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High Level Political Forum Reviews Progress Towards the Sustainable Development Goals

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were established by the United Nations in 2015 to succeed the Millenium Development Goals. The SDGs are further broken down into a total of 169 targets and 304 indicators which measure compliance. The goals cover social and economic development issues including poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, […]

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What Might a Sustainable School Look Like?

Students and teachers at Presentation College, Bray in Ireland have developed an innovative approach to raise awareness about the 17 internationally agreed UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A team of 37 student-activists, with the support of some teachers, used the popular computer game ‘Minecaft’ to imagine and design what their school might look like if […]

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Climate Change Damaging Health of Millions While Greenhouse Gas Levels Surge

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has recently reported that concentrations of CO2 gas (a major greenhouse gas contributor to global warming) had surged in 2016 to reach a level not seen for more than 3 million years.. More alarmingly is that the abrupt rate of increase in concentration of the gas in the atmosphere is […]

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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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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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The Danger of an e-Waste Tsunami

The recognised need for responsible management of chemicals in e-waste has brought together Governments, civil society, the private sector and the chemical industry. Hence, parties to three major chemical Conventions met recently in Geneva to consider the problem of electronic waste in the context of the global environment agenda. The issue raises two critical issues, […]

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Climate, Faith and Hope: Faith traditions come together for a common future

The specific contributions that faith traditions bring to the international climate debate was highlighted at the recent Interfaith Summit on Climate Change in New York, held in conjunction with the UN Climate Summit convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Thirty religious leaders from diverse religious traditions participated in the summit and signed a statement expressing […]

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