Fossil Fuel Divestment – Where do Jesuit Institutions Fit In?

 (by Boshra Yazahmeidi ) In July this year, youth attending World Youth Day sent an open letter to Pope Francis urging him to ensure that the Vatican cuts ties with the fossil fuel industry. Only a month earlier, four Australian Catholic orders made the decision to divest fully from fossil fuels in response to the Pope’s … More Fossil Fuel Divestment – Where do Jesuit Institutions Fit In?

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

Responsible consumption and production

(by Julie Edwards) Understanding the impact that our lifestyles have on the environment is key to bringing about behavioural change.  Waste, pollution and excessive consumption are all hurting the earth and its inhabitants, not just through climate change, but also by fuelling violence, mass displacement of people, degradation of land and unsustainable water practices. One … More Responsible consumption and production

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

Website Launch – Justice in Mining

The Justice in Mining Network is excited to mark this Feast day of St Ignatius with the launch of its new website, www.justiceinmining.com. The website builds on the Network’s existing Facebook presence, and is part of a communications strategy to help build awareness of human rights and environmental issues relating to mining. “One of the Network’s … More Website Launch – Justice in Mining

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

The opportunity for Jesuits to advocate for Justice in Mining

The Jesuits have strong connections to local communities around the world. Many of these communities are deeply affected by the exploitation of local resources, yet addressing these impacts has until recently been the priority of individual Jesuits or particular Centres, and not the broader Society of Jesus. It is also true that often the focus … More The opportunity for Jesuits to advocate for Justice in Mining