Projects under Trincomalee Diocese Eco-Programme
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.
Eco-Friendly Lifestyle Project (EFLp)
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.
Projects under the Hospitality Unit
LCEJ Eco-Hospitality Project (LEHp)
The LCEJ Eco-Hospitality Project (LEHp) is part of the many activities managed by LCEJ to promote a plastic-free Trincomalee District. LCEJ is composed of 6 Units and one of them is the Hospitality Unit. The Hospitality Manager and his team are in charge of keeping LCEJ buildings and gardens safe, clean and welcoming. But the most important task of the Hospitality Manager is to slowly transform LCEJ buildings and the gardens into a “coaching space.”