Teen activist Greta Thunberg bringing her climate protests to the U.S., by boat

Stockholm — Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager whose social media-savvy brand of eco-activism has inspired tens of thousands of students in Europe to skip classes and protest for faster action against climate change, said Monday that she plans to take her message to America the old-fashioned way: by boat. The 16-year-old tweeted that she’ll sail across the Atlantic […]

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Pope Francis: ‘The common good has become global’

Vatican City, May 2, 2019 / 11:01 am (CNA).- Pope Francis called on nations to work toward a global common good Thursday, particularly in confronting climate change, human trafficking, and nuclear threats. “In the current situation of globalization not only of the economy but also of technological and cultural exchanges, the nation state is no […]

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After protests, Britain’s parliament declares climate change ’emergency’

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s parliament declared a symbolic climate change “emergency” on Wednesday, backing a call by opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for “rapid and dramatic action” to protect the environment for generations to come.   Eleven days of protests by the Extinction Rebellion activist group caused major disruptions in central London in recent weeks, […]

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‘The beginning of great change’: Greta Thunberg hails school climate strikes

The 16-year-old’s lone protest last summer has morphed into a powerful global movement challenging politicians to act. The 16-year-old welcomed the huge mobilisation planned in the UK, which follows demonstrations by tens of thousands of school and university students in Australia, Belgium, Germany, the United States, Japan and more than a dozen other countries.  With […]

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Ecology and Jesuits in Communication – EcoJesuit

  Inspired by a young Swedish student’s solo protest on climate inaction, students around the world strike and demand climate action from their governments   A protest that started with a 15-year-old Swedish girl who refused to go to school unless politicians start “prioritizing the climate question” has snowballed into a global movement fueled by […]

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The Pope: WYD is a prophetic sign that runs contrary to the sad current of nationalism and walls

 The World Youth Day was a “great symphony of faces and languages”, “a prophetic sign, one that runs contrary to the current, sad tendency of conflictual nationalisms that raise walls and close themselves to universality and the encounter of peoples”: these were the Pope’s words during the general audience dedicated to his recent trip to […]

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Why France’s ‘yellow vest’ protesters are rioting in Paris and across the country

What are they protesting against? Macron’s government has imposed several climate change-related fuel taxes in recent months — including another slated to take effect in January. Macron says the taxes are meant to encourage drivers to exchange diesel-fuelled vehicles for more environmentally-friendly models, but many middle-class French citizens say the taxes are squeezing them to the […]

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