The following article, written by Maryknoll Sr. Marvie Misolas, was published in the July-August 2014 NewsNotes.
We educate for environmental justice by first clarifying and deepening our own comprehension of these insights: that every creature has the right to be; the right to its habitat; and the right to make its own contribution to all of life. We believe that the world‑wide attack on ecology has become, in reality, an assault on the poor and a form of environmental racism. We use the Earth Charter, the works of Orbis authors and other Maryknoll resources to educate for eco‑justice in its fullest meaning, and we promote the Earth Charter as a basis for advocacy.
We hope to pay closer attention to U.S. environmental policy in response to the World Summit on Sustainable Development and build on Maryknoll experience at a grassroots level. We support the Kyoto Protocol and other efforts to encourage rich countries to promote lifestyles that are just and sustainable. We advocate for U.S. military clean‑up of bases in Vieques, Panama, the Philippines, and South Korea.
We advocate for “food sovereignty,” and continue to participate in process of defining Christian framework and principles with which to determine the safety and use of genetically modified foods.
Learn more about our Faith-Economy-Ecology project here.
Our newsletter, Encounters, features the challenges posed by the current economic growth paradigm and shines light on the hopeful ways communities are responding to protect human dignity and God's beautiful creation.
See a list of resources here on peak oil and how a future economy can be shaped with fewer natural resources.
The following article was prepared by Maryknoll lay missioner Joe Hastings, who lives and serves in El Salvador. It was published in the July-August 2014 NewsNotes.
Sr. Cathy Encarnacion has served as a missioner in Panama and in her native Philippines.
Panel will discuss policies that lead to land grabs in Tanzania.
The following alert is based on information from our colleagues at the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA and other sources.
Maryknoll applauds the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its June 2, 2014 announcement to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants.
Sr. Teresa Dagdag, MM recently finished her term as executive co-secretary of the Commission on Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) for the Union of Superiors General in Rome. She continues to work as a JPIC promoter in Rome.
In countries where Maryknollers serve such as Peru, the Philippines, and Kenya, to oppose destructive mining practices becomes an issue of life and death. Communities not only face death threats with impunity, but they also never see the economic benefits of the projects.
This week's scripture reflection was prepared by Kathy Seib Vargas, who served as a lay missioner in Mexico.
China has seen a huge increase in industrialization and growth in exports since joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001.
On April 22, an alliance of pipeline fighters — ranchers, farmers, tribal communities, and their friends — called the Cowboy Indian Alliance will ride into Washington, D.C. for the next, and perhaps final, chapter in the fight against Keystone XL.
- Catholic Climate Covenant
- CIDSE, an international alliance of Catholic development agencies working together for global justice
- Gapminder.org: For a fact-based world view
- Infographic: The New Economy
- Interfaith Moral Action on Climate
- JustFaith Ministries
- UN Millennium Development Goals Report 2012