Tag Archive for Environmental Justice

Global Jesuit work in the environment

2016_09_30_reflection_photo1In 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.

Jesuit Institutions Rise to Pope Francis’s Challenge of Laudato Si’ as Encyclical Celebrates 1-Year

pope-francis-laudato-si-450x450In his groundbreaking encyclical entitled Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common HomePope Francis called on all of humanity to change how we care for the Earth, our “common home.” As the one-year anniversary of the encyclical’s release is celebrated, Jesuit institutions are rising to the challenge, taking the message of the first Jesuit pope to heart.

What social justice issues are you most passionate about and why?

Robert-Callus_landingI’m finding myself more and more passionate about environmental justice. It started out as small acts of sustainability, like using a metal reusable water bottle or reducing electricity usage at home. However, I took a very interesting class on the ethics of public health that dealt immensely with the dangers of environmental injustices and the implications on the world that made me frustrated and I felt I had to do something. I still have a lot to learn, as I strive to contribute to the fight against global climate change.

Pope Francis, science and government are reframing climate change

People hold a banner reading ' Climate action Now ' in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Greeting people Sunday from his studio window, Francis praised a few hundred people who marched to St. Peter's Square under the banner "one Earth, one family." Marchers included Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus and others. Their route began near the French embassy to remind people of a climate change conference in Paris later this year. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) AJM108

THE long-anticipated encyclical by Pope Francis to the world on the environment was released mid-June. The Lancet Commission, a distinguished United Kingdom-based health body, the following week released its report on health and climate change. The next day, the White House hosted a summit on the same subject. Will this unprecedented alignment of key official voices — religious, scientific and governmental — change the conversation on ecological destruction and whom it impacts?