Canadian Jesuits Join Six Other Catholic Institutions in Announcing Commitment to Fossil Fuel Divestment

(by Boshra Yazahmeidi) Seven Catholic institutions from across the globe announced their decision to divest from fossil fuels last week on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, culminating the Season of Creation celebrations with the largest faith-based divestment announcement to date. This latest commitment to divestment from within the Catholic Church highlights the growing … More Canadian Jesuits Join Six Other Catholic Institutions in Announcing Commitment to Fossil Fuel Divestment

Global Map of Environmental Injustice

(by Boshra Yazahmeidi) The Environmental Justice Atlas, also known as EJAtlas, is an interactive database housing a wealth of information about ecological conflicts worldwide, through an accessible, colourful, and easy-to-use map.  You can access the map via: https://ejatlas.org/ The developers have defined ecological conflicts to be those led by mobilised communities and social movements against … More Global Map of Environmental Injustice

Australian State Bans Unconventional Gas Mining

(by Boshra Yazahmeidi) It is something of a historic moment when the state ranked second in economic performance in a country that has heavily relied on mining decides to introduce legislation to ban all exploration and development of unconventional onshore gas.  This is Victoria. Unconventional gas mining refers to the extraction of natural gas from … More Australian State Bans Unconventional Gas Mining

Report Highlights Environmental Concerns at McArthur River Mine

(by Boshra Yazahmeidi) A report released this week by the Mineral Policy Institute calls on the operator of the McArthur River Mine to halt operations until a public commission of inquiry has examined how the mine intends to ensure the safety of its operations, and at what financial cost. As one of the world’s largest zinc, … More Report Highlights Environmental Concerns at McArthur River Mine

JCAP Sustainability Conference Turns Minds to Mining and Ecology Issues

Patxi Alvarez, Director of the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat, highlighted the work of the Justice in Mining Network and other Global Ignatian Advocacy Networks at the recent conference on sustainability hosted by the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific at Sanata Dharma University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. “A Call to Dialogue on the Sustainability of Life … More JCAP Sustainability Conference Turns Minds to Mining and Ecology Issues

Mining and environmental justice: The struggle for water, health, and human security in Honduras

What is the impact of extractive industries such as mining in Honduras? And how are people in poor rural communities responding? With the support of the US Jesuit Conference and the Jesuit Central-Southern Province, Saint Louis University and ERIC, the Reflection, Research and Communication Center in Honduras, partnered to investigate the social and environmental risks … More Mining and environmental justice: The struggle for water, health, and human security in Honduras

Potential Human Rights Case for World’s Largest Carbon Emitters

In an unprecedented action, a government body has accused 47 of the world’s largest cement, oil, coal, and mining companies of releasing greenhouse gases that have violated the human rights of millions of people in the Philippines. The Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHR) has sent a 60-page document to the likes of … More Potential Human Rights Case for World’s Largest Carbon Emitters

Reconciliation with Creation Workshop – A reflection on the forest walk

“The conversations we had along the way reminded me that environmental problems are social problems that demand holistic responses.”   In June 2016, Jorge Basave attended a Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific event in the Philippines which focused on Reconciliation with Creation. He has submitted this reflection on the Day 2 activity, a forest walk immersing … More Reconciliation with Creation Workshop – A reflection on the forest walk