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Rome – Assisi Conference on Spirituality and Sustainability

Br. Kevin Cawley of Edmund Rice International joined a large group of scholars and practitioners this summer at a Conference on Spirituality and Sustainability assembled in Rome and Assisi from June 24 – July 4. Kevin had responded to a special invitation from the sponsors of the conference on “Spirituality and Sustainability,” as Executive Director […]

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Impossible to Guarantee Safety of Afghan Returnees – Report

The Edmund Rice Centre for Justice & Community Education (ERC) has been documenting the fate of rejected asylum seekers returned to Afghanistan by the Australian government since 2002. Their latest report is the continuation of ERC’s determination to investigate Australia’s most recent deportations to Afghanistan by providing an overview of Afghanistan’s current security, political, and […]

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Citizens Climate March on Washington April 29, 2017 – Edmund Rice International Participation

There are always questions for some about the worth of public demonstrations on behalf of good causes.  Assembling large contingents requires, among other concerns, months and months of careful planning and long discussions about logistics, permits, line of march, themes, signage requirements and restrictions, transport logistics, costs to participants in time and money, alternative routes, […]

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‘Laudato Si’ – One Year On

18th June marks the first anniversary of  the papal encyclical ‘Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home’. More than a document about just the environment, the encyclical links our duty to the poor and vulnerable, our responsibility as stewards of the earth and concerns about blind technological and economic progress which ignores the common […]

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International Mother Earth Day – April 22nd

Since 1970, the 22nd April has been designated as World Earth Day, “a movement which gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channelling human energy toward environmental issues.” This years Earth Day is especially significant, with world leaders and diplomats converging on the United Nations’ New York headquarters to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change […]

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An Historic Decision for the World

I was privileged to attend the first week of the COP21 in Paris on Climate Change as a delegate for Franciscans International, and I monitored for ERI networks the second week of decisions, when the draft text was refashioned by the politicians into the final Paris Agreement and Decisions. It was a tremendous process of […]

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Will You March to Save the Planet?

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) will take place in Paris from Nov 30th until Dec 11th. The conference objective is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world. It is almost universally accepted that cooperative climate action is essential for the international community to […]

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Earth Overshoot Day Reached On Aug 13th

In less than eight months, humanity has used up nature’s budget for the entire year, according to data from Global Footprint Network. Global Footprint Network tracks humanity’s demand on the planet (Ecological Footprint) against nature’s ability to provide for this demand (biocapacity). Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s annual demand on nature exceeds […]

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A Year of Living Sustainably

In 2012–13, ERI challenged the Edmund Rice Network (ERN) worldwide, to publish or begin projects that would reduce the ecological footprint of a group in their local area. Twelve people volunteered for this, and thus was launched ….“A Year of Living Sustainably’    

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Mixed Progress in Addressing Global Tax Evasion and Corruption

  Disappointment has been expressed that a small group of rich countries blocked a plan for international tax rule-making to be removed from the clutches of the world’s rich countries, with developing countries being given more of a say. At the Third Financing for Development Conference (FfD3)hat concluded recently in Addis Ababa the push for […]

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