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Eco-bites | May 2021
Laudato Si’ Week 2021 is the crowning event of the Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year and a celebration of the progress the whole Church has made on its journey to ecological conversion.
 
Editorial by Edmond Grace SJ
Climate change as a security risk
Brussels, May 2021
JESC's Director, Peter Rožič SJ, writes on the importance of understanding climate change as a growing threat to human security. Read "Human Security as Humanity’s Survival: The Threat of Climate Change and the Pope’s Response". A reflection on a not-marginal dimension of the current crisis, and a recognition of Laudato Si' as a pioneer work on the integral analysis of ecology.
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Advocating for climate justice
International, May 2021
"Towards COP26: Advocating for Climate Justice, A Commitment from the Ignatian Family" is the collective statement by the Ignatian Family and its collaborators and partners to change and for change. An awakening at a time of massive global challenges that upended all spheres of human life and activities. Click here to read the statement.
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Laudato Si' Week: calendar and resources
International, May 2021
The Global Catholic Climate Movement's (GCCM) website now includes a dedicated section where you will find everything you need to know about what 2021 Laudato Si' Week has to offer. You can access the calendar, watch video recordings of events and find Laudato Si' related actions you can join or support in your area.
 
 Photo: LaudatoSiWeek.org
Laudato Si' Action Platform launched
Rome, May 2021

The Laudato Si’ Action Platform is being launched on May 24 with the mission of "creating communities around the world totally sustainable in the spirit of the integral ecology of Laudato Si’." The Platform, its 7 goals and its 7 year pathway, will be resourced from the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, its working group, and communicated to various institutions and organisations.

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Divestment: Catholics’ moral imperative
Rome, May 2021
On May 19, Laudato Si’ held an online dialogue on moving past a fossil fuel economy. The panel, which included Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, President of COMECE, and Rev. Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam, Head of the Vatican’s Ecology and Creation Office, discussed about how Catholics can lead the divestment movement. In April 2018, JESC announced its pledge to a full divestment from fossil fuels. 
Photo: National Catholic Reporter
A refreshing wind in the US
International, May 2021
Ann Marie Brennan, Vice President of the World Executive Council of Christian Life Community (CLC) and Ecojesuit COP Delegate, writes in Ecojesuit about recent US efforts to acknowledge the urgency of the climate situation and to renew and even ramp up its commitments is a powerful and positive sign of responsible leadership. You can access her article here.
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A prayer for the Earth from Laudato Si'
International, April 2021
Ecojesuit has produced and shared a video  of Pope Francis’ Prayer for the Earth from Laudato Si’. This video is part of the broader Connecting Voices, Connecting Laudato Si’: Action 2021, an initiative on celebrating the simplicity of life, of nature, and the deep importance of community. 


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The need for nature-based solutions
International, May 2021
While there is still debate around their potential contribution to achieving net-zero targets by mid-century, new research highlights the importance of nature based solutions to limit global temperature rise. Despite this, evidence shows that as little as 1.5% of all public international climate finance has gone to support nature-based solutions for adaptation in developing countries.
 
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Laudato Si' Reflection Day
Brussels, May 2021
Tomorrow, on May 27, the European Laudato Si’ Alliance is organising a full-day webinar on ecological conversion with the title of "The Dream, the Plan, the Path". You can join the 4th Laudato Si' Reflection Day by registering here
Photo: Caritas Europa
Pope Francis invites you to celebrate Laudato Si' Week 2021. A video by GCCM.
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