Taking place whilst the UN talks are going on, the main Ecojesuit event will be a dialogue conference on 13 November 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. Other events during COP23 include a meeting of the ecology cluster of the Jesuits in Europe ‘Higher Education for Social Transformation’ (HEST) group.
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 ‘collaboration among Jesuits and Jesuit apostolates through networks’.
Ecojesuit believes that COP23 is a context where the Society of Jesus can promote its call for reconciliation between creation and people. This process will strengthen our contribution to the Society’s discernment of apostolic priorities.
Commenting on the initiative, Ecojesuit Australia representative Sue Martin said, ‘COP23 is an opportunity to authentically respond to Laudato Si’ and the call to care for our common home. Jesuits across the globe have heard this call and are doing amazing things, in sharing our stories we learn from each other.’
Martin also asked Australians to ‘pray that the low lying island nations will be heard’ at the Bonn Conference.