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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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‘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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Vatican Calls for Climate Change Commitment

  From commencement of his Pontificate, Pope Francis stressed protection of the environment as against man’s greedy exploitation of it to the detriment of others.[1] At the UN Climate Summit, Cardinal Parolin reiterated the moral imperative to act to protect and value creation for the good of present and future generations.[2] Climate change, His Eminence […]

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How Does Climate Change Affect Human Rights?

On Thursday 19 June, a side event to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, on “Climate Change and Human Rights – an Ethics perspective”, was organized by the Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, Environment and Human Rights (GIFCCEHR), of which the WCC is a founder member, and co-sponsored by a dozen civil […]

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Young Latin Americans Demonstrate their Commitment to the Planet

  To celebrate the International Day of Mother Earth, a group of young people from the Chapel of Christ the Conqueror, in the district of San Juan de Lurigancho in Lima, kept a Vigil to raise awareness about  care of the planet. On Sunday April 21, when the clock in front of the Chapel marked […]

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Year of the Forests

  One of the most frightening things I have heard this year, the Year of the Forests, was a statement by Brian Swimme, at the District Assembly of our Brothers in Zambia. The African Province Renewal Team, who facilitated the Assembly, showed a video clip of Brian saying that, “Every wild cheetah is now in […]

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Cochabamba hosts World Summit on Climate Change and Mother Earth

The Brothers in Bolivia have been participating in the World Summit on Climate Change and Mother Earth which was held in Cochabamba in the last days of April. Up to 20,000 people from around the world gathered to discuss the causes and effects of climate change and to draft a document which would outline a […]

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Saving the Black Robin – Auckland, May 28 – 30, 2009

New Zealanders once brought the black robin, the world’s rarest bird, back from the brink of extinction. There were only six birds left – the only black robins left in the world. It wasn’t just government money and scientific skills that saved the robin (though they were essential – and willingly given); the people involved […]

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The Ouzel in the Creek

The other day, on my way to work in Geneva, I saw my first ouzel. Also known as a dipper, it’s a cocky black bird with a white chest, that lives along mountain streams; it’s the only songbird that can fly (and walk) underwater. This one was perched on a boulder in the little creek […]

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Blessed Unrest

A colleague sent me a link to a very provocative website. It is called Blessed Unrest, a website that delivers a hard-hitting message about how destructive we humans have been on this planet. It is an indictment of all that the mercenary and rapacious twentieth-century has left us as a legacy. One of the interesting […]

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