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Laudato Si’ Week: 16 – 24 May

Nature is sending us a message with the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing climate crisis, according to the UN’s environment chief, Inger Andersen. Destructive practices – such as logging, mining, industrial farming – which drive wildlife into contact with people must be reviewed. Live animal markets – an ideal mixing bowl for disease – must…

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Laudato Si’ and Covid-19 – a Tale of Interconnectedness

This year was supposed to be a year of celebration in Rome, commemorating five years since the release of Laudato si’, the papal encyclical on care for our common home. However, instead of the gratitude that ought to have characterised the marking of that anniversary, the underlying public sentiment when witnessing the unfolding events first in…

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A Post-Coronavirus Economy: Amsterdam’s Doughnut Economy Project

Raworth’s 2017 bestselling book, Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist, has graced the bedside table of people ranging from the former Brexit secretary David Davis to the Guardian columnist George Monbiot, who described it as a “breakthrough alternative to growth economics”. The inner ring of her doughnut sets out the minimum we…

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‘Aqua Fons Vitae’: Major Vatican Document on Water

Too many sanitation facilities in poor and developing countries do not have adequate access to water for the most basic needs of cleanliness and hygiene. Without clean water, sinks, soaps, toilets and hygiene procedures, billions of patients, care staff and families are placed at risk because there is no foundation or infrastructure for decent, safe,…

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Austen Ivereigh on ‘Querida Amazonia: A Path to Inculturate and Transform the Church’

On 10th March the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES) of the Jesuits organized a webinar on Querida (Beloved) Amazonía: A Path to Inculturate and transform the Church with Austen Ivereigh, a fellow in Contemporary Church history at Campion Hall, Oxford University. Austen who has written extensively on Pope Francis as well as on many of Church documents…

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Bolivia: Indigenous Peoples Environmental Pioneers

On indigenous territories in Bolivia that have secured property rights, deforestation rates are 2.8 times lower than outside of them. Such lands cover 20% of the country’s territory, so the contribution of indigenous peoples in Bolivia to fighting climate change is substantial. But this situation has been undermined by Bolivia’s development policies, and could be threatened further…

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Cambodia: Ecological Farming

Today while I was walking on by the riverside, I saw Mr. Dang spraying in his farm. A simple smile led us into conversation. He drew my attention. Out of curiosity, I asked him what kind of pesticides he was using to protect plants? He replied, he doesn’t use any pesticides to kill insects. He…