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October 31st, 2017

Thank you, CIDSE, for your work on landgrabbing, extractive industries, indigenous rights, agro-ecology and the shifts we need for care and justice!

We are very grateful for CIDSE’s continued work in the important area of care of the earth, people, and carbon reduction through agroecology! The Telegraph 19 October 2017 This month, from 25 – 27 October, CIDSE will participate in the First Agroecology Europe Forum, to be held in Lyon, France. Agroecology Europe is an association which […]


October 30th, 2017

Catholic International Peace Award goes to Zodevite, the Indigenous Movement of the Zoque Believing People in Defense of Life and the Earth

As Pope Francis has stated, the extractivist model is not sustainable. The problem of the extractivist model is an ethical problem which invites us to think, as described in Laudato Si’, of a single world and a common project with shared responsibilities and differentiated contributions By Josh McElwee, NCRonline.org, 25 Oct 2017 The global Catholic peace […]


October 30th, 2017

Food ruined by drought could feed more than 80m a day, says World Bank

From the World Bank, in The Guardian, 24 Oct 2017 Bank calls for water to be treated as valuable resource as study into impact details lack of water’s devastating lifelong scars on children By Larry Elliott The food produce destroyed by droughts would be enough to feed a country with a population the size of Germany’s every day […]


October 29th, 2017

How I Can Offer Reparations in Direct Proportion to My White Privilege? What it looks like to pay for the unearned advantages my whiteness has afforded me.

By Chris Moore-Backman in YES! Magazine, 25 Oct 2017: What it looks like to pay for the unearned advantages my whiteness has afforded me. I had a fascinating breakfast conversation with my 11-year-old daughter a few days back. The night before I had a fitful dream—one that was short on plot and imagery, but chock-full […]


October 28th, 2017

Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew: God intended humanity to cooperate in the preservation and protection of the natural environment. . . . The earth was entrusted to us as a sublime gift and legacy, for which all of us share responsibility

Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew: God intended humanity to cooperate in the preservation and protection of the natural environment. . . . The earth was entrusted to us as a sublime gift and legacy, for which all of us share responsibility

From Fr. Richard Rohr Science and religion should be natural partners when it comes to caring for our common home. As Christians, we have a clear mandate to steward Creation (see the invitation to “cultivate and care for” the earth in Genesis 2:15). Yet with real perversity, much of Judeo-Christian history has preferred the earlier […]


October 19th, 2017

Human success at the expense of other species is “a pretty awful legacy”

“People compare it to burning down a library. That’s what we’re doing, just eliminating a certain knowledge of how to make it in this world.  But because those are such alien ways, you just don’t even know how other species make a living. Until something goes really radically awry, we don’t even notice it. And things […]


October 19th, 2017

The heart takes its bearings directly from the whole

The heart’s energetic bandwidth is intimacy, the capacity to perceive things from the inside by coming into sympathetic resonance with them. In contrast to the mind, which perceives through differentiation (I am me, because I am not you), the heart takes its bearings directly from the whole (the “I” and the “you” drop out), through […]


October 18th, 2017

Fascinating research on the extent and sharing of tree roots

We did not detect a difference between species in the volume of soil reached by roots. We also found roots extending more than 20 meters (60 feet) away from the tree trunk.” The six trees in the experiment, Anacardium excelsum (Espave in Spanish), Cedrela odorata, Dalbergia retusa (Cocobolo), Pachira quinata (Cedro Espino), Tabebuia rosea (Roble) and a (Amarillo), all have high timber value and […]


October 18th, 2017

The water really does hold us up: From the individual to the personal, faith is never a matter of doctrines and principles; it is first and foremost an action

Cynthia Bourgeault continues reflecting on the Christian mystic Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. The second hopeful resource that Teilhard brings to our unsettled times is his unshakable conviction that evolutionary progress will unfold its ultimate triumph in the realm of the personal. Our postmodern temperament has a well-ingrained tendency to regard the world through a filter […]

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