Ecojesuit, the Global Ignatian Advocacy Network on Ecology, supports the peaceful actions of civil disobedience of Fr Jörg Alt SJ as he accompanies the youth activists in Germany in expressing their demands for climate action and climate justice. These actions also coincide with the commemoration of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on 1 September.
In solidarity with climate justice movements globally and the various local actions bringing awareness and giving hope across the world, Ecojesuit shares the following statement of support, Action for Bavaria, Action for our Common Home by the Ecojesuit coordinators from the different Jesuit conferences. This is also available in German, Aktion für Bayern, Aktion für unser gemeinsames Haus, with a brief video where the statement is read by Ecojesuit Global Coordinator Pedro Walpole SJ.
Action for Bavaria, Action for our Common Home
A Statement of Support from Ecojesuit
Global Ignatian Advocacy Network on Ecology of the Jesuits
Ecojesuit supports the peaceful actions of civil disobedience of Fr Jörg Alt SJ as he accompanies activists in Germany in expressing their demands for climate justice, human rights, and rights of nature. We need to listen to their message – locally and globally.
Ecojesuit is concerned with the climate-induced disasters happening in different parts of the world and the resulting human tragedies faced by local people losing land, livelihood and lives, most evident in the Global South. Since the Paris Agreement, Ecojesuit has consistently advocated and affirmed the need to meet the challenge of 1.5 degrees Celsius.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres recently asked “all fossil fuel companies to present credible, comprehensive, and detailed new transition plans… These plans must cover all activities – up and down the value chain. That must include reducing emissions from production, processing, transmission, refining, distribution and use. And they must establish clear, near-term targets that chart the business’ transition to clean energy.”
September 1st is the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and the start of the Season of Creation. Pope Francis in his message for this day reminds us to connect to the spirituality of and responsibility for the land and oceans with a transformed governance:
“…(W)e must transform the public policies that govern our societies and shape the lives of young people today and tomorrow. Economic policies that promote scandalous wealth for a privileged few and degrading conditions for many others, spell the end of peace and justice. It is clear that the richer nations have contracted an “ecological debt” that must be paid.” (Laudato Si’, 51)
With this background, Ecojesuit supports the purpose of the peaceful protest of Fr. Alt, which is scheduled for 1st September in Bavaria, aiming to draw attention to the voice of Pope Francis as well as the poor and the young generation. It is an important example of a local action aiming to increase global awareness and dialogue, giving hope across the world.
One protest focus on Bavaria is due to its dependence on imported raw materials and metals for its auto manufacturing industry that will increase as demand for electronic vehicles increase and compromise social and ecological standards in the process, adding to the growing carbon release and increasing climate disasters even in Europe in the recent years.
This calls, for example, for a strengthened enforcement of the Supply Chain Due Diligence Act or the SCDDA, and not giving way to efforts by corporations to suspend obligations and remove “undue pressure” from the economy. In the SCDDA, corporations are held legally accountable to respect human rights as well as social and ecological standards in their global supply chains as they impact around the world especially in the Global South.
This calls further for a stronger support of poor countries in their efforts to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. Action in our political world, in our policies, in our lifestyles is locally embodied in the voices of the activists in Bavaria, in Germany, and in other parts of the world. We are now called anew to listen more deeply to the cry of the poor and the youth for the care of our common home.
Filipe Martins SJ, Ecojesuit Coordinator, Jesuit Conference of European Provincials
Dennis Gabriel Lamug-Nañawa SJ, Ecojesuit Coordinator, Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific
Christopher Kellerman SJ, Ecojesuit Coordinator, Jesuit Conference of Canada & the United States
Ngonidzashe Edward SJ, Ecojesuit Coordinator, Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar
John Kennedy Savarimuthu SJ, Ecojesuit Coordinator, Jesuit Conference of South Asia
Silvio Marques SJ, Ecojesuit Coordinator, Conferencia de Provinciales Jesuitas de América Latina y El Caribe (Conference of Jesuit Provincials in Latin America & the Caribbean)
Pedro Walpole SJ, Ecojesuit Global Coordinator
Xavier Jeyaraj SJ, Secretary, Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat, General Curia of the Society of Jesus, Rome