Delayed indigenous land demarcation aggravate conflicts

Agencia Brazil

Alex Rodrigues reports from Agência Brasil Edited by: Denise Griesinger / Nira Foster

The Indigenous Missionary Council releases at CNBB, the headquarters of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil, the report entitled Violence Against Indigenous Peoples in Brazil in 2013Elza Fiúza/Agência Brasil
The Indigenous Missionary Council releases at CNBB, the headquarters of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil, the report entitled Violence Against Indigenous Peoples in Brazil in 2013Elza Fiúza/Agência Brasil

Chairman of the Indigenous Missionary Council (“Cimi”) Bishop Erwin Kräutler is charging governmental agencies with neglect towards the indigenous policy and the life of indigenous peoples. He believes that the interruption by the government of the procedures for the demarcation of the Indians’ lands aggravate conflicts in many states and intensifies violence and death threats against this population throughout the country. Continue reading

Pope appeals for support for migrant children

Independent Catholic News

popePope Francis sent a message on Tuesday to the organisers, speakers and participants in the “Mexico/Holy See Colloquium on Migration and Development”, which was read during the inaugural session of the event by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin. In the text, the Pontiff urges the international community to promote the adoption of new forms of legal and safe migration and called for protection and a suitable reception for the many children who migrate cross the border with the United States unaccompanied. He also highlights the need for policies to inform potential migrants of the dangers of such a journey and above all, for initiatives to promote development in their countries of origin. Continue reading

If You Cut One, Plant Two

Students from Kisule Primary School in Kampala at the International Children’s Climate Change Conference (ICCCC), July 2014, Uganda. Credit: Amy Fallon/IPS
Students from Kisule Primary School in Kampala at the International Children’s Climate Change Conference (ICCCC), July 2014, Uganda. Credit: Amy Fallon/IPS

“Children are the future generation, but at the moment we are in this climate change quagmire because adults cut trees with impunity. We do not think twice … we didn’t plant them” – Joseph Masembe, founder of Uganda’s Little Green Hands

By Amy Fallon

KAMPALA, Jul 15 2014 (IPS) – Olga Mugisa, 11-years-old, takes to the microphone in front of her peers, the Ugandan flag proudly draped behind her and green plants framing the stage. She has an important message to share with her fellow students: “If you cut one, plant two.” Continue reading

Major Companies Push for More, Easier Renewable Energy

By Carey L. Biron

According to the U.S. government, only around 13 percent of domestic energy production last year was from renewable sources. Credit: Miriam Mannak/IPS
According to the U.S. government, only around 13 percent of domestic energy production last year was from renewable sources. Credit: Miriam Mannak/IPS

WASHINGTON, Jul 14 2014 (IPS) – Some of the largest companies in the United States have banded together to call for a substantial increase in the production of renewable electricity, as well as for more simplicity in purchasing large blocs of green energy.

A dozen U.S-based companies, most of which operate globally, say they want to significantly step up the amount of renewable energy they use, but warn that production levels remain too low and procurement remains too complex. The 12 companies have now put forward a set of principles aimed at helping to “facilitate progress on these challenges” and lead to a broader shift in the market.
“The problem these companies are seeing is that they’re paying too much, even though they know that cost-effective renewable energy is available.” — Marty Spitzer Continue reading

Bishops from five countries ask society to confront migration issues

By David Agren

Catholic News Service

Guatemalan migrants land in Guatemala City July 10 after being deported from the United States. The flight carried 126 men and women. A growing wave of families and unaccompanied minors are fleeing Central America because of an increase in drug and gang-related crimes. (CNS/Reuters)
Guatemalan migrants land in Guatemala City July 10 after being deported from the United States. The flight carried 126 men and women. A growing wave of families and unaccompanied minors are fleeing Central America because of an increase in drug and gang-related crimes. (CNS/Reuters)

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (CNS) — Bishops’ conferences from five countries called on Catholics, politicians and society at large to confront the issues causing a flow of unaccompanied minors from Central America — and to tend to them as they travel through Mexico and arrive at the U.S. border.

“Bishops and their workers reiterate the urgency of the respecting human dignity of the undocumented migrants, strengthening governmental institutions … firmly combating the reprehensible activity of illegal groups and organized crime … and investing in Central America,” the bishops’ conferences of El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and the United States said in a July 10 statement. Continue reading

El Niño Triggers Drought, Food Crisis in Nicaragua

By José Adán Silva

The Las Canoas lake in Tipitapa, near Managua, dries up every time Nicaragua is visited by the El Niño phenomenon, leaving local people without fish or water for their crops. Credit: Guillermo Flores/IPS
The Las Canoas lake in Tipitapa, near Managua, dries up every time Nicaragua is visited by the El Niño phenomenon, leaving local people without fish or water for their crops. Credit: Guillermo Flores/IPS

MANAGUA, Jul 10 2014 (IPS) – The spectre of famine is haunting Nicaragua. The second poorest country in Latin America, and one of the 10 most vulnerable to climate change in the world, is facing a meteorological phenomenon that threatens its food security.

Scientists at the Nicaraguan Institute for Territorial Studies (INETER) say the situation is correlated with the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO), a weather cycle that periodically causes drought on the western Pacific seaboard and the centre of the country, in contrast with seasonal flooding in the north and the eastern Caribbean coast. Continue reading

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