More than 1,000 students of Fatima College in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, have pledged to join a global effort to educate people on the need to preserve ecology and save the earth. They were inspired by two students from Latin America who attended a specially organized symposium in the college on Tuesday.
Anita Morales from Ecuador and Karina Gomez from Panama are in India to study ecological involvement of Tarumitra (friends of trees), a green movement based in Patna, Bihar.
The Center of Concern researches, educates, and advocates from Catholic social tradition to create a world where economic, political, and cultural systems promote sustainable flourishing of the global community. We envision a global community that upholds basic human rights and human dignity, fosters just relationships, promotes sustainable livelihoods, and renews Earth.
The Environment Committee of Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview in New South Wales, Australia organized a tree planting activity with a group of geography students last 10 to 11 August at the Yamagalli property in Harden that lies in the region’s southwest slopes.
Brother Paul Desmarais of the Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre of Lusaka in Zambia is a happy man. He has just demonstrated that cotton can be grown organically, and furthermore, at yields up to more than twice the national average. That is quite an achievement as cotton is notorious for consuming the most agrochemicals of any crop, some 21 percent of that consumed worldwide; and most people have been led to believe that cotton cannot be grown without chemical sprays.
Most farmers in the world own less than five hectares of land. Known as small-scale farmers, they feed one third of the global population, providing up to 80% of food consumed in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Yet small-scale farmers, many of who are women, face heavy challenges to survive from day to day, among them land tenure problems, rising food prices, export-led agriculture, and the use of land to grow internationally desired commodities rather than food.
Sustainability – in both its material and ethical dimensions – is especially concerned with the future. And who should be more concerned about the future than the youth – the young women and men of today who are the hope of the future? That is why education, in whatever form it takes today, should have special focus on issues of sustainability.