Talking Integral Ecology and Living Sustainably – CIDSE

Talking Integral Ecology and Living Sustainably

The 16th of October, in Sala Marconi (Vatican News building) in Rome, took place the event Journalist and Expert Panel titled “Talking Integral Ecology and Living Sustainably”. It was also one of the events planned as side events for the Amazon Synod in “The Amazon: Common Home”.

During four hours CIDSE, in collaboration with REPAM Misereor, Focsiv and with the support of the Dicastery of Communication organized two round tables with the participation of seven interesting panelists and with the dialogue with the public assisting and other who followed the event by Facebook Live (streaming). In the middle of the round tables, CIDSE, with Misereor and GCCM made the official launching of the publication “Journalist’s Toolkit on Sustainable Lifestyles. With Inspirations, Writing Tips and Visual Ideas”, which has been produced in five languages by CIDSE in the framework of the campaign “Change for the Planet, Care for the People”, with the collaboration of GCCM and the support of KR Foundation.

The main objective of this event was to raise awareness in society (with a special focus on journalism and communication) about Amazon, Integral Ecology, sustainable lifestyles and how everything is globally connected. In this moment of the History we need a “call to action”, tools and inspirations in order to change the dominant narratives and also the daily praxis of journalism, media and communication as specific actors and influencers in seeking Systemic Change and holistic solutions.

First round table (ENGLISH AND ITALIAN)

Journalists and Experts Panel -Talking integral ecology and living sustainably-1st Round Table
Journalists and Experts Panel -Talking integral ecology and living sustainably-1st Round Table


Andrea Ferrante, Agroecologist and freelance consultant on agricultural policies and agroecology. Over 20 years’ experience in  food and rural development, during the same period he has ran an organic family farm in Viterbo province (Italy) where he is also a member of a Bio social coop and coordinates the Schola Campesina Aps of the International agroecology school. Andrea has extensive experience in working with and supporting small-scale food producing organizations globally (La Via Campesina), including on policy processes at national, regional and international level. 
* SEE here his PPT presentation (in PDF)
Martin Kopp (@MartinKopp_Doctor in Protestant Theology from the University of Strasbourg, France. His PhD dissertation on degrowth and Protestant Theology received the Eric de Putter Award as well as the Ecology Award of the Saint Thomas Foundation. He currently works two part-time jobs: co-directing Living the Change, a global multi-faith initiative on climate-friendly lifestyles organized by GreenFaith; and working as an EcoTheologian, writing and speaking at conferences. Martin chairs the Commission on Ecology and Climate Justice of the French Protestant Federation, as a volunteer, and  served as the Climate Justice Advocacy Officer of the Lutheran World Federation. As such, he took a particularly active part to COP21.
* SEE here his PPT presentation (in PDF)
Sr. Mary John Mananzan is a Missionary Benedictine sister. Doctor in Philosophy with a major in Linguistic Philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy and a degree in Missiology at the Wilhelmsuniversitaet in Munster, Germany. As a feminist-activist she has given birth to a great number of women-centered programs.  During 18 years, she was the National Chairperson of GABRIELA, a broad alliance of women’s organization in the Philippines. Sr. Mary John  served  two terms as President of St. Scholastica’s as Prioress of the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of the Manila Priory . She is at present Superior of the Manila Community and Vice President of External Affairs of St. Scholastica’s College. She is actively involved in developing a distinct Third World Theology and was the Executive Secretary and Treasurer of the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians (EATWOT).  She has written several books  and gives lectures and seminars in more than 50 countries.
* SEE here her PPT presentation (in PDF)
Massimiliano Cochi (@massicochi)He worked in Videomusic and Tmc. Since 1999 he has been working for Tv2000, a broadcaster on behalf of which he has dealt with the most important Italian news items. He is currently a correspondent for the foreign editorial staff. He has followed the conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Gaza and many other events in Europe and the rest of the world. He has a great passion for photography. Discovered too late.
* SEE below some of the pictures from Massimiliano Cochi related with his intervention and Chevron-Texaco case in Ecuador


Gepostet von CIDSE – together for global justice am Mittwoch, 16. Oktober 2019

SECOND round table (in spanish)


Daniela Andrade graduated in communication, journalism, radio and television at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE). She holds a diploma in Culture of Peace from UNESCO-Flacso. She has worked in the area of communication of several entities with a social focus, such as the Servicio Ignaciano de Voluntariado (SIGVOL) and the Fondo Ecuatoriano Populorum Progressio (FEPP), in several provinces of Ecuador. Daniela is also a radio producer and a specialist in cultural processes of integration, human development, community communication, culture of peace and conflict mediation. She currently works as  Media and Communications Officer of REPAM (Red Eclesial Pan Amazónica).
* SEE here her PPT presentation (in PDF)
Ricardo Higueras de Cárdenas has been an architect since 1996, grandson of the architect Ignacio de Cárdenas and son of the architect Fernando Higueras. Co-founder of Grupo Taller, a collective space for Art and Creation, based on the current of William Morris, Ruskin and Bauhaus. In 2001 he began to investigate Habitat on a universal scale, travelling by motorhome and giving lectures on the subject at different schools and colleges in Spain and at the 5th International Congress on Human Habitat in Bombay in 2003. Fruit of this line of research is El Faro, Citizens’ Initiatives Pavilion at the International Exposition in Zaragoza 2008. Afterwards, he has continued to work on the practical application of habitat sustainability in both rural and urban areas, highlighting some built examples such as the Casa Impluvium and other research examples such as the Cultivator Buildings and the Method of urban and social regeneration applied in the Madrid neighbourhood of Tetuán.
* SEE here his PPT presentation (in PDF)
Manuel Cubías, s.j. Lives in Rome and is head of the Spanish-language edition of Vatican News – Vatican Radio. Professor of Social Communication at the Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas in El Salvador. Studied Literature, Philosophy and Theology.
* SEE here his PPT presentation (in PDF)


Gepostet von Marta Isabel González Álvarez am Mittwoch, 16. Oktober 2019


Marta Isabel González Álvarez (@migasocial) Doctor in Journalism/Information Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) with a thesis  “Communication for solidarity: NGOs and the role of social and journalistic communication in raising public awareness and development” . 20 years of experience in Institutional Communication expert on Third Sector (NGO, Associations), independent consultancy, active journalist and scientific teaching. Since 2019 she lives and works in Brussels (Belgium) as Media & Communications Officer at the Secretariat and main office of CIDSE, the international alliance of Catholic organizations for development that encompasses 18 Catholic NGOs in Europe and North America.

lAUNCHING OF THE PUBLICATION “Journalist’s Toolkit on Sustainable Lifestyles. With Inspirations, Writing Tips and Visual Ideas” (english)


Rebecca Elliott is the Director of Communications and Special Projects at Global Catholic Climate Movement. She brings over a decade’s worth of nonprofit leadership to the role, including helping manage the US response to Laudato Si’. She lives near the Blue Ridge Mountains in the United States. 
Corinna Würzberger (@CoWuerzberger) Press Officer at MISEREOR. There she also works in a working group on the topics of people, water and rainforest, which deals with the worldwide rainforests and the effects of global interrelations. She studied political science and peace and conflict research.


Gepostet von Marta Isabel González Álvarez am Mittwoch, 16. Oktober 2019


Chiara Martinelli (@MartinellChiara) joined CIDSE in 2011. As Senior Advisor, she leads CIDSE´s work on climate justice (including a focus on food & agriculture, energy and sustainable lifestyles).  She actively engages in CIDSE´s work on bringing about a paradigm shift towards a just and sustainable world, with a specific focus on ecological conversion/lifestyle changes. She is playing an active role in the management and coordination of the CIDSE network and the relations with allies and partners worldwide. Since 2014 she is overseeing the campaign ‘Change for the planet – Care for the people’ and being the contact point for CIDSE´s collaboration with other movements and allies in this joint effort to call for climate justice and to “bringing Laudato Si’ into practice. Chiara’s work on international development began with a one-year volunteer service in Benin (West Africa) working in a project for the socio-economic promotion and empowerment of women. From 2008 until 2010, she worked in the Italian NGOs Network – FOCSIV as International Relations officer.

DOWNLOAD HERE the publication ( EN – ES – FR – GE – PT )

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