Eco-bites | April 2021
Season of the Resurrection
We don't know what rising from the dead is like, but one particular story from the gospels can put us in touch in a beautiful manner with our experience of life on earth.
Editorial by Edmond Grace SJ
Environmental Policy Advocate at the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, Ciara Murphy joins the story to discuss the relation between faith and science and the accommodation of the ecological mandate within communities and organisations. Dive into her advocacy work and into how the Irish Province aims to materialising the fourth UAP at this month's edition of the story. 
Biodiversity - road to COP15 and COP26
International, April 2021
On April 20 the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development organised a webinar in the context of rebalancing social systems with nature in the wake of Covid-19. Delivered by Cardinal Peter Tukson and Jane Goodall, this exchange focused in educating, advocating and inspiring biodiversity protection and restoration ahead of two global events: COP15 and COP26. You can learn more and watch the discussion here.
Pastoral care for climate displaced people
Rome, April 2021
The Migrants & Refugees Section from the Vatican has released the "Pastoral Orientations on Climate Displaced People". This document explains the new challenges posed by the disturbing perilous phenomena of climate disruption in many parts of the globe and suggests appropriate pastoral responses through a comprehensive toolkit for warm pastoral care. You can access and download this document here.
                                                                      Photo: UNHCR
Ignatian leadership in ecology
United States, April 2021
On Earth Day, April 22, Gonzaga University launched officially the Gonzaga Center for Climate, Society, and the Environment. The center’s development is a direct response to the threat of global climate change from the school’s Catholic, Jesuit, humanistic mission commitment. Access the center's inaugural lecture by Dr. Brian G. Henning on "Universities in the Ecozoic Era" here
Photo: Gonzaga University
The wailing of God's creatures
Europe, April 2021
"The Wailing of God’s Creatures – Catholic Social Teaching, Human Activity, and the Collapse of Biological Diversity" is the new report commissioned to the Laudato Si’ Research Institute by CIDSE, CAFOD, and the Global Catholic CIimate Movement, which calls political leaders and decision-makers to give draw more attention to the collapse of Earth's ecosystems. You can access and download the report here.
Photo: WWF
Eco-Gospel - Sunday of Easter
International, April 2021
Published by the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), "The new life of the Risen One challenges us in our daily consumption habits" by Gladys De la Cruz Castañón HCJC invites us to reflect through faith on the ecological dimension of our lifestyles. You can access the text here at GCCM's website. 
Photo: CPB
The return of green competition?
International, April 2021
With participation of the UN Secretary-General and 40 World Leaders, the US President Joe Biden launched World Leaders Summit on Climate promises to ramp up international commitments on emissions reduction. In preparation, the EU  brokered a last-minute agreement on a more ambitious EU climate law, the US has announced the doubling of its cut targets, and other players are also expected to revise their plans.      Photo:
Celebrating Earth Day with the Ignatian family
Global, April 2021
In the context of the Ignatian celebration of Earth day, the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the US has partnered with the Ignatian Solidarity Network, the Catholic Climate Covenant and the Sisters of Mercy to create a 21-Day Environmental Justice Challenge. From April 23 to May 16, educational materials on a wide range of environmental justice issues will be provided, alongside prayer resources and action tools.
 Photo: Ignatian Solidarity Network
"A Prayer for Our Earth", a poem written by Pope Francis and read by JESC team members.
Eco-bites is a monthly online newsletter of the Jesuit European Social Centre (JESC) on integral ecology.

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