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  • Mirta Pereira Paraguay recognizes the existence of ancestral peoples prior to the creation of the State. These Indigenous Peoples are the main defenders of nature that is linked to their own life in an inseparable and respectful way. They survive in spite of encroachments and accompanying them as a personal and community mission is a necessary commitment. In CLC Paraguay, we assist the mission and the apostolate in the defense of land, water, and nature defenders with all the complexities and risks involved. We share the life stories of people who carry out the mission of accompaniment of the small community and the national community in the defense of land and territorial rights. This is undertaken through the Federación por la Autodeterminación de los Pueblos Indígenas (in English, Federation for the Self-Determination of Indigenous Peoples or FAPI) that seeks to promote and strengthen their rights especially in the care of the forest and includes the organizations of Indigenous Peoples in the Eastern Region (Región Oriental) and the Western Region (Región Occidental or Chaco). FAPI’s role involves the technical accompaniment of indigenous communities in the care of our common home and also emphasizes the importance of forests not only as carbon sinks. FAPI also provides other services such as defending and helping sustain the integrity of the cultural, spiritual, and traditional life of the Indigenous Peoples in Paraguay. FAPI promotes actions to raise awareness about the role of Indigenous Peoples in the defense of the forest, especially in defending their collective rights over their land, environment, and territory, and exposing the threat of agribusiness on forests. I am a Cevequiana, a member of CVX Paraguay and committed to encourage and share with other people within and outside the group, with the entire community of Asuncion, and the national community, so that society values, understands, and respects the importance of the forest for Indigenous Peoples. We do this through permanent and sometimes silent or silenced daily actions, and with prayers for the care of the last remnants of the forest of Paraguay and for its defense with dignity and courage by its indigenous communities and partners. It is important that the accompaniment in the apostolic mission of a Christian community is committed to facilitate and feel with the Indigenous Peoples o that they can make their voices heard, their own voices. As Saint Ignatius teaches: “In everything, to love and to serve,” the motivation of the actions is “to put all the means as if everything depended on one’s person but trusting totally in God because everything depends on Him.” Mirta Pereira is a lawyer and a legal advisor to FAPI, and a member of CVX Paraguay that assists her in defending and advocating for the indigenous and the forest in Paraguay. This story is also available in Spanish.

  • Mirta Pereira Paraguay es un país que reconoce la existencia de pueblos ancestrales, anteriores a la conformación del Estado. Estos pueblos indígenas son los principales defensores de la naturaleza. Vinculados con su propia vida de una manera inseparable y de respeto, sobreviven a pesar de los avasallamientos. Acompañar desde una misión personal y comunitaria es un compromiso ineludible. En la CVX Paraguay, rescatamos la misión y el apostolado de la defensa de defensores de la tierra, el agua y la naturaleza, con la complejidad y el riesgo que implican para persistir y compartimos la historia de vida de personas concretas que llevan la misión de acompañar desde la comunidad pequeña y la comunidad nacional en la defensa de los derechos humanos de la tierra y territorio en una federación indígena de Paraguay que busca promover y visibilizar sus derechos. En especial en el cuidado del bosque: Apoyo a la Federación por la Autodeterminación de los Pueblos Indígenas (FAPI), una federación indígena autónoma y representativa, conformada por organizaciones de Pueblos Indígenas del Paraguay, de las dos regiones del Paraguay: Oriental y Occidental o Chaco. El rol de acompañar técnicamente a los pueblos indígenas en el cuidado de nuestra casa común, visibilizando que el bosque es muy importante, bosques no sólo como sumidero de carbono, sino cumpliendo otras funciones o servicios como defender y preservar la vida cultural, espiritual y tradicional de varios pueblos indígenas. La FAPI ha impulsado acciones para sensibilizar sobre rol de los pueblos indígenas en la defensa del bosque y en especial como defensores de sus derechos colectivos sobre su tierra, ambiente y territorio, mostrando la amenaza del agronegocio sobre los bosques. Soy cevequiana, comprometida que anima y comparte, junto a otras personas que así lo hacen dentro y fuera de la agrupación, con toda la comunidad de Asunción y nacional a que la sociedad valore, entienda y respete la importancia del bosque para los pueblos indígenas, en permanente y a veces silenciosas o silenciadas acciones cotidianas, que con oraciones cuidan los últimos remanentes del bosque del Paraguay y los defienden con dignidad y valentía. Es importante el acompañamiento en la misión apostólica de una comunidad cristiana comprometida en facilitar y sentir con los pueblos indígenas y que ellos puedan hacer llegar su voz, sus propias voces. Como enseña Ignacio: “En todo amar y servir”, el motor de las acciones es “poner todos los medios, como si todo dependiera de una, pero confiando totalmente en Dios, porque todo depende de Él.”   Mirta Pereira es abogada y asesora jurídica de la Federación por la Autodeterminación de los Pueblos Indígenas (FAPI), y miembro de CVX Paraguay que la asiste en la defensa y promoción de los indígenas y del bosque en Paraguay. Esta historia también está disponible en inglés.

  • CLC Dominican Republic Advocacy Team From CLC Dominican Republic and inspired by the encyclical Laudato Si’, we created the initiative Siembra Tu Frente (Planting our Fronts) as a tool for citizen empowerment to contribute together to improve our planet. It consists of joining efforts to plant our fronts with predetermined endemic species of trees that help oxygenate, lower the temperature, absorb carbon dioxide, and help biodiversity. The place chosen to start the tree plan is the central area of the city of Santo Domingo due to its high concentration of buildings that contribute to its desertification. To implement the initiative, we engaged with authorities in the Santo Domingo City Hall where the tree plan was received well to such an extent that Siemnra Tu Frente is now part of a larger initiative – the Urban Tree Plan of Santo Domingo. Siembra Tu Frente, within the larger plan, is the citizen initiative for the tertiary residential streets. The authorities, along with other institutions, will manage the avenues and main streets. The plan is in process and there are some pilot planting areas identified. This story is also available in Spanish.

  • Equipo Incidencia CVX República Dominicana Desde CVX República Dominicana, inspirados en la encíclica Laudato Sii’, creamos la iniciativa Siembra Tu Frente como herramienta de empoderamiento ciudadano, para juntos contribuir a mejorar nuestro planeta. La misma consiste en aunar esfuerzos para sembrar nuestros frentes con especies endémicas predeterminadas de árboles que ayuden a oxigenar, bajar la temperatura, absorber el CO2 y ayudar a la biodiversidad. El lugar escogido para iniciar el plan de arbolado fue el polígono central de la ciudad de Santo Domingo dada la alta concentración de edificaciones que han creado una gran desertificación de la ciudad. Para ejecutar la iniciativa acudimos a las autoridades recién electas en el Ayuntamiento de Santo Domingo y allí encontramos muy buena recepción, a tal punto que inspiramos y somos parte de una iniciativa mayor que es el Plan de Arbolado Urbano de Santo Domingo. Siembra Tu Frente, dentro del plan mayor, constituye la iniciativa ciudadana para las calles terciarias residenciales y luego, las autoridades, junto a ya muchas otras instituciones, se ocuparán de las avenidas y calles principales. El plan se encuentra en construcción junto a algunos pilotos de siembra. Esta historia también está disponible en inglés.

  • What questions would you like to ask world leaders, decision makers, and ordinary people in light of the climate crisis? What would you like to tell them to encourage greater commitment and action in COP26 and beyond? We invite you to share these messages and questions through art in Creating4Change 2021: Open Letters to COP26 this month of September, in celebration of the Season of Creation. Formerly known as Sketching4Change, Creating4Change is a month-long online art challenge that encourages people to stop and reflect on issues that affect everyone in our Common Home. It was launched in 2019 in solidarity with the Amazon Synod, and continued in 2020 to deepen understanding of the encyclical Laudato Si’. This year, Creating4Change aims to amplify messages of hope and urgency in light of COP26. Here are the steps to participate: Reflecting on the provided word of the day, create an artwork, poem, song, essay, or any creative output that expresses the message of your open letter. You may choose to address your message to a specific person or community that you think will be encouraged or challenged by your creation. We will be posting suggested people and community to whom you may dedicate your artwork. Post a photo of your creation on your social media page (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter), and use the hashtag #Creating4Change2021 #OpenLettersCOP26. Do not forget to set your privacy settings to public so we can see your entries Creating4Change is part of the global pilgrimage On the Way to Change, a global community pilgrimage to COP26. Submissions will be included in the interactive pilgrimage map and, at the end of the journey, will be included in a virtual gallery of stories from all communities that were part of the pilgrimage.

  • The recent IPCC scientific report reminds us of the very little time we have left to do drastic measures to keep the climate in a livable state. Climate negotiations have lagged in the past years, and with COP26 on the horizon, many communities are expressing their desire for participation and change. Questions arise as to whether climate action and commitments are responsive to the needs at the local level, and if people on the ground are genuinely listened to. It is the spirit of faith and hope that hold people together amid these tensions. Rooted on an ongoing common journey that has been connecting local communities in the care of the Common Home, Ecojesuit, Casa Velha, and CVX-CLC are launching On the Way to Change, a global community pilgrimage to COP 26 that aims to highlight spirituality, community, and change, in a journey that connects different initiatives of faith groups, communities, and networks. The pilgrimage weaves together the stories of change coming from Balay Laudato Si’ in the Philippines, the bamboo project of the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Indonesia, Casa Velha in Portugal, and other local communities we hope to engage with along the way. These then intersect with global movements that collectively amplify the voices bringing the message of hope and urgency to the climate negotiations and beyond. We begin the journey on the opening of the Season of Creation and we invite everyone to join us –whether through virtual engagements of physical meetings—in this pilgrimage. There are three ways you can participate: Engage with the communities in monthly group reflections via Zoom. These reflections will serve as our “pilgrimage stops” where we meet different people and communities on the way and share our stories from our own contexts. Share your art in #Creating4Change, a month-long art challenge in September with the theme “Open Letters to COP26”. Express your message to decision-makers, leaders, and communities in light of COP26 through works of art, may it be through drawing, poetry, music, photography, writing, etc. Plan your own local pilgrimage. that highlights what is unique to your local context, and is a meaningful and hopeful process for the community. Register here to receive updates and reminders on the pilgrimage activities. Whichever engagement you may choose to participate in, all of these will be included in an interactive map that will trace the story of our pilgrimage together, amplifying the stories from the ground, and inspiring global transformation with a sense of belonging and humble responsibility to our Common Home. We hope to meet you on the way.

  • The youth of Upper Pulangi gathered on July 31 during the 500th anniversary of the conversion of St. Ignatius. This celebration entitled, “The Challenge to Change” was an opportunity for the youth to reflect. They focused on their role in taking up the challenges of their changing ecological and social landscape amidst the increasing pressures and risks to the land and waters. 1. A section of a video narrating the life of St. Ignatius was translated into Bisaya and was dubbed by one of the students of Apu Palamguwan Cultural Education Center. This helped capture the youth’s interest and imagination as they later participated in a sharing on about Finding God in All Things. The youth shared about how they see and experience gratitude in their daily life and through their relationship with their family, community, and the gaup, their ancestral land. They shared about even when ‘bad things’ happen we are changed, and can find new and valuable options forward. The challenge is to work with the hope felt and find occasion where it bears fruit. 2. The youth listened to the story of Tokata Iron Eyes, a youth leader and activist from Standing Rock, Dakota. She led a youth movement that successfully put a stop to the proposed route of the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016. Although it was later on approved by the Trump administration, she, along with her community continues to fight against its operation that poses serious threats to the water security of their indigenous land. Drawing inspiration from Tokata’s leadership, participants of the gathering also talked about their own role in in asserting the rights and responsibilities of Indigenous Peoples and in protecting and caring for their land. The youth reflected their contributions in forest and water regeneration and their continuous efforts to improve their language skills in English so that they can speak for themselves and be able to express their concerns and hopes freely and openly with broader groups. 3. In the afternoon, the focus of the discussion was on Laudato Si’ Goals and Culture. The youth presented 7 artworks based on the 7 Laudato Si’ Goals. One of the presenters, shared that he relates most to the Laudato Si Goal of environmental spirituality. He said that his drawing signifies the growth and development that he is going through as a student and an indigenous youth leader. He acknowledged that much like the other youth in attendance during the event, he has much to learn in life and is humbled by the challenges that teach him valuable life lessons. All of the youth’s drawings represented their own unique expression of environmental spirituality based on their own personal experience of relating with community, land, and culture. There is a silent acknowledgement of how the youth understands what is fundamental in their life – simplicity without vulnerability is harmony, growth cycle and community. The hope lies in seeing the destruction on the one hand the landscape while on the other recognizing more deeply how this is culturally their identity and then stepping forward to say this is what we are doing. This action is seen also as living out the spiritual harmony with which they struggle. 4. The last session was about COP26 and the COP Pilgrimage. The pilgrimage highlights for us why indigenous youth must be a part of the process and discussion for the November COP26 meeting and beyond. The youth shared statements expressing what they want to see happen in COP26 coming from their context and the vision of their community. The event closed with the awarding of certificates for the different youth training programs including the awarding of certificates for Forest and Water Management Summer Program, Jesuit Worldwide Learning (JWL) Professional Course for Peace Leadership and Leaning Facilitators, and TESDA NCII on Organic Farming certificates and Bamboo Construction Accomplishment. One of the platforms for youth to participate in COP26 is through the COP Pilgrimage. The COP Pilgrimage is a hybrid physical-virtual global pilgrimage to COP26 that highlights community, spirituality, and change in a journey that connects different initiatives of communities, faith groups, and networks. This is an effort initiated by four communities including Bendum as represented by Balay Laudato Si’. For the Pulangiyēn youth, this pilgrimage relates closely to their cultural practice of bentela daw sayuda (visiting and sharing). This is a tradition where members of one community visits another to share information about where they may be focusing their farm work, or to provide a service – for example, coming together to build a home for one family. The youth said that the event on St. Ignatius 500th anniversary of his conversion and beginning of his pilgrimage is the start of their own local pilgrimage as they belong to different communities in Upper Pulangi but have come together to express their commitment for the sustainability of their ancestral land. They understand that they are connected not only through their ancestry and values, but also through their landscape that holds the hope for their future giving them new spirit. Our steps in preparing for our local pilgrimage: A focal point of the experience and the context of understanding a pilgrimage is in the landscape, a place often not familiar and where a sense of the sacred is felt to be present. The journey through the landscape is often more important than the destination, the importance is the transformation and resulting consolation. The youth are in search of change, but the change experienced along the way has time and occasion beyond words to see the world anew and our place in it.  The youth are seeking to arrive at a new norm yet they arrive changed and become more open to deeper experience of life. The process of going on a journey is often best done with companions. A pilgrimage is also a metaphor for our life and the learning that we are on our way. Any of the saints’ life stories is a basis for a pilgrimage and can be […]

  • Cardinal Charles Maung Bo  https://youtu.be/wNhGUh_WGz8   Dear friends, greetings from Myanmar. Mingalarbar. It is with great joy that I wish to be part of this great deliberation on Community, Faith, and Nature: Voices from Oceania and Asia at the Forefront of Climate Reconciliation. I address two major issues. One is on how Asian communities experience climate change and what lessons on reconciliation and hope can we draw from these community experiences. And the second is on what changes and critical actions do Asian communities need to see as we move towards COP26 and beyond. Time is running out. As pointed out by the organizers, science tells us that we only have until 2030 to drastically reduce our emissions. Oceans produce 70-85% of the world’s oxygen, and in Oceania and Asia, we have the Pacific Ocean which is the biggest climate determinant. Ocean and forest communities, especially Indigenous Peoples in Asia and Oceania, are at the forefront of the impact, action, and the response to the climate crisis. Covid is teaching us a grim lesson. Respect nature or perish. It is not theoretical gymnastics when we saw thousands dying, with the lack of oxygen as the problem. Oxygen that was once freely available is now monetized. Out of the five elements – air, water, light, land, and space – three have already been commodified. The ruthless exploitation has made life intolerable to millions, impoverishing millions and endangering inter-generational survivors. So, this meeting in Asia is very important. I’m happy that the role of Indigenous communities in protecting and promoting the health of the nature is brought to greater attention. Pope Francis has shown that the Indigenous cultures have so much to teach us in the “modern” world in protecting the only planet of life we know. Asia has a great role to play in this and is one of the continents where a huge number of Indigenous Peoples live. From the shores of the South China Sea to the central parts of India, there’s a huge mass of land once occupied by Indigenous Peoples and that land was once called Zomia. (Editor’s note: Zomia is a region described by James C Scott in his book, The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia [Yale University Press, 2009].) Living among the most vibrant rainforest areas, these people were the guardians of the lands of Asia. Their plight today is miserable, exploited by the market economy, ideologies, and authoritarian discourse of civilization. These communities have been reduced to ecological refugees, stripped of their living systems and their survival space. Call it ecological genocide, but the bleak fact remains that a violent injustice was inflicted on these people by nation states in collusion with the market forces. Asian Indigenous Peoples are the wounded healers. Covid was a siren, warning us that the continued disturbance of the ecosystem will boomerang. As many sources pointed out, Covid jumped from animal sources to humans and have affected at least 30 species in the animal kingdom. The third strain is wreaking havoc even in rich countries. The plight of poor countries especially Asia and Africa is a visceral agony. Asia’s countries have invested more in arms than in health and have more soldiers than health professionals. Pope Francis has shown a powerful light on the ecological and inter-generational injustice that prevails. A craven generation steals from the present poor and the future generation. An “ecological” model that abuses nature and does not consider generations to follow is perpetrated by a minority. As the world continues to bury more than three million people, it has failed to learn lessons from the voices from the graves. Covid is just a window dressing of a huge natural disaster including pandemics waiting to happen. The link between ravishing the biosphere and the virus outbreak is becoming clearer day by day. The warmest climate days in the planet are recorded in this year. Areas that knew no hot summer are roasting. The Arctic region is experiencing ice quakes as millions of tons of ice are melted. I am grateful to the organizers, Ecojesuit, the global ecological network of Jesuits and partners, and the River above Asia and Oceania Ecclesial Network (RAOEN), that proposed a joint dialogue event during the Asia Pacific Climate Week to highlight the role of interconnected Indigenous communities, faith, and nature in climate reconciliation. The role of faith-based organizations is recognized with great urgency and driven by the prophet of ecology, our Pope Francis and his trendsetting encyclical Laudato Si’. The world rises to greater awareness of the ecology. The modern youth lead the way in refusing to accept the exploitative commodification of natural resources. In this global struggle, all cultures need to learn from the lives and belief systems of Indigenous Peoples. The Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) has been working on mainstreaming the ecological concerns into the spiritual and the community consciousness of Catholic communities in various countries. We are aware that many of the Indigenous communities are also faith-based communities. Of the 16 dioceses in my country, 14 are made up of Indigenous ethnic communities. Pope Francis has always impressed upon the Church to learn from Indigenous communities and be grateful for their contribution. He met with the Indigenous Peoples in Peru in 2018 and thanked them, saying that their lives cry out against a style of life that is oblivious to its own real cost. They are a living memory of the mission that the God has entrusted to us all, the protection of our common home. The first disposition of the Church in Asia is to listen to the Indigenous Peoples. Pope Francis organized the Amazon synod with a central theme – that the Church humbly hears the cry of the Amazon and its people. We need to be grateful to the people who protect the lungs of the earth. We need to move towards and beyond COP26. An ecological Covid has affected the lungs of the earth […]

  • Ecojesuit and the River Above Asia Oceania Ecclesial Network (RAOEN) are hosting a joint dialogue on 6 July 2021 to highlight the interconnected roles of indigenous communities, faith, and nature in climate reconciliation. Community, Faith, and Nature: Voices from Oceania and Asia at the Forefront of Climate Reconciliation is an official side event to the UNFCCC Asia Pacific Climate Week, in line with the thematic track Integrated approaches for climate resilient development. Extreme weather events and degradation of life systems in our oceans and lands have moved beyond risks and threats and are already happening. This event seeks to promote support for low-carbon actions and practices that many indigenous communities live out through agroecology as a Nature-based Solution (NbS) This natural local response that is not driven by technology draws its strength from a shared gratitude for creation and the environment that is in solidarity with local needs and the common good. These are the voices that faith-based organizations (FBOs) and movements are listening to in sustaining a reconciliation with the sea and the land. Science tells us that we only have until 2030 to drastically reduce our emissions (IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, 2018). Oceans produce 70-85% of the world’s oxygen and in Oceania and Asia, the Pacific Ocean is the biggest climate determinant. Ocean and forest communities, especially Indigenous Peoples in Oceania and Asia, are at the forefront of the impact and action in response to the climate crisis. They are leading in the struggle for NbS while living in areas where the worst impacts of the climate crisis are deeply felt. They articulate the most urgent need for climate adaptations and highlight the response needed to address the problem at the core, and their voices, not just global corporations, need to be heard more in global discussions. Addressing the climate crisis will only be possible if Pacific and Asian communities work together and engage in meaningful dialogue that promotes shared learning and collaboration. Oceania and Asia have a unique opportunity to set a global example in broadening the climate dialogue by leveraging on the diversity of cultures and faiths in the regions. In the process, voices from the ground are empowered, especially the youth, women, and Indigenous Peoples. They are the “disruptors” in the global climate conversations that FBOs are supporting through years of community accompaniment. This engagement also echoes the urgent call for a radical shift in the business-as-usual leadership in climate action by emphasizing local and indigenous voices, actions, and stories as solutions and ways forward, not just interesting anecdotes. As well, recovery from the interrelated COVID-19 and climate crises cannot happen without addressing the nexus of climate, water, food, biodiversity, and culture. The global response needs to be in the rapid reduction of carbon and climate action financing while indigenous communities need a reduction of their vulnerabilities in their social environment so they can focus on the local responses needed. Indigenous Peoples and FBOs have a capacity to respond as they are action-oriented with a shared gratitude for creation and a basic recognition of the common good. To register for the event, visit: bit.ly/APCWJointDialogue

  • The Ignatian family, with its collaborators and partners, comes together in this collective statement, Towards COP26: Advocating for Climate Justice, A Commitment from the Ignatian Family, (English | Español | Français | Italiano) to change and for change, an awakening at a time of massive global challenges that upended all spheres of human life and activities. The world stood still as the virus spread, and had to work together to respond. The climate crisis is likewise spreading as the planet warms, and COP26 in November seeks commitments from all nations and peoples to act and avert the Earth’s deterioration, resonating with the theme for Earth Day 2021: Restore our earth. Thus, this is a crucial time for a commitment by which we need to stay engaged in all discussions by integrating the different concerns that reflect the same issues. There are those who signed this document and are dealing with migration, with the raw poverty from the margins, with good governance, with economy and human development, food insecurity, health safety, biodiversity loss and protection, disaster risk reduction, and human rights for all, among many others. All these elements have a role as we are all asked to work together towards common but differentiated responses. The calls for change and action cut across all our ministries and there is a great willingness from those who have been working on climate action and climate justice. We need to expand this awakened willingness to commit by strengthening and supporting the “integratedness” of the different concerns and calls for action. All these are phases and dimensions faced in COP26 and we all need to find ways to highlight these and put strong support behind our political institutions for a commitment to the Paris Agreement. Our commitment is a covenant. Even if politicians and business people give up, we do not give up. We always seek to uphold the voices of the poor, allow the youth have a future, and ensure the inclusion and leadership of Indigenous Peoples – all for the care of our common home. We need to keep the statement alive, keep all informed, seek updates and suggestions, and always be on the lookout for the conversion in action taking place. It is a time of great challenge, but there is also a call of great hope. Ecojesuit seeks the commitment of the whole Ignatian family and collaborators. Those who wish to sign on behalf of their organization, network, or institution may do so by sending their name, position title, name of organization/network/institution, and logo to ecojes.networking@gmail.com. Please visit the Ecojesuit@COP26 website for more information and updates.

  • Ecojesuit launches Stepping Forward for the Global Common Good, a workshop series to promote the urgency of understanding and participating in the COP26 process that tackles the five key points for decision in COP26 in Glasgow in November. This effort also advances the Ignatian commitment to advocate for climate justice and hopes to animate the collaborative actions emerging among Jesuits and partners even beyond COP 26. The five key decision points in the COP26 negotiations that Ecojesuit and partners identified as critical for people and nature are: Finalizing the Paris Agreement in full, so implementation of the Rulebook can begin Finding solutions that respect human rights and allow all nations to achieve net-zero targets by 2050 Mobilizing US$100 billion yearly in climate finance for developing countries and shifting to policies that promote more sustainable economies like the European Green Deal Ensuring business accountability for their emissions and negative impact on the environment and communities Integrating nature-based solutions (NBS) in finalizing the Paris Agreement Rulebook. Ecojesuit COP26 Workshop 1: Global Rules, Local Solutions The first workshop, Global Rules, Local Solutions, will be held on 11 June and focuses on the Paris Agreement Rulebook and community-led nature-based solutions. Introduced in COP 21 in 2015, the Paris Agreement Rulebook starts the engine of climate action implementation on a global political level. While ratcheting up the commitments of countries to reduce carbon emissions is part of the process, what the Rulebook is about is turning on the engine. It is important to bring the political engine for climate change together and endorse genuine nature-based solutions. Both the Rulebook and the NBS draw strength from a shared gratitude for creation and the environment that are in solidarity with local needs and the common good. Engaging in a new normal for climate action and the common good We need to engage in this new normal for climate action and the common good that Pope Francis described in his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, weaving together the oikos of ecology and the oikos of economy. It is hoped that these workshops will highlight with clarity the nexus of climate change with water, land, biodiversity, food systems, and culture as part of the local-global Ignatian response to the UAPs, Laudato Si’, and Fratelli Tutti. This is the new normal for climate action – one that involves the political wherewithal and the sustainable participation of people who are most vulnerable to the changing climate and socio-economic marginalization. These are the two key political-economic engagements in reversing climate patterns – putting in the finance for every country and putting in the necessary politics to move the climate actions. This is what COP21 was not able to do and we are no longer saying “let’s do this”, but rather, “we are doing it, so join us!” Ecojesuit invites those interested to join the first workshop, Global Rules, Local Solutions, on 11 June 2021, Friday, 2:00-3:30pm (Rome) and register through this link. Featured speakers have been involved in international climate negotiations for several years and seek ways to bring greater local participation to the COP process. Aya de Leon from Parabukas will give an overview of the Paris Agreement and the Paris Rulebook and Stephen Leonard from Rationale Advisors will talk about the role of nature in climate action and emerging discussions on nature-based solutions. Ciara Murphy, Environment Policy Advocate at the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, will moderate the open forum. The next Ecojesuit COP26 workshops and tentative dates are: The Right to a Stable Climate: Achieving Net-Zero Solutions by 2050 (21 July) Climate Finance and Green Policy Shifts (18 August) Towards Greater Business Accountability and Climate Justice for Communities (22 September) Ignatian Commitments and Collaborations for Climate Action (6 October) For more information or proposals for collaboration, please contact Brex Arevalo at ecojes.networking@gmail.com.