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Eco-bites | June 2021
The European Green Deal talks of the citizen as one who must be protected and that is certainly a basic task of government. It speaks of the need for dialogue with citizens in analysing the challenges and designing the solutions by which they can be overcome. Yet it fails to address citizens as responsible adults with a sense of generous goodwill.
 
Editorial by Edmond Grace SJ
Environmental mobility and solidarity
Brussels, June 2021
On June 15, the University Centre Saint-Ignatius Antwerp (UCSIA) held a webinar on environmental migration and displacement though the prism of faith and justice. This event included presentations by Josianne Gauthier, Secretary General of CIDSE, and Alberto Ares SJ, Director of the University Institute for Studies on Migration Studies (IUEM) at the University of Comillas. You can access the recording here.
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Stepping forward for the common good
International, June 2021
On June 8, the Ecojesuit-launched "Stepping Forward for the Global Common Good" workshop series held its first event. Under the title of "Global rules, local solutions", this workshop focused on the Paris Agreement Rulebook and community-led Nature-based solutions that draw strength from solidarity and shared gratitude for creation. You can watch the recorded event here.
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Security and cooperation
Brussels, June 2021
JESC's Director, Peter Rožič SJ, writes on the need of pragmatism in the international fora to successfully address the ecological question. Read "A Case for Climate and Outer-Space Collaboration: Managing the World with the Great-Powers’ Good and Bad". A reflection on the kind of diplomacy that the society of nations needs to push coordinated environmental action forward.
 
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A decade lost
International, June 2021

This month, REN21’s Renewables 2021 Global Status Report revealed that, while renewable energy has increased, this is overshadowed by fossil fuels remaining the dominant energy source for the world. Reflecting on this, and on its social dimension, some faith organisations such as CIDSE, CAFOD and Alboan released an statement in support for stronger legal action.

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The great transition guide
Oxford, June 2021
Séverine Deneulin, Director of International Development at the LSRI, has led the English translation of the abridged version of Le Manuel de la Grande Transition: Former pour Transformer (The Great Transition Guide: Principles for a Transformative Education), a text originally published in French as an initiative of the Transition Campus which addresses the nurturing of sustainable lifestyles.
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Already too late?
International, June 2021
The scientist who led the international MOSAiC expedition to the North Pole warned that the point could have already been reached at which irreversible global warming is triggered. Read more about the implications of the disappearance of summer sea ice in the Arctic, and the demands for urgent climate action in the context of the G7 Summit, here.
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Reducing our digital carbon footprint
International, April 2021
Translated by JESC, the "Ecojesuit Sheet n°39"  from the EOF Province addresses different ways to make our relationship with information technologies more green and sustainable. Coordinated by Jérôme Gué SJ, the Ecojesuit Sheet series constitutes the go-to archive to try to improve the alignment between our lifestyles and the care for our common home.
Photo: Deloitte
Ecojesuit Europe - Champions of Creation
Brussels, June 2021
At 3pm CET on June 30, Ecojesuit Europe will hold a webinar on the presentation of JESC's project "Champions of Creation". Champions of Creation is a project-initiative meant to address the organisational road to sustainability through the monitoring of office-based ecological footprint. Learn more about the goals of this project, its alignment with Laudato Si' and its accompaniment system by joining the event. Contact Edmond Grace SJ (edmond.grace@jesc.eu) for further information about Ecojesuit Europe and Champions of Creation.
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LSRI Celebration
Oxford, June 2021
On June 23 (4pm-6pm BST), join the Laudato Si’ Research Institute celebration. The event will include lectures by Professor Lisa Sowle Cahill (Boston College) on "Realistic Hope in Apocalyptic Times: The Ecological Challenge to Catholic Social Teaching" and Dr Enric Sala (Global Conservation Project, National Geographic) on "The Nature of Nature: Why We Need the Wild". It will also include poetry readings by Professor Peter Davidson from Campion Hall, University of Oxford. You can register for this hybrid event here
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