EcoJesuit Newsletter

May 15, 2017

Our editorial shares the press release from the Global Catholic Climate Movement that announced on 10 May 2017 the largest joint Catholic fossil fuel divestment to date. The Italian Jesuits joined other Catholic organizations from around the world and announced their decision to divest their portfolios from coal, oil, and gas companies. In October last year, the Jesuits in English Canada joined other Catholic institutions around the world and announced their divestment from fossil fuel extraction, immediately stopping all future investments in fossil fuels and working to divest such holdings from the current portfolio within five years. It was the largest faith-based divestment announcement then.

In a recent radio interview in Chicago, Pedro Walpole, SJ briefly shares his thoughts and reflections in a conversation with Worldview host Jerome McDonnell on climate change and responses, community and social justice, youth and hope, and the need to come together and build a stronger sense of human society and care and reconciliation. Pedro is Research Director at the Environmental Science for Social Change, a Jesuit research and training organization in the Philippines. He serves as Coordinator for both the Reconciliation with Creation program of the Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific and the Global Ignatian Advocacy Network-Ecology.

Sergio Coronado Delgado, a researcher at the Centro de Investigación y Educación Popular (CINEP, Center for Research and Popular Education) in Bogotá, Colombia, writes about how Jesuits and their institutions contribute to the responses to environmental issues in Latin America, focusing on the work of Jesuit social centers in the region, especially on mining-related concerns. The article is an excerpt from Sergio’s full paper “Latin American Jesuit Social Centers and Environmental Justice: Advocacy and Support to Local Communities and Knowledge-Building from below” published in a special issue of the Journal of Jesuit Studies.

Emilio Travieso, SJ, a PhD student at the Oxford Department of International Development, shares his field report from Chiapas, Mexico where the Misión de Bachajón assists in the redesigning of food systems, sharing the engagement with the Tseltal community in the production of organic coffee with partner Yomol A’tel, a group of cooperatives and social businesses. 

Thank you for the continued support and we are happy to hear from you at ecojesuit(at) for your comments and for stories you may want to share.

The Ecojesuit team

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Italian Jesuits join largest Catholic divestment from fossil fuels

A conversation on climate change and responses, community and social justice, youth and hope

Redesigning food systems in Chiapas, Mexico

Latin American Jesuit work on social and environmental justice through local community support and building knowledge from below