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The town of Ogies is nestled in the heart of Mpumalanga Province, South Africa’s coal capital. The drive from Johannesburg passed coal-fired power plants and mines takes an hour and a half with the faint twinge of smoke up your nostrils. Driving into Ogies, gusts of murky air hit you head-on. You are now engulfed by the dust from the 15 coal mines surrounding the town. You also spot the menacing construction site of the mega coal-fired power plant Kusile belonging to the national energy utility Eskom. If (or when) completed, it will transmit 4800 MW of power, making it one of the top five biggest plants in the world and the biggest in South Africa apart from its counterpart Medupi. With that instant of climate-induced depression, comes clarity on why Ogies was chosen to host the first ever energy and climate justice camp for women; it’s a perfect setting to ground the lived reality of women in dirty modern South Africa.
Political leaders and grassroots activists from around the world unite to signal urgent need for increased ambition on climate change and sustainability. On July 5 and 6, the Vatican will host a major international conference on protection of the environment. The occasion of the conference is the third anniversary of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical on care of the Earth, our common home.
The power of people gathering and exchanging ideas can be huge and long-lasting; people become ambassadors for change at home and in their communities.
It's time to prepare together to make this a revolutionary year for climate action.
Shoot for #1o5C! Civil society organisations demand stronger action on climate change that empowers women and girls
An infographic illustrating the pathways towards a just transition
Press release: Agroecology is not only about food: a new project analyses its dimensions and impacts
Agroecology is an encompassing concept related to the environmental, socio-cultural, economic and political spheres of our society. It involves a way of producing, distributing and consuming food as well as developing food policies that is mindful of concepts like equality, solidarity, democracy, empowerment and ecology.
After Montreal in 2016, the World Social Forum is back in Brazil where it was first held in 2001. This year, it will take place in Salvador de Bahia from 13 to 17 March under the slogan “To resist is to create, to resist is to transform!” in a difficult national political context. We are looking forward to this space where alternatives to the current economic system are explored fostering our engagement for system change.
In Fastenopfer, the Swiss Lenten Fund in Switzerland, our Lenten campaign this year is inspired by Pope Francis’ call for an “ecological conversion” in the encyclical “Laudato Si.’” It calls for an inner conversion: the realization that we are one with all of humanity and nature. Through our Lenten campaign, we want to build a movement of people inspired by this call who will actively contribute to build a world where everyone has enough to live.
Laudato Si’: The End of the Beginning for the Journey Toward Care for Our Common Home and One Another
Three years ago, the world waited impatiently for the new encyclical letter on integral ecology by Pope Francis. For months ahead of its unveiling, people in the know—social activists, theologians, ecologists—Catholic or not, speculated, theorized, and dreamed of all that this important message might contain. We knew that the words from the Holy Father would be coming at a critical time, in the lead up to the COP21 Climate talks in Paris. Those of us who had been praying for the world to wake up to the urgency of the current ecological crisis put our hopes in the hands of Pope Francis and this encyclical.