Addressing a Nature-Deficit Disorder

I was sitting by a small stream under a grove of Metasequoia trees. Suddenly, the sound of wings whooshing through the air caught my attention and a great blue heron landed on the stream’s edge. After a few minutes of watching the bird fish for the catch of the day, it was time to rejoin my students. I was teaching after all.

University of San Francisco Hosts “Living Laudato Si’ through Climate Action”

Catholic leaders, at an event co-hosted by the University of San Francisco and the Global Catholic Climate Movement, joined people from around the world for a three-day Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco from Sept. 12-14. The summit coincided with the Season of Creation, a month-long campaign from September 1 through the feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Oct. 4. The campaign calls on Christians from around the world to care for creation by uniting in prayerful reflection and action.

Encountering hope and faith in the upshot of Japan’s great earthquake

Students from Jesuit universities in Indonesia, Philippines, Korea, Timor-Leste and Japan spent two weeks learning about post-disaster community recovery from the experience of Japan. Through volunteer activities and exchanges with people from the local community, the students studied the progress of the reconstruction and recovery of Iwate Prefecture, badly hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.

University of San Francisco co-hosts “Living Laudato Si’ through Climate Action” with the Global Catholic Climate Movement

The University of San Francisco (USF), together with Global Catholic Climate Movement, co-hosted “Living Laudato Si’ Through Climate Action” on Friday, September 14 at the University of San Francisco. An official Affiliate Event of the Global Climate Action Summit, the event featured a panel discussion and in-depth workshops on what the Catholic Church has done so far to reduce its environmental impact and support care for creation. The event also discussed how Catholic institutions can continue to make greater changes in their own institutions and push for policy and economic change to limit global warming, helping to protect creation and the poor and vulnerable.

Rio Pardo: monoculture x human consumption

What interests are greater than human survival in the region? A socio-environmental study carried out in the Rio Pardo river basin reveals a great contrast between reality and what determines the country’s water consumption legislation. The study carried out by entities that make up the civil society articulation of the States of Minas and Bahia shows that in municipalities that suffer from human shortages, the daily consumption of irrigators is 67 times more than the population of the cities.

Rediscovering the European Common Good

This two days session will take place in September 21-23 in the Spiritual Centre “La Pairelle”, close to Namur. The debates will be led by experts, including members of the EU institutions and religious organizations, and fostered by participants’ intervention. In the discussion panels, three main areas that represent a challenge for the present and future of the European Union will be covered: migration flows, integral ecology and cultural challenges within the EU.