Do you know the Ecojesuit factsheets? Since 2015, a team of Jesuits and lay people from French-speaking Western Europe has been publishing a bimonthly electronic sheet of advice and good ecological practices. Intended for Jesuit communities, these sheets can inspire all citizens who want to take care of our common House. The 21st sheet has just been published: it is entitled: "Ecological driving".

As soon as the encyclical Laudato si' was published, Belgian and French Jesuits wanted to embark on the path of ecology and raise awareness of climate issues. It seemed clear that the companions had to start by reforming their own lifestyle and that of their community. Concrete tools were missing to support this conversion. Fellow Jesuits, coordinated by Jérôme Gué sj, began writing monthly thematic sheets to help with concrete actions. The name Ecojesuit comes from the website, based in Brussels and Manila, "Ecojesuit. Ecology and Jesuits in communication", which brings together all the initiatives of the Society of Jesus

Every two months, a theme is discussed: food, energy, transport, waste, water consumption, etc. A brief insert recalls the challenges, followed by concrete action plans: one vegetarian day per week in the communities or the implementation of a compost for organic waste. Links to online videos or sites are provided for "those who want to go further".

The authors of the Ecojesuit sheets are not green coaches specialising in change, or strategy consultants, but companions among others, who will draw on the resources available to offer a simple and didactic tool.


Ecojesuit sheet 23

Apps for the Common House!

Sheet 23 presents a selection of very practical applications to help take care of our common home.

Consumption: knowing what you buy, what you eat

Several applications help to know what is behind what we buy:

Yuka: best known for its nutritional analysis of food, it shows the proportion of fruit and vegetables, proteins, saturated fats, salt, sugar, the existence of dangerous or even harmful additives. It thus provides an overall estimate of nutritional quality. More than a trendy hygienism, it is a way to get information and make better choices.

Buy ot Not helps you to consume better, in full knowledge of the facts. It not only analyses product labels, but also provides information about the societal impact of the company that produces it - and launches awareness campaigns.

Ecocompare is more directly focused on ecology. It reveals how the product was manufactured, with what CO2 emissions, whether it has a label, whether it can be recycled, whether it is biodegradable...

These applications have a real effect: the greater transparency regarding the composition or impacts of the products marketed obliges industries to better meet these criteria, to which consumers are becoming attentive. It is a good collective pressure, in favour of our common house.

Lifestyles: to take the next step

Applications have been designed to help us measure the environmental impact of our behaviour, and to give ourselves the means to progress personally in this attention to our common home.

WAG offers challenges, tips and tricks for food, transport, waste and energy.

90 days offers various challenges to reduce our water consumption and CO2 emissions.

Wastefulness: networking for collective solutions

There are countless applications such as Blablacar for carpooling, which make it possible to provide services, exchange goods or services with the neighbourhood. It can also be a way to fight waste. For example:

To good to go makes it possible to recover unsold food from the catering industry, at lower prices, before it is thrown away. Good for an evening of community or sharing group, or to bring a dessert to friends' houses.

GEEV: the first platform for donations between individuals, allows you to donate and collect objects or food free of charge. A good reflex with what has been going on in our communities for too long: share!

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Find all the information on: www.jesuites.com/fiches-ecojesuit