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Eco-bites | February 2021
Overcoming this crisis

 
Communities are organising, learning, acting. A wider network has developed to ensure the availability of resources and to foster solidarity. What matters is the objective of overcoming this crisis. Their resources may seem so small and inadequate compared with the threat of an advancing desert or the power of multinational companies but human action is always on a small scale. Those actions can multiply but each person always deals with a small neighbourly group, no matter what the enterprise - be it tiny or vast.
 Editorial by Edmond Grace SJ
Manager at the Conference Development Office of the Jesuit Conference of India and South Asia, Charles Dhinakaran joins our interview series to discuss the connection between international development, faith and ecology. Learn about the field-work of the JCI-SA on integral ecology and the political economy of sustainable development at this month's edition of "the story". 

 
Transforming EU food systems
Europe, February 2021
Member of the EU Food Policy Coalition, CIDSE shares a short introduction of its recently published policy paper on a 10+13 agroecology approach to shape policies and transform EU food systems. This paradigm is intended to inspire the future EU legal framework for Sustainable Food Systems, a development emanated from both the EU Biodiversity and Farm to Fork strategies.
 
Photo: Washington Post
Rising sea levels
International, February 2021
New research indicates that sea levels are rising faster than most pessimistic forecasts resulting in earlier flood risks to coastal countries. According to this study, economies need to slash an additional 200 billion metric tons of carbon - equivalent to about five years of global emissions - to remain within the thresholds set by previous forecasts.
Photo: The Guardian
Engineering green trade and tax
Brussels and Washington DC, February 2021
Peter Rožič SJ, the Director of the Jesuit European Social Centre, writes about the role, structure and caveats of a future European climate adjustment border mechanism (CBAM). Learn more about how to align international trade with a sustainable climate at his latest article: "Engineering green trade without carbon border tax".
 
Photo: Ana Kovač
Justice in the mining sector
International, February 2021
Justice in Mining is a global Jesuit advocacy network working to promote socio-ecological justice in within extractive industries. This month, the Jesuit Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean has published an article (in Spanish) diving into the its aims, its inspiration and its current strategic plan
 
 
Photo: Shane McLendon 
Receiving Laudato Si' with joy
Europe, February 2021
Aiming to help other Jesuit Provinces and institutions in their discernment to answer Pope Francis’ call to a true ecological conversion, Xavier de Bénazé SJ, Laudato Si’ Delegate of the EOF Province, has shared with Ecojesuit the EOF Ecological Transition apostolate's strategic plan. You can read more at Ecojesuit's website.
 
 Photo: Xavier de Bénazé SJ
A new socio-ecological contract
Brussels, February 2021
Under the banner of "Towards a new socio-ecological contract" The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) organised this month a conference which brought together EU officials, economists and representatives from social actors to discuss the green transition. You can access the video recordings of the different discussions at ETUI's website.

Photo: EU Debates TV
 Job opening: Ecological Transition Officer
Europe, February 2021
The French-speaking Western European Province (EOF) is looking to recruit a "Responsable de Transition Ecologique" to reinforce their Ecological Transition Apostolate team. Access the job description and apply here


 
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