The young adults of today will mature in a world different to that of their parents’. In the decades ahead, climate change and widespread environmental degradation present the biggest threats to human health, progress and wellbeing, regional peace and security, sustainable livelihoods, and to the overall health and diversity of our planetary ecosystems.
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On any given weekend around the Milwaukee area, you can find a group of Catholics out along hiking trails, taking part in conservation projects or, in the case of a recent excursion, tapping trees to make maple syrup.
The activities are arranged by the Laudato Si’ Project, a local nonprofit inspired by “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical on the environment and human ecology. The project was formed by Marquette University High School science teacher Joe Meyer.
Engaging with a global process towards a new and universal solidarity: An Ecojesuit gathering at COP23-Fiji in Bonn
Ecojesuit gathers 30 Jesuits and partners in Bonn, Germany from 6 to 17 November to actively participate, join, engage with, and learn from a global process that is trying to sustain with the nations of the world the commitments of the Paris Agreement, the first global pact to respond to global warming.
This global process is the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP23 which is the 23rd annual UN climate change conference, a round of negotiations that takes place between nations of the world. The presidency of COP23 is the state of Fiji, but the summit will take place in Bonn. The focus of discussions are the small island states and to advance the aims and ambitions of the Paris Agreement.
Jesuit responses to a rapidly changing world, environmental concerns, poverty, and violence are challenging its worldwide ministries. There clearly is a need to initiate new processes for broader engagement by Jesuits in the larger transformation that Pope Francis seeks in caring for creation in Laudato Si’. As the message of GC 36 and the conversations with the Holy Father spread, reflection is quietly deepening and this is where Ecojesuit wishes to strategically respond.
In a special issue of the Journal of Jesuit Studies, we highlight the works of Jesuits vis-à-vis the environment from the perspective of various regions in the hopes of fostering a fruitful cross-cultural conversation that is needed within the Society.
In his discussion of the environmental activities of European Jesuits, José Ignacio García, SJ, chronicles the way the European Conference of the Society of Jesus employs an ecological perspective. Identifying exemplary figures at the origins of the Society who made helpful contributions to the natural sciences either as educators in schools or as missionaries, García elaborates how these early Jesuits were also active participants in various scientific fields, such as botany, entomology, astronomy, meteorology, and geography.