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Center of Concern | Tue, May 16, 2017

Creative Voice Dan Misleh, Executive Director of Catholic Climate Covenant, shares his thoughts on climate change, Pope Francis, integral ecology, and the Catholic social teaching theme of Care for Creation. To read the interview, click here. Not a member of Education for Justice? Sign up today! http://coc.org/efj-new

Integral Ecology | Tue, May 16, 2017

Jordan Waters: Preservation for Sustainable Living

"When human pride explodes, it destroys and exploits nature. Think of water. Water is something precious and very important. Water gives life; it helps us in everything. But to exploit the minerals, which leads to the contamination of water, then messes up the environment and creation is destroyed! This is just an example. There are many more."

—Pope Francis, February 22, 2017

I read this quote from a homily by Pope Francis in which he emphasized our care for the environment. It had an immediate effect upon me as I was visiting the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan during a school break. I previously worked in Jordan as the pastor of the English Language parish for the Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

The World Health Organization ranks Jordan among the lowest in the world for water resource availability per capita, with water scarcity becoming a more menacing challenge as the population doubles and climate changes make precipitation more uncertain and variable. In addition, the desert kingdom hosts over 1 million Syrian refugees and displaced persons, creating an enormous strain on a fragile water infrastructure.

Read the rest of Fr. John Predmore, S.J.'s full blog post at: https://integral-voices.com/2017/04/20/jordan-waters-preservation-for-sustainable-living/.

Education for Justice | Mon, Apr 24, 2017

Thank You Cards for Workers

Give these thank you cards to custodial workers, baristas, restaurant workers, or hotel staff to honor their labor and build solidarity.

Instructions:

1. Print the card on cardstock or other heavy paper. Select “print on both sides of paper” (flip on short edge).

2. Be sure to make the paper size “actual size,” and then trim off the excess paper.

3. Write a note of gratitude on the back of the card. For the peace sign cards, use colored pencils to create a unique design.

4. Give the card to a worker!

Copyright © 2017, Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Jan 29, 2017

New tax and human rights tools

Participation, accountability, transparency and access to information are critical human rights principles that apply to fiscal policies. Likewise, human rights duties of international cooperation and assistance compel states to consider how their tax policies affect human rights beyond their borders. 

The publications “Civil and Political Rights in Tax Policy” and ”Tax Policy and International Cooperation and Assistance for the Achievement of Human Rights,” are the last two in a series of four advocacy tools launched by the RightingFinance Initiative. Completing the previously launched set of advocacy tools, they offer further guidance on the meaning of human rights obligations for making and assessing tax policy.

Click here for all advocacy tools on tax policy and human rights.