Tag Archives: EcoJustice

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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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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Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (2014 – 2024)

In June, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared the decade 2014‑2024 as the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL). The initiative, seeks to make universal access to renewable energy a global priority, at a time when 1.3 billion people lack electricity and 2.6 billion in developing countries use biomass in cooking and heating […]

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Climate Change is Real and Human Activity is Responsible – IPCC

‘Human influence on the climate system is clear’ and‘Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia.’ These are two of the headline statements from the recently releasedIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. Set up in 1988, the IPCC is a UN body based in […]

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Edmund Rice Society Marks World Water Day in Bulawayo.

The southern part of Zimbabwe has received below average rains for the past three years, believed to be a result of climate change. In addition, illegal gold panning has contributed to increasing silting of dams which in turn has reduced the capacity of the dams to supply water to the city of Bulawayo. Residents of […]

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The Rise of the South – New NDP Report

 The UN Development Programme releases a report every two years or so. The latest one is entitled, rather melodramatically, ‘The Rise of the South’. The full report is available online. For those who’ve been battling poverty over the last 10, 20, 30 , … 50 years, it’s good news. Yes, some countries are moving out […]

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Colaiste Muire Students Celebrate Earth Hour

The dining assembly of Colaiste Muire, Cobh was a hive of activity on Friday the 30th March from 1-2. There was a sense of anticipation and excitement as the lights were dimmed, electricity was unplugged and Mrs Bilginer and Miss Ormond addressed the crowd. The community of Colaiste Muire, Cobh decided to present an ’Unplugged […]

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