The cries of the forests and air, water, land, and the poor
Promotio Iustiatiae - Ecojesuits2022
The cries of the forests and air, water, land, and the poor are the focus of the latest issues of Promotio Iustitiae (PI), a journal published by the Secretariat for Social Justice and Ecology (SJES) of the Society of Jesus since 1977. In a series of reflections on the cry of the land and the poor as put forward in Laudato Si’, PI # 132 was on The Cry of Water and the Cry of the Poor and PI #133, on The Cry of Land and the Cry of the Poor. The most recent issue, PI#134 is on The Cries of the Forest & Air and the Cry of the Poor.
The authors share the theological understanding, spirituality, socioeconomic and political realities and constraints, and the importance of forests and biodiversity for the survival of the planet. Through these reflective articles, we are called to listen attentively to the groans of our earth with all its creations, especially the trees, plants, birds, animals, insects, among other flora and fauna, and the anguished cries of the poor. The poor encompass particularly the young, the women, the children, and the vulnerable communities, predominantly the indigenous, who often get dispossessed of their rich natural and mineral resources for their future.
The ecological crisis is getting worse daily and we realize that it is impossible to resolve this global crisis only through science and technology or even through economic or political powers. It is not simply about climate change mitigation, adaptation, or financial commitments. These efforts are inadequate if there is no fundamental change in our relationship with to nature. Real change will happen only if there is a complete paradigm shift in our attitudes, spirituality, lives, and lifestyles. and a revamping of the entire socioeconomic, political and cultural system of administration of the environment. We are on the verge of a global catastrophe that needs to be handled collectively and comprehensively.
All monographies are freely available online in English, Spanish, French, and Italian.
Xavier Jeyaraj SJ (ed) The Cry of Water and the cry of the Poor – Promotio Iustitiae #132. The Cry of Land and the cry of the poor – Promotio Iustitiae #133; The Cries of the Forest, Air, and the Cry of the Poor – Promotio Iustitiae # 134. Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES) General Curia of the Society of Jesus Borgo Santo Spirito 4, 00193 Rome, Italy-