Putting Wasted Food to Good Use

“The food is cooked and has never been touched,” says Kacie LaGuire ’19 who was among a handful of socially conscious students who in 2014 noticed the amount of prepared food the kitchen throws out as surplus. “Yet we know that one in four San Franciscans face hunger — we all see it every day.” Soon after, the students established the USF chapter of the Food Recovery Network (FRN), a national nonprofit with the dual goals of feeding the hungry and reducing wasted food’s 3.3 billion ton carbon footprint — which, if it were a country, would make it the third largest CO2 emitter behind China and the U.S.

‘Holy Cross Summer Course Explores Realities of Food Production’

“Meal time will never be the same again!” That’s how Christopher Staysniak, visiting lecturer of history at the College of the Holy Cross, started the six-week summer course titled “Food and Power” back in June. According to Staysniak, a key goal of the course is to get students to think about where their food comes from, and who is providing it. Through readings, guest speakers, and field trips, the history class analyzed American food from different cultural, economic, environmental, and sociological angles.

A Precarious Life: Fisherfolk on the south Indian coast

Shannon, our International Programmes Officer, recently visited the south Indian state of Kerala to visit Lok Manch, a local initiative supported by Jesuit Missions which is working with the fishing communities along this southern coastline to bring about sustainable livelihoods.

Call for Jesuit bodies to abandon fossil fuel investments

Father Pedro Walpole says investment decisions can help combat climate change

Jesuit institutions should withdraw from investments in the fossil fuel industry, according to environmental campaigner Father Pedro Walpole. In a video produced by Ecojesuit, Father Walpole stresses that climate change, as evidenced by extreme weather events such as typhoons, requires immediate action to stem the use of fossil fuels.

El Cambio Climático en el mundo: una reflexión desde Laudato Si’

Este año ha sido especialmente marcado por fenómenos climáticos extremos en diversos lugares del mundo. En el Perú, El Niño Costero produjo pérdidas de vidas y daños sociales y materiales en trece regiones. Si bien históricamente las poblaciones han sufrido numerosas veces los efectos de huracanes, inundaciones o huaycos -y éstos tienen causas naturales específicas- hoy se caracterizan por su mayor frecuencia, intensidad e impredictibilidad. Ello se debe al Calentamiento Global (CG) y el Cambio Climático (CC) en curso, originados por la actividad humana generadora de excesivas emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero en la atmósfera.

300+ killed in recent months moves Nicaraguan Catholic Bishops call for a Day of Fasting

In the wake of ongoing unrest and loss of innocent life, the Catholic bishops of Nicaragua have called on their fellow citizens to join in a day of fasting and atonement on July 20. The request, issued in a statement by the Nicaraguan Conference of Catholic Bishops on July 14, came as the death toll of innocent civilians killed during nonviolent demonstrations and related events rose above 350 people since mid-April.