Eco-bites | December 2020
Creating a new vision for our world

It is easy to scan “green” announcements in the academic sector and move on, but these reflect the achievement and dedication of people who want to make our relationship with the earth more clearly understood.
 Editorial by Edmond Grace SJ
Director of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice in Dublin, Kevin Hargaden, was interviewed by JESC's Junior Ecology Officer, Telmo Olascoaga, to talk about neoliberalism, de-growth and our spiritual relationship with wealth. Dive into the politics and economics of integral ecology from the perspective of a theologian at this month's issue of "the story".
Read the full interview
Photo: VOX Magazine
MOOC on sustainability and Ignatian values
Europe, December 2020
Jesuit universities around the world developed a joint Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on sustainability and Ignatian values reflecting the integral ecology proposed by Pope Francis in Laudato Si’.  These online courses are to be made accessible through commercial or universities’ platforms, allowing students and a broader audience to join.
 School of environmental sustainability
International, December 2020
Loyola University Chicago launched its new School of Environmental Sustainability (SES), the first-ever school dedicated to environmental sustainability across Jesuit institutions worldwide. Learn how this programme plans to increase Jesuit influence as leaders in environmental stewardship, research, and action at its new website.
Photo: Loyola University Chicago
Eco-lessons from the pandemic
Brussels, December 2020
Senior Advisor in CIDSE, Chiara Martinelli writes about how the dilemmas brought by the Covid crisis could and should inform climate policy in the future. Access her proposed drivers of climate ambition at  her article "Five years after Paris, the Ecological Alarm is ringing Loud and Clear". 

Photo: Solar Tribune
The environment and the CETA agreement
Dublin, December 2020
On the occasion of this month's Irish vote to ratify the CETA Agreement, Ciara Murphy from JCFJ warns about the environmental risks derived from the treaty's obscure arbitration mechanism. Learn more about CETA's impact on corporate accountability and democracy on Murphy's article "CETA agreement should not be ratified"
EU agrees on tougher climate goals for 2030
Brussels, December 2020
EU leaders agreed this month to set an ambitious target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030. While this development puts the EU on track to net-zero emissions by 2050, green groups and the European Parliament argue that keeping the rise in temperatures under 1.5C this century will require the UE to be far more ambitious (65-70%). 
Photo: European Parliament
Human progress in the anthropocene
International, December 2020
Published this month by the UN, the 2020 Human Development Report reveals the ecological unsustainability and inefficiency of the contemporary notion of progress. HDI top performers are notable for dangerously high levels of ecological footprint, while those at the Global South face a disproportionate share of the negative impact of climate change and ecological breakdown.
 Photo: UNDP
In this month we give praise to this season - the season of the birth of Jesus Christ. JESC's Secretary for Ecology, Edmond Grace SJ, shares with us an inspiring story to celebrate the Christmas season.
Eco-bites is a monthly online newsletter of the Jesuit European Social Centre (JESC) on integral ecology.

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