Northern Thailand is to have a “green campus” soon. This completely eco-sustainable structure is being built by local Jesuits. In the Philippines, houses run by followers of Ignatius of Loyola have set in motion an environmentally friendly way of doing things, introducing new practices to prevent food waste, promoting recycling. In other Asian nations that form part of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific – from Korea, to China and from the Philippines to Malaysia, Myanmar and Australia – the themes and suggestions put forward in the Pope’s “Laudato Si’” encyclical, took off a while ago. Above all, through a widespread effort to raise awareness, in the form of the project “Reconciliation with creation”, which aims to motivate clerics first of all and then engage all local communities and people of goodwill by “preaching a good example”.
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The word “sustainable” linked to issues of the environment became part of my vocabulary in 2000, the year I met the Colombian Jesuit, Jose “Jose” Aguilar. My own province of Oregon had just signed a Twinning Agreement with Colombia to collaborate as equal partners in our apostolic works and also in working towards projects in “regional sustainable development.”
The conference, which ran March 19-21, saw the six participant upper Midwest Jesuit universities sharing curricular ideas and resources, with an eye toward developing the best educational practices and forming a strong collaborative force for sustainability and addressing environmental issues in the years ahead. On the conference’s final day, its host Nancy Tuchman, director of Loyola-Chicago’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability, announced the schools would collectively, as Jesuit institutions that are part of a larger network, “develop a statement that gives a common voice to Jesuit concern for the planet with a call to action.”
The 2015 Yearbook confronts the theme of ecology from a very particular point of view: the Society of Jesus’ growing awareness of this huge problem. The last General Congregation – the highest Jesuit legislative body – said much about it in 2008, affirming among things,“Care of the environment affects the quality of our relationships with God, with other human beings, and with creation itself. It touches the core of our faith in and love for God. . .. The drive to access and exploit sources of energy and other natural resources is very rapidly widening the damage to earth, air, water, and our whole environment, to the point that the future of our planet is threatened.