Ecojesuit

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Ecojesuit
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Motto Connecting Jesuits, people and ecology
Formation July 2010 (2010-07)
Founder Society of Jesus
Headquarters Rue Cornet 51
Location
  • Brussels, Belgium
Coordinates 50°50′16″N 4°23′04″E / 50.837696°N 4.384334°E / 50.837696; 4.384334
Fields Ecology
Official language
English, French, Spanish
Parent organization
Jesuit European Social Centre
Website Ecojesuit.com

Ecojesuit is an international online communication platform supported by Global Ignatian Advocacy Network-Ecology (GIAN-Ecology) of the Society of Jesus. Ecojesuit publishes primarily through its online newsletter online and also through Facebook and Twitter.

Activities[edit]

The Ecojesuit online, bi-monthly global newsletter is in Spanish, French and English. It focuses primarily on concerns of water, mining, food security, climate change, disaster resilience, energy and indigenous peoples. The newsletter brings together the concerns of communities from all regions of the world affected by such issues whilst also provide the scientific knowledge that hopes to inform responsible action. The newsletter is edited by the Jesuit European Social Centre (JESC) in Brussels, and the Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC) in Manila.[1]

The online newsletter provides original texts and articles. The articles' authors are university professors, parish priests, researchers, students, teachers of primary and secondary schools, Jesuits, and environmental professionals from a multitude of social and research centres, NGOs, universities and schools.

The online platform has engaged the UN on the following: attending the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference (Copenhagen, 2009), the Rio+20 Earth Summit (2012), the campaign UN – World Water Day 2013 in the framework of the Millennium Development Goals.[2]

History[edit]

After General Congregation 35 (GC35) of Society of Jesus,[3] the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES) of the Jesuits in Rome created a working group that wrote a document entitled: Healing a Broken World which developed the third decree of GC35 on the need for “reconciliation with creation.”[4] GC 35 also promoted the Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN). Five networks were formed: Migration, the right to education, peace and human rights, governance of natural and mineral resources, and ecology. GIAN Ecology was committed to create an international environmental communication platform to provide news, information and initiatives in order to promote positive environmental changes both locally and globally.

The first Ecojesuit newsletter was launched in November 2010. The number of subscribers increased steadily up to reach over 1,100 by September 2011. Due to the interest, the newsletter was produced more frequently and it was increased from monthly to fortnightly since February 2012.

Though Ecojesuit initially sought international collaboration among Jesuit works, the content of the platform includes dialogues of people from different faiths and beliefs who are willing to share on environmental concerns.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Environmental Science for Social Change". Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "World Water Day 2013". Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "GC35". Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Healing a Broken World" (PDF). Retrieved 10 September 2013. 

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