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E-Newsletter No. 89

December 2021 – On COP26 In this Issue Five Takeaways from Glasgow by Alberto Parise, MCCJ My COP26 Experience by Liam Dunne, SVD Being Fully Committed by Ida Josefine Haurand, SSpS Keeping 1.5°C Goal Alive by Paul Rahmat, SVD Climate [read…]

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Philippines: One Billion Bamboo for Climate Change

In response to Pope Francis’ call on Care for our Common Home and aligning with Sustainable Development Goals, the SVD congregation in the Philippines Central Province is committing to plan 100,000 seedlings of Bamboo by 2022. We are looking forward to setting an ambitious goal for planting 1 billion bamboos by 2030, collaborating with the local churches of parishes and dioceses in the Philippines.  [read…]

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COP26: Five Takeaways from Glasgow

For the first time, VIVAT International participated in the event of a Conference of Parties to the climate agreements (Rio, Kyoto, Paris). It has been a terrific learning experience for the team that represented VIVAT at COP26. The following are five takeaways from this experience in Glasgow. [read…]

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COP26: Climate Justice

The big issue that emerged from COP26 in Glasgow is climate justice. It was not explicitly on the table at the start of the work. Still, it was smoldering under the embers of the demands of the states of the geopolitical South for a rebalancing of the funds allocated for mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions-priority for the global North-and those for adaptation to the impacts of the climate crisis, the most urgent problem for the countries of the South. [read…]

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Ghana: Women and Climate Change

In 2009, the Sisters of the Holy Cross co-signed the Family of Holy Cross Statement on Climate Change. In this congregational statement, we state that we aim to foster models of development that care for our environment. And so, years later, when Laudato Si’ was released, our passion for addressing climate change was reignited in myself and my other sisters on the Ghana Justice Committee.  [read…]

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Brazil: Sowing Hope in a Wounded Land

Mining activities have huge impacts on the lives of the local communities and indigenous people in Brazil. I come from a country where mining has caused immeasurable disasters from colonial times to today. We have to take a particular note of the crimes committed by the mining company in 2015 in Mariana. We lost 11 lives and a whole river basin. And in 2019, in Romagino, we lost lives and an entire river basin and its biodiversity. [read…]

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COP 26: Being Fully Committed

“May I just say to all delegates I apologize for the way this process has unfolded, and I am deeply sorry.” The President of the 26th Climate Change Conference, Alok Sharma, said this sentence at the beginning of his closing statement after the negotiations closed one day after the official end of the COP. [read…]

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E-Newsletter No. 88

July – November 2021 In this Issue Breaking the Cycle of Poverty and Hunger by Paul Rahmat, SVD Ethical Commitment to Care for Creation by Carlos Ferrada Montero, SVD The 48th Sessions of Human Rights [read…]