Eco-bites | January 2021

A new year brings a new initiative for us here in JESC. It is aimed at anyone in Europe with an interest in Ignatian spirituality and Ecology.
 Editorial by Edmond Grace SJ
Newly appointed Laudato Si’ delegate at the French West Europe Province, Xavier de Bénazé SJ shares his vision with JESC Junior Ecology Officer, Telmo Olascoaga, about the Jesuit engagement in Ecology in Europe. Discover his background, aims and analysis at this month's edition of 'the story'.
Read the full interview
Mission and challenges for a new year
International, January 2021
Global Coordinator for Ecojesuit, Pedro Walpole SJ reflects on the path ahead for 2021 covering the different trends and elements which define our epoch-defining present. Read Pedro Walpole's take at Ecojesuit's first editorial of the year.

CIDSE on the need for decisive action
Brussels, January 2021
In the midst of the pandemic and 5 years after the Paris Agreement, faith, science and youth groups get together to urge governments to act decisively on new ambitious climate goals. Read CIDSE's analysis and call for political boldness here.

Photo: BBC
Book: How the Pope went green
Oxford, January 2021
In a new book written with Campion Hall Fellow Dr Austen Ivereigh, Pope Francis explains the awakening of his ecological consciousness, and why he decided to write his groundbreaking 2015 letter, Laudato Sí. You can access an extract of this new book at the Laudato Si' Research Institute's website.
Photo: LSRI
CERAS: New annotated edition of Laudato Si'
France, January 2021
The Jesuit Center for Research and Social Action (CERAS) has prepared an annotated edition of Laudato Si, with comments from a number of Jesuits collaborating in CERAS. You can get your copy of "Laudato Si' on the safeguard of our common home" here
World Economic Forum Meeting 2021
Davos, January 2021
Under the theme of "The Great Reset", world leaders gather this month in Davos to discuss the state of the world and the engineering of an exit to our contemporary multi-dimensional crisis. With environmental concerns ranking high in the agenda, this meeting will be critical in determining the scale and direction of the global response to ecological breakdown.
 Photo: WEF
Justice after the hottest year on record
Europe, January 2021
In the context of the current pandemic and after the hottest year on record, Prof. Ottmar Edenhofer, Pope's new scientific adviser, has talked about the duty of rich countries to compensate for the "existential risk” posed by climate change to the Global South. Read his take on Catholic church' role in ecology in his latest interview for The Guardian.
Photo: IDW
 Accompanying youth to a hope-filled future
International, January 2021
The School of Environmental Sustainability of Loyola University Chicago has opened the registration for its sixth annual Climate Change Conference in March 2021 with the theme "Accompanying Youth to a Hope-filled Future". Those interested in joining this virtual conference can register here.

Photo: Loyola University Chicago
Eco-bites is a monthly online newsletter of the Jesuit European Social Centre (JESC) on integral ecology.

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