The Church under Pope Francis has taken a leadership role in promoting economic and environmental justice. “Laudato Si” has captured the respect of the world’s leaders and the enthusiastic support of those interested in addressing our growing economic inequality within and between nations. By linking the environmental crisis to its roots in economic forces, and calling for an integral environmental humanism, the Church has pointed to necessary economic, social, political and psychological changes that are necessary if we are to survive in our “common home.” How can all of our institutions take a leadership role in addressing these two challenges (which amount to different sides of the same coin)?
Expanding the reach of Healing Earth Text-book
Coordinators: Nancy Tuchman, Dean of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Loyola University Chicago.
Healing Earth: Environmental science e-textbook addresses select environmental challenges from an integrated scientific, moral, and spiritual perspective. This Living Text is a curricular resource on environmental studies for teachers and students in institutions of higher education and secondary schools worldwide.
Description: This group desires to expand the use of the textbook. Healing Earth is now visited by 4,100 user per week. Most of the repeat users (1,550) are teachers, a 1/3 from our secondary schools and 2/3 from universities. The text book continues to expand through teachers’ contributions.
Next steps: The group will be promoting the use of the textbook through the different regions.
Climate Change Conference
Description: Annual conferences on environmental sustainability and climate change that will focus on community-based research and advocacy.
Next steps: LUC hosted the last conference. The sponsorship will now move to another host institution worldwide. The LUC conference celebrated young environmental sustainability advocates, highlighting the efforts on youth in this area.