerns, Ecojesuit encourages participation and communication beyond the Jesuits and promotes a global collaboration and networking on ecology.

Promoting waterless ecological sanitation in Tarumitra, a Jesuit bio-reserve and ecology centre in India

2014_04_15_PP_Photo2-300x225A Jesuit bio-reserve and ecology centre, Tarumitra (meaning Friends of Trees, in both Hindi and Sanskrit), in the outskirts of Patna city, is a key resource in promoting ecosan in Bihar state. With support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency through the SEI/WASHi initiative, Tarumitra built a demonstration ecosan and hygiene facility on its premises, giving visitors an opportunity to see and learn about ecosan first hand.

A culture of management: Securing access to safe drinking water in Timor Leste

GYAC_EBruno_Photo-300x300Water scarcity is a phenomenon in Timor Leste. Thus, communities face the challenge of optimizing the management of a scarce resource. Scarcity is evident in the lack of accessible clean water, with 45% of the rural population reportedly with no access to improved water source. Suco Ulmera (of the subdistrict Bazartete and Liquiçá district, situated on the northern coast) is one of many areas where water system projects were established at various times in the country’s history. However, access to clean water is still a problem especially along the highway and coastal households.

The commoditization of water and its social impact

2013_12_31_ReflectionWater, once a synonym of life, is fast becoming the basis for disrupting life as we perceive it on Earth. Scenario 1: Faced with a task of feeding 8 billion (and counting) hungry mouths, agriculture is becoming more and more intense, with water usage (70 percent of the world’s freshwater is used in agriculture) promising to go up drastically. Scenario 2: Rapid urbanization, migration, and a loss of opportunities on the other hand is forcing migrations of unprecedented scales – people who have to be provided access to clean drinking water and sanitation.

Water at the wrong place, wrong time: How can we cope?

2013_09_15_Reflection_Photo1-300x224The World Water Week 2013  closes with a Stockholm Statement calling on the UN and its Open Working Group to propose in the post-2015 development agenda a Sustainable Development Goal on Water. Three outcomes are aspired by 2030: 1) a doubling of global water productivity, 2) a realisation of the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, and 3) an increased resilience to water related disasters. These desired outcomes reflect the advocacy of water movements to address different facets of water problems: too little, too dirty, and too much.

Exploring possibilities to collaborate and network for disaster risk reduction

2014_05_15_Editorial_photo-e1402448557966In a recent consultation to explore possibilities for collaboration and networking on disaster risk reduction (DRR) efforts, organized as a colloquium of the Society of Jesus Social Apostolate (SJSA), the reports from the various Jesuit institutions in the Philippine Province show a tremendous and impressive array of responses that allow us get together, act and collaborate more broadly within and outside Jesuit institutions, and move beyond the traditional social apostolate.