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Eco-Bites February 2020
  a Church with an Amazonian face

“The beloved Amazon region stands before the world
                                                                  in all its splendour, its drama and its mystery.”

Thus begins Pope Francis' response to the Amazon Synod, which was was published as we went to print. Our lack of editorial comment signifies a shortage of time rather than interest and, clearly, this is a very important moment, You will be hear from us in the coming week.
Catholic Development Agencies Respond
Brussels, February 2020.                    
CIDSE, one of our eco-partners, represents eighteen Catholic development agencies from Europe and North America. They have issued a press release on the pope's statement.
Photo: CIDSE Communications.
The Green Deal? Ask the locals.
     Brussels, February 2020                      
Outgoing president of the European Committee of the Regions, Karl-Heinz Lambert talks about the need to talk to locals - everywhere - if the Green Deal is to work on the ground. 

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Photo: EUobserve
Bush fires and Aborigine wisdom
Australia, 2020
Indigenous people may need our support but they have been around a long time and they have enduring insights. Don't miss the "bit about the Aborigines" in the attached article, keep on reading. 
Climate Home News.
UN ruling on climate refugees.
Geneva, January 2020.
The good news is that they have been recognised as refugees. The bad news is the story of their disappearing homelands.  Ioane Teitiota who took this case, comes from Kiribati. Do you know where Kiribati is?
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Photo: AusAID/Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
An astronaut talks ecology.
Dublin, January 2020.

Astronaut Chris Hadfield talks of how space travel has influenced his view of the earth and how, living in a space station, you are intensely aware of its mini-ecology! 
Photo:Ecoflight
A Charter for Change.
Brussels , January 2020.   
Our Editor, Edmond Grace SJ, was invited by Vice-President Mairead McGuinness to take the floor at a recent event at the European Parliament. He spoke of a Charter for Change.
The First Step
Edmond Grace SJ
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