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Jesuits and Collaborators to Gather in Bonn, Germany, for UN Climate Change Conference

(Washington, D.C., November 2, 2017) — Timed to coincide with the upcoming UN COP23 climate change conference in Bonn, Germany, Jesuits and lay collaborators from around the world will hold a series of events in Bonn to complement and amplify the talks taking place next week. The main Ecojesuit event will be a dialogue on November 13 entitled “Laudato Si’ – Environment is Relationship” hosted by the Aloisiuskolleg, a well-known Jesuit school in Bonn. Open to all COP23 delegates, NGO staff and members of the public, the event will gather speakers from around the world, including Micronesia, Latin America, Central Africa and the Philippines. The speakers will reflect and exchange on the challenges in caring for our common home. On the same day, Ecojesuit will host a “Laudato Si’ Fair” at which representatives from various Jesuit institutions, Conferences and ecology-related initiatives will showcase their activities. 

The inspiration for Ecojesuit’s presence at COP23 is Pope Francis’ call in Laudato Si for “a new and universal solidarity”.  Also relevant is last year’s Jesuit General Congregation 36 call for greater interconnectedness and common work on challenging global concerns. Ecojesuit believes that COP23 is a context to highlight the Jesuits’ vision for reconciliation between people and creation, including the voices and experiences of people from around the world, particularly the most vulnerable among us.

Commenting on the initiative, Ecojesuit North America representative Cecilia Calvo, senior advisor on environmental justice at the Jesuit Conference in Washington, D.C., said, “COP23 is an exciting opportunity to connect with members of the Jesuit network and others around the world to share common efforts to respond to the urgent challenge of global climate change confronting the human family. This is a critical moment for all people and world leaders to respond to Pope Francis’s call for ecological conversion and reconciliation with creation and one another, particulary the most vulnerable.”

Daily reports will be posted on Ecojesuit. Please also follow us at EcojesuitCOP23 and on twitter using the hashtag #EcojesuitCOP23

About Ecojesuit

Ecojesuit is a global network of Jesuits and partners collaborating with others in research, education and advocacy to promote sustainability and reconciliation with creation.

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