climate change

Planting trees in Timor-Leste
The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (East Timor), which became an independent sovereign state in 2002 after decades of conflict, is one of only two predominantly Christian states in South East Asia.Jesuits of Timor-Leste are working with rural communities to help them understand and value trees.  Through its clean water project, Jesuit Social Service (JSS) is helping the communities see the intricate connection between forest and water resources, motivating them to cut fewer trees and...
Autumn colours Paul Varnum via Unsplash
Harvest thanksgiving celebrates not only God’s seasonal gifts of crops for sustenance, but has become a more general celebration of thanksgiving for his gift of all the rich and interdependent diversity of life on earth.  We are increasingly aware of the fragility of the intricate balance that sustains such a rich diversity of life on our unique planet, and of the fragility of the conditions required for any life to continue on earth at all.Early in the last century with so many boasts of...
Care for the environment has been a key issue for this pontificate. Credit: Wikipedia
Pope Francis has called on Christians of all denominations to engage in a major global ecumenical stewardship initiative, as we prepare to celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation tomorrow (Thursday, 1 September).Originally an initiative of the Orthodox Church, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation started in 1989; Pope Francis went on to establish it as an event for the Catholic Church in a letter last year to Cardinal Peter Turkson, the President of the Pontifical...
Celebrating our earth: 8 - 16 October 2016. Credit: pixabay
Supporters of Jesuit Missions are being encouraged to join a Week of Action to ensure that climate change remains on the agenda of politicians and the world’s decision-makers. The Week, organised by The Climate Coalition of which Jesuit Missions is a member, aims to celebrate the people, places and things we want to protect from climate change and to send a clear message to Members of Parliament.“We’ll be seeing nature walks, tea parties, classic lobbies, community energy...
Jesuits and their associates joined those urging change at COP21 in Paris. Credit: flickr
The Jesuits in Britain are among the 130 investors who have written to the leaders of the G20 nations, urging them to ensure the transition to the low-carbon, clean energy economy agreed at the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21) last year is implemented as quickly as possible.In their letter, the subject of an article in the Financial Times, the investors point out that governments “have a responsibility to work with the private sector to ensure that this transition happens fast...
Jesuit Missions produces a wide range of resources for primary & secondary schools
Riding on a wave of some amazing achievements last year, Jesuit Missions is looking forward to another full year of producing thought-provoking resources for schools.Beginning this Lent (which starts on 10 February 2016), Jesuit Missions has prepared Our Common Home - a set of four weekly PowerPoints, designed for school assemblies. It follows a similar format to last year's Great Hope but with an even stronger emphasis on the environment.Week One: Finding God in all thingsWeek Two: The life of...
Delegates at COP21 in Paris are aiming for a just and binding agreement over climate change
As COP21 goes into its second week, Pope Francis has invoked the Holy Spirit upon delegates meeting for the Climate Change conference in Paris. In his address after the Angelus yesterday, he prayed for the conference’s success, saying that it was vital for humanity.Speaking to thousands of pilgrims in St Peter’s Square, the Pope said that as he is following the work of the conference closely. He also reiterated the question he asked in his recent encyclical Laudato Si: "What kind of world do we...
Symbolic act of solidarity: shoes from Pope Francis
At the weekend, tens of thousands of people around the world expressed their determination that world leaders meeting at the COP21 talks in Paris take decisive and positive action over climate change. They took to the streets of capital cities including London, but the demonstration in the French capital itself became symbolic, rather than a mass rally.Since gatherings had been cancelled following the terrorist attacks last month, people instead placed pairs of shoes where they would have stood...
Jesuit Missions supporters at the London Climate Change rally
World leaders have gathered in Paris for the COP21 climate change talks. Jesuits and their associates involved in environmental issues worldwide are also in the French capital for the conference that will run between 30 November and 11 December. It is hoped that during this conference nations will reach an agreement to limit emissions in order to prevent global warming surpassing 2C above pre-industrial levels.Yesterday, hundreds of thousands of activists marched around the world to urge action...
Marching for Climate Change: John Englart (Takver)
As all eyes rest on the UN summit on Climate Change in Paris this week (COP21), Jesuit Missions is gearing up to join its voice with thousands of others by marching in London today in support of a climate change deal.The People’s March for Climate, Justice and Jobs kicks off in major cities in the UK and around the world. It’s not only a call to us to take action; it’s an unequivocal challenge to policy makers and governments, to say that binding laws limited greenhouse emissions must be...

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