NJPN environment group celebrates 50th meeting
By: Ashley Ralston and Ellen Teague
Recently Ashleys’ granddaughter asked him, “what are you doing to help the environment?” Reflecting on this, and on the 50th meeting in London of the National Justice and Peace Network (NJPN) Environment Group, which we have both chaired, we reflected on how much the group has achieved since its inception in 2005.
The working group was set up at the NJPN’s annual conference in July 2005, which had an environmental theme and urged that this issue be given attention at all levels of Justice and Peace work. Of course, we were inspired by the Laudato Si’ environmental encyclical coming out the previous month. So, around eight people from half a dozen dioceses, missionary groups and agency partners have been meeting three to four times annually for 13 years.