Tag Archive for social justice

Is sustainable growth with justice possible?

KATC-July-2013-3-1-240x300By Patxi Álvarez SJ

In the past couple of decades, the world has seen economic growth that yielded spectacular results. Developing countries enjoyed a 6% annual growth rate between 2000 and 2010, with Asia growing at 8%, Africa at 5% and Latin America at a similar rate. As a result, some one billion people have escaped extreme poverty (an income of less than US$1.25 per day), and there has been a slight bridging of the economic inequality gap between countries.

XU College of Agriculture

seal_agricultureThe Xavier University – College of Agriculture as a Filipino, Catholic, and Jesuit institution endeavors to pursue the development and integration of small farmer communities with a society where social justice and people empowerment prevail.

Through an integrated and self-reliant program of instruction, research. and extension, we commit ourselves to a wholistic formation of students and rural leaders who will promote sustainable agriculture and a more equitable access to resources.

Empower Youth to Conserve the Forests

laos_0092_news.mongabay.com_Want to save forests? Don’t forget the youth, says Pedro Walpole, the Chair and Director of Research for the Environmental Science for Social Change, a Jesuit environmental research organization promoting sustainability and social justice across the Asia Pacific region. “Youth leadership in environmental management is key,” Walpole told mongabay.com. “Most of all we have to learn from the youth what are their insecurities and challenges in engaging in what will become the era of sustainability and simplicity rather than development.”

Jesuit Universities Invited to Deepen Commitment to Social Justice in New Document from Jesuit Curia in Rome

Screen-Shot-2014-10-21-at-4.05.29-PM-210x300The Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat of the Jesuit Curia in Rome has released a new document entitled, Promotion of Justice in the Universities of the Society.  The document, that includes an introductory letter written by Fr. Michael Garanzini, S.J., secretary of the Society for higher education and president of Loyola University Chicago, invites readers to reflect upon the rich background and understanding of justice and its role in the Jesuit university.  According to the Secretariat’s office, the text is intended to help Jesuit universities to further deepen their commitment to working for justice.

Canadian Jesuit favors oxen over tractors in helping Zambian farmers

CNS-ZambiaFarm (1000x750)_0Nineteenth-century missionaries arrived in Africa with a Bible in one hand and a plough in the other. Jesuit Brother Paul Desmarais still has a Bible, but he’s given up on the plough. For 40 years, Desmarais has run the Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre in Zambia. But over the past 20 years he has rethought almost every aspect of conventional Western agriculture and how it’s applied in Africa. Ploughs, tractors, chemical fertilizers, commercial herbicides were once all part of Desmarais’ gospel of modern agriculture, but no more. The Canadian Jesuit now promotes organic, ecologically sustainable, no-till farming for small-scale farmers.

The Philippine Working Group on Disaster Risk Resilience

pwg_bro-298x300The activities of the Philippine Working Group (PWG) are organized through the Institute of Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC), a Jesuit research organization in the Philippines that promotes environmental sustainability and social justice through the integration of scientific methodologies and social process.  PWG activities and process are critical to ESSC’s work program on disaster risk resilience that is undertaken in collaboration with partners who seek ways to reduce the risk of weather events when these trigger hydroclimatological hazards such as floods, landslides, and drought.