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International Jesuit Ecology Project

Documents and Videos


 Healing a Broken World.pdf (Promotio Iustitiae), number 106
A special report on Ecology, this document describes the rationale of establishing the Task Force on Jesuit Mission and Ecology (July-November 2010), the general vision that animates its analysis and recommendations, the context of the world, the Church and the Society of Jesus today, the relationship of reconciliation with creation ‘with faith, justice, inter-religious and cultural dialogue, and finally proposes a set of practical recommendations.

A Spirituality that Reconciles Us with Creation‌ (Promotio Iustitiae), number 111
Finding in Ignatian spirituality, and in Christian theology more generally, the inspiration we need to develop new and better ways of relating to the natural world so that we are able to love, respect, and protect its integrity more effectively.

Ecology & Justice, Malta, 2012

Energy Vision Statement
This public statement was prepared by three communities of Catholic Sisters in Central Kentucky, leaders in opposing development of natural gas pipelines which will connect hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") operations in the northeast with chemical processing plants in the south. The pipeline will  transport hazardous natural gas liquids resulting from the fracking activity in NY and PA through KY and will also run through Clermont Co, OH, close to Grailville, OH. The statement advocates instead for immediate regional and national plans for the transition to renewable sources of energy. More information at http://www.lorettocommunity.org/energy/

Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education: A Toolkit for Mission Integration
The goal of the Toolkit is to help Catholic colleges and universities to both strengthen their commitment to sustainability and communicate how this work is inspired and animated by Catholic mission.  In order to achieve this vision of “Catholic mission-based sustainability,” the Toolkit is organized around the five components of the Coalition’s St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor. For more information about the Catholic Climate Covenant and The St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor, visit http://catholicclimatecovenant.org.

Ecosystems AND HUMAN WELL-BEING Assessment
Here's a study produced by over 2000 scientists from 95 countries and sponsored by the United Nations Programme on the Environment.

Beyond Belief: Linking Faith and Protected Areas to Support Biodiversity Conservation.


Dr. Lovejoy, a Conservation Biologist from George Mason University, speaking at the IJEP Chicago Workshop, October 2012

Dr. Goulden,   a Limnologist and aquatic ecologist from Drexel University, speaking at the IJEP Chicago Workshop, October 2012

George McGraw, Director, Dig Deep Right to Water Project, speaking at the IJEP Chicago Workshop, October 2012

Sneak Previews from Healing Earth

From the Introduction of Healing Earth
Millennium Ecosystem Assessment 

From the Biodiversity Ethics section:
Larry Gibson protested coal company mountaintop removal around his native Kayford Mountain in West Virginia for over 30 years.

From the Biodiversity Spirituality section
Cave paintings

From the Water Science section:
Three physical states of water

From Water Ethics section:
Water conflict

From Climate Change Spirituality section
Climate refugees

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