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July 25th, 2017

200 Environmental and Land-Rights Activists Murdered in 2016, Report Finds: The victims included protesters who pushed back against mining and oil expansion and deforestation, often to protect indigenous communities, Global Witness says.

By Georgina Gustin, Inside Climate News, 13 July 2017 Jakeline Romero Epiayu, a Wayúu activist who has been protesting a coal mine in Colombia, has received death threats targeting herself and her family. “We are fighting for our lands, for our water, for our lives,” she said. Credit: Christian Mclaughlin Some 200 environmental and land-rights activists […]


July 25th, 2017

In Chile, many regard climate change as the greatest external threat

Fernando Rojas has spent his life living by a large lake in central Chile. About seven years ago it began to shrink, and now most of the water is gone. He holds a photo taken when the lake was full. Philip Reeves/NPR July 2017, National Public Radio, by Phillip Reeves Fernando Rojas is holding up […]


July 24th, 2017

Up to 50% of all individual animals have been lost in recent decades

The first reading yesterday/Sunday, from Wisdom, started with the statement that our God is the God who cares for all, everybody, every thing.  And we are making it difficult or impossible for many to live.   Scientists found that a third of the thousands of species losing populations are not currently considered endangered and that […]


July 24th, 2017

Starting from reality and life, exercising an apostolic influence over one’s peers, acting as a leaven in the church: remembering a leader

Stefan Gigacz, La Croix, July 24, 2017 Cardinal Cardijn’s decisive influence on Vatican II:  Today marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Cardinal Joseph Cardijn, founder of the “Jeunesse Ouvrière Chrétienne” (JOC) or Young Christian Workers (YCW) movement. Two years before Cardinal Joseph Cardijn’s death on July 24, 1967, Pope Paul VI had made him […]


July 24th, 2017

Bishop of Paris criticizes the advent of a society based on idols – a society of money. How do we transmit our value of commitment and solidarity?

This interview will almost certainly be one of the Bishop’s last media appearances before he reaches the retirement age of 75 in November. The Church “is experiencing a period of rupture between the legacy of a post-Christian society and the advent of a society based on idols – a society of money”. “The challenge for […]


July 24th, 2017

In gratitude for the micro-commons where I live

What are the micro-commons in your place? By David Bollier, 24 July 2017 When I walk my dog Jackson along a burbling brook, I always smile when I pass the Bunny House.  It’s like greeting a familiar leprechaun in the forest.  The “house” is a small wooden box with a shingled roof, sitting atop a […]


July 9th, 2017

Climate Change and Loss as if People Mattered: Loss beyond the limits of adaptation

Climate Change and Loss as if People Mattered, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/wcc.476/full The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is seeking to prepare for losses arising from climate change. This is an emerging issue that challenges climate science and policy to engage more deeply with values, places, and people’s experiences. We first provide insight into the UNFCCC […]


July 9th, 2017

Ensuring Fulfillment of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in the Implementation of the SDGs

Statement of indigenous peoples in the Philippines presented to the representatives of UN bodies and government agencies during the celebration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2016, August 9-11, 2016. Preamble We, 75 indigenous men and women from 29 indigenous peoples’ groups from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao have gathered at the University […]


July 9th, 2017

Leading Catholic scientists calling for halving emissions each decade

A plan to halve carbon emissions every decade, while green energy continues to double every five years, provides a simple but rigorous roadmap to tackle climate change, scientists say ‘In the last decade, the share of renewables in the energy sector has doubled every 5.5 years. If doubling continues at this pace fossil fuels will […]


July 9th, 2017

“This is what it is to be Christian: to illumine, to be of help in seeing that both the message and people are not corrupted. if the salt becomes tasteless, without strength – if it weakens – the testimony will be weak.”

“This is what it is to be Christian: to illumine, to be of help in seeing that both the message and people are not corrupted – to preserve as salt does; but, if the light is hidden, if the salt becomes tasteless, without strength – if it weakens – the testimony will be weak. ” […]

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