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Giustizia e Pace

29 Dicembre 2023

Prayer for Healing and Strength: Standing in Solidarity with Earthquake Victims in Gansu and Qinghai, China

We join Pope Francis in prayers and solidarity with the victims of the recent earthquakes in Gansu and Qinghai provinces, China. The earthquakes, with magnitudes of 6.4 and 6.9 respectively, have left around 127 dead victims, communities in distress, and widespread damage to infrastructure. Authorities have mobilized emergency responses, but the damages on roads make it difficult to reach the affected areas. The sub-zero temperature that the country is experiencing is challenging the rescue work. The epicenter is in an area with a high level of poverty in China.

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13 Dicembre 2023

Unpacking the Illusions of the Green Economy in the Energy Transition

The JPIC Commission USG-UISG cordially invites you to participate in the second webinar of our series. This session will critically explore the undesirable consequences of the ongoing Energy Transition, specifically the rising mining activities associated with renewable energy components. The extraction of minerals for solar panels, wind turbines, and batteries is causing significant social and environmental impacts.

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11 Dicembre 2023

Prayer for Tanzania: Devastating Floods and Climate Crisis in East Africa

We pray for Tanzania, where a devastating flood in the northern part of the country has claimed the lives of at least 65 people, causing landslides, destroying homes, roads, and bridges, and displacing over 5,600 individuals. These floods come on the heels of an unprecedented drought in East Africa, influenced by the El Niño phenomenon. The Horn of Africa, already vulnerable to climate change, is now facing even more extreme weather conditions. During COP 28, the Loss and Damage fund was approved,.

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11 Dicembre 2023

Praying for Peace: Confrontation in Mexico Sparks Urgent Call for Change

Let’s pray for Mexico, where a confrontation between gangs and residents has resulted in the death of 11 people in a small farming town in the center of the country. The police have not identified the suspected gang. According to local media, the Familia Michoacana, a drug cartel, arrived in the village to demand exhortation fees from local farmers. This method of extortion is not new in Mexico, as criminal groups often use threats of violence to extract money from people.

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11 Dicembre 2023

Empowering Communities: Refugee-Led Efforts Combatting Malaria and Climate Change in Uganda

We thank God for the goodwill of many people who support their communities and care for the environment. In Uganda, refugees are planting lemongrass (which acts as a natural repellent) and neem to combat malaria and address climate change. This project aims to restore degraded environments affected by climate change and improve the well-being of the community. Seedlings are distributed to households, and residents are trained on how to plant and maintain them. According to the UNHCR, around 11,000 households are participating in this initiative.

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3 Dicembre 2023

Praying for Bangladesh: Overcoming the Worst Dengue Outbreak in History

We pray for Bangladesh, which is currently facing the worst dengue outbreak in history. According to authorities, more than 1549 people have died, and hospitals are overcrowded. The recorded deaths are five times higher than last year’s 281 fatalities. Authorities confirm that the disease has reached all the districts in the country, including rural areas. This outbreak occurs amidst political, economic, and social instability in the country.

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3 Dicembre 2023

Prayer for COP 28: Urgent Climate Action and Interconnectedness for a Sustainable Future

We pray for COP 28, with a special focus on the decision-makers. The UN Environment Programme’s annual Emissions Gap report warns that the Earth could warm up to 2.9°C, even with current climate pledges. It is of paramount importance for governments to take decisive climate actions to curb the rise in Earth’s temperature. The repercussions of anthropic and technocratic approaches are already evident, leading us to perceive ourselves as isolated individuals, often forgetting our interconnectedness within the human family and the environment.

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3 Dicembre 2023

Revolutionizing Energy Generation: Pavegen Tiles Harness the Power of Footsteps

We thank God for the creative innovations that people bring to create new energy sources. The Pavegen tiles, initiated by Laurence Kemball-Cook in 2009, aim to generate clean, off-grid electricity through the power of a simple footstep. Laurence created 750 prototypes to finally develop a floor tile that converts footsteps into clean energy. He got the idea while walking through Victoria train station, which receives more than 75 million visitors a year, envisioning that foot traffic could be transformed into electricity.

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25 Novembre 2023

Prayer for the Republic of the Congo: Seeking Strength and Building a Better World

We pray for the Republic of the Congo, where at least 37 people have died and 140 were injured in an overnight stampede during an army recruitment drive in a stadium in Brazzaville, the capital city. The situation unfolded when the country’s army announced the recruitment of 1500 people aged between 18 and 25. People forcibly opened the gates, resulting in many being trampled in the scramble. Authorities have confirmed ongoing investigations.

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25 Novembre 2023

Prayers for the Dominican Republic: Overcoming Floods and Building Climate Resilience

Let’s pray for the Dominican Republic, where heavy rains have triggered floods, resulting in at least 24 deaths and 17.800 people displaced. Numerous houses and buildings have been completely destroyed, accompanied by electricity cuts, damage to bridges, and roads. According to Dominican President Abinader, this is the most significant event the country has ever experienced, and he extends condolences to all the families who have lost their loved ones. Authorities emphasize that climate change may amplify these risks, posing a potential threat in the future.

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