“We require a new and universal solidarity… All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation.”
Laudato Si’, 14

“Because of the magnitude and interconnectedness of the challenges we face, it is important to support and encourage the growing collaboration among Jesuits and Jesuit apostolates through networks.”
Society of Jesus GC 36, Decree 1

 

Ecojesuit is gathering at the UNFCCC COP 23 organized by Fiji in Bonn, Germany from 6 to 17 Nov 2017 to seek ways forward in this “new and universal solidarity.”

This gathering for an urgent global concern can help us broaden and deepen the collaboration with others who share the vision of Laudato Si’.

Objectives

The goal of this gathering is to promote global cooperation . Specifically, Ecojesuits aim to:

  1. Learn about global processes and be able to explain and echo this in other venues, thus centering our commitment to a broader collaboration on global concerns and threats of a world at risk
  2. Renew relationships in collaborative research and actions coming from more regional and local experiences
  3. Improve the basis for Ecojesuit Online content and reach and thus broaden participation and deepen research
  4. Strengthen the Ecojesuit strategic planning process and implementation

Expected outcomes and outputs

  1. Host a forum on Laudato Si’ – Environment as Relationship to contribute to UNFCCC COP23 and City of Bonn’s theme of  “Uniting for Climate Action – Further, Faster, Together”
  2.  Identify specific collaborative research studies and actions that broaden opportunities for collaborators
  3. Publish daily stories and reflections covering UNFCCC COP 23 events
  4. Develop the Ecojesuit five-year strategic plan, review priority themes as areas of action, and plan the next Ecojesuit gathering
  5. Craft an Ecojesuit statement of action to be shared as part of the commitment during COP 23

Reference Events leading up to Ecojesuit@COP23

Ecojesuit gatherings shed light on specific concerns in ecology and provide the context for planning and coordinating actions.

The first round of these gatherings focused on sustainability science, local wisdom and risk resilience informed by local contexts in Malaybalay, (Philippines), Kolkata (India), Nairobi (Kenya) and Namur (Belgium). Jesuits and partners from these four regional meetings reflected on how “our world is at risk” and sought to hear other thoughts on how to make a difference. This series of regional meetings led to collaborating with Stockholm Environment Institute in organising the Call to Dialogue on Sustainability Science and Values among 40 scientists, educators and practitioners. The Task Force then joined UNFCCC COP 21 in Paris in solidarity with movements to motivate the enactment of the Climate Accord, which is crucial to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).