ECOLOGY

We care for our common home as pointed out by Pope Francis in the Encyclical Laudato Si’. We offer analysis and practical steps to preserve our planet.

JESC supports the advocacy work on integral ecology of Jesuits and partners under the umbrella of EcoJesuit through the work of translation and launched “Eco-bites”, our ecology newsletter. JESC took part in the 2018 Annual Ecojesuit Meeting, in Bogotá and Leticia, Colombia, on August 1st, to discuss cooperation and knowledge exchange between the organisations represented at the meeting of the Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN). On July 12th, JESC attended the “Environmental Sustainability Transitions” event organised by the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS). Finally, the JESC Eco-Team has joined the Ecological Cluster of the HEST programme (Higher Education for 3 Social Transformation). Together with staff members from a number of Jesuit educational institutes from around Europe and the Near East they are collaborating in a research project on food waste. Edmond Grace SJ became JESC Secretary for Justice and Ecology.

Articles

Who is Ecojesuit?

The word ‘Ecojesuit’ has an air of inevitability. It did not take much imagination to dream it up, but there is a story behind the use of this term in the Society of Jesus at this particular moment. Almost fifty years ago, in the thirty-second General Congregation, there were...

Eco-friendly best practices at the office

Our mission in JESC is aligned with the Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) such as journeying with the youth (ELP) and serving the outcasted by service work and by sharing our Society of Jesus networks' global initiatives. An important area of focus is a just ecological transition, and in this...

Who is ELSi’A?

The Laudato Si’ encyclical is affecting people in very different ways. A number of people working in different Catholic Church institutions and organizations in Europe found themselves working together on the promotion of this encyclical. During the past two years, they organized a Laudato Si’ Reflection Day which was...

Fixing the Ecological Mess: Global Justice and Knowledge Perspectives

By Fr. Charlie Chilufya, SJ. Director of the Justice and Ecology Office of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM). Human beings are dramatically changing the surface conditions on planet Earth, at an accelerating rate. One key aspect of this is pollution. Our emissions of particles (PM2.5) and ozone...

Five years of Laudato Si’

No document by any Pope in the past fifty years has attracted as much attention as Laudato Si’. This attention is by no means confined to Catholics or even believers. It has filled a need for an “ecological charter,” and it commands both the respect and the gratitude of...