New Edition of Healing Earth

What would teaching about nature look like if environmental science included an ethical framework, spiritual framework, spiritual reflection, and a call to action?

Developed by the School of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola University Chicago, Healing Earthis a free-access, online textbook which addresses the urgent, vexing environmental issues of our time. Healing Earth provides an accessible and integrated education on contemporary ecological challenges, calling upon its readers to reflect ethically and spiritually, and to take action that leads us towards a sustainable and just future.

It is designed to fit the mission of secondary schools, universities, and adult education programs. It is the first environmental science textbook to follow Pope Francis' lead in Laudato Sí by

. . . drawing on the results of the best scientific research available today,
letting them touch us deeply and provide a concrete foundation for the
ethical and spiritual itinerary that follows.

Healing Earth approaches socioecological challenges through a holistic lens with the purpose of educating the whole person for positive action in the natural and social world. Readers are presented with a scientific and ethical foundation of these challenges that encourages readers to reflect spiritually, and act to heal the Earth. With an international team of scientists, humanists and students, Healing Earth is constantly transforming, always being improved and built upon, and is available in four languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French. The latest edition of Healing Earth features an Online Community Forum open for all users. This is a space that brings together educators and readers from over 140 countries to share pedagogical approaches, educational strategies and nurture the Environmental Action Platform with ideas and initiatives in and outside of the classroom.

We would love to have you join the Healing Earth community at to bridge connections with other Earth caregivers across the globe. This work would not have been possible without the guidance, expertise and suggestions from our users like you.

We hope that this community will continue to grow and thrive!

Learn more about Healing Earth or contact us at [email protected].

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