environment

The people of Guyana voted in National and Regional elections on 11 May, with the Jesuits urging that people move beyond the racial tensions that have marred the electoral process since independence. Guyana is much more than the small coastal strip where the sugar plantations used to be. If the descendants of the slaves brought from Africa and the Indentured labourers brought from India to work on those plantations, could turn their gaze inland, they would recognise that the real wealth of the...
Earth Day 2015
Regarded by many as the birth of the modern environmental movement, Earth Day began exactly 45 years ago today.  On 22 April 1970, millions of Americans took to the streets in response to a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Mobilised by Senator Gaylord Nelson and inspired by the student anti-war movement, those early environmental pioneers sought to infuse protest energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution to force environmental protection up...
A beaver in the River Otter in Devon
A campaign we are currently running at Friends of the Earth (an environmental charity for which I volunteer in their legal team) concerns beavers. After an exile of 500 years, beavers have successfully reestablished themselves in the River Otter in Devon.  They are much beloved and have achieved minor celebrity status with locals and environmentalists alike. Alas, the Government thinks that the beavers are an invasive, and potentially disease-carrying species, and its Environment...
Jesuits who work across the vast Amazonian rainforest are collaborating to protect the world’s largest eco-system – and its peoples – from destruction. Together with their lay partners, they met recently in Manaus, Brazil, with representatives from various non-governmental organisations and funding agencies, as well as from school and university networks, for the launch of the Pan-Amazonian Project.The project, which is an initiative of CPAL, the Conference of Latin American...
Patrice has worked as a child miner since he was eight
In 2008, the 35th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus (GC 35) recognised the fundamental relationship between people and creation and called for a deepening of this relationship, saying: “Care of the environment affects the quality of our relationship with God, with other human beings and with creation itself” (Decree 3: 32). This commitment to the environment led to the Jesuits establishing the Governance of Natural and Mineral Resources (GNMR) Network, which supports and...
Pope Francis has called for more respect for nature, saying that the destruction of South America's rain forests and other forms of environmental exploitation are ‘a sin of modern times’.In an address to students, farmers and redundant workers at the University of Molise, an agricultural region of southern Italy, the Pope said the earth should be allowed to give her fruits without being exploited. “This is one of the greatest challenges of our time: to convert ourselves to...
The Annual Justice and Peace Conference this July will bring together several persuasive Catholics to address the topic: Called to Life in All Its Fullness: accepting the responsibility of our baptism. The aim of the conference will be to empower lay people to accept the responsibility of baptism; to provide an opportunity to bring life experiences and relate them to their baptismal call; and to be a celebration of life and a renewal of vision. Speakers will include the Senior Lecturer in...