Trincomalee Diocese Eco-Project (TDEP)
Let me begin with a quote from Anais Nin’s diaries (1944-1947):
“We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.”
Eco-Friendly Lifestyle (EFLS)
Members of the Loyola Centre of Ecology & Justice are affected by their research and their encounters (such as those of Directors discussed later). It is relatively easy when you have the financial means and education to adopt a lifestyle that is more eco-friendly (though it is often superficial and ineffective to reduce the production of toxic waste).
Plastic and other toxic materials are the friends of those who have low incomes and are unaware that their way of life contributes to global warming, pollution of the ocean and destruction of the environment.
Plastic is cheap, light, and colourful. It is an ideal item to bring the virus of consumerism to the most neglected ones of our societies. Those who are the victims of Neo-liberal capitalism are paradoxically those who feel good to mimic the rich and the powerful in believing that joy comes from consuming commodities.
Kanniya Eco-Credibility Project (KECP)
What do we mean by “eco-credibility”? Why not speak about empowerment as it is more fashionable, at least in the Jesuit circles? As you already know, in the Loyola Centre for Ecology & Justice (LCEJ), we believe in slow transformations affecting our emotional brain. We refrain from slogans and from commodifying frustration, anger and thirst for power. The logical brain is comfortable with power and violence, often ignoring the “life-factor” and its characteristics. There is much to learn from the standpoint of powerlessness.