Jesuit Friends and Alumni of Grand Traverse Summer Event
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Villa Marquette in Omena
4504 M-22, Suttons Bay Township, MI 49682
Dr. Nancy Tuchman
Loyola University Chicago, Department of Biology,
Professor and Founding Director of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Dr. Michael Schuck
Loyola University Chicago, Department of Theology,
Professor and Co-Director of the International Jesuit Ecology Project
From carbon emission challenges to newly installed solar panels to the 2,000 honeybees now occupying a high school rooftop, Jesuits and their collaborators have responded in force to Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical on the environment. As the one-year anniversary of “Laudato Si’: On the Care for Our Common Home” approaches, there’s been progress on Pope Francis’ call to action on climate change as a moral imperative, and yet, much more to do.
Pope Francis’ call to “care for our common home” resonates differently depending upon where people live. For people living in more ecologically vulnerable parts of the world, such as the islands that compose the Philippines, it can define a path to survival.
Jose Ramon “Jett” Villarin, S.J., president of Ateneo de Manila University and one of the scientists who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 along with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, will be at Santa Clara University April 6 to discuss pathways of hope that he sees, for those who seek to care for our common home. His talk will take place from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the Saint Clare Room of Santa Clara University’s Harrington Learning Commons. It is part of a series of Santa Clara Lectures funded through the generosity of the Bannan Institute of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at SCU.
“Each green initiative on our campus diverts resources from unsustainable projects to renewable, cost effective ones. Beyond the savings and the environmental benefits, these initiatives also create learning opportunities and fulfill the Jesuit ideal to be stewards of God’s creation.” – President Eugene J. Cornacchia
From March 17-19, 2016, Loyola University Chicago hosted its third annual Climate Change Conference, entitled “Global Climate Change: Economic Challenges and Solutions.” This gathering focused on new economics, policies and activism taking place around the world to address climate change. Key highlights included the student sustainability summit, where students were invited to share from their own perspective about the sustainability initiatives occurring on their campuses and learn what’s working at other schools, as well as the keynote speech by award-winning author and climate activist, Naomi Klein.
This year’s conference “Global Climate Change: Economic Challenges and Solutions” will delve into international policy, new economics, and the climate justice and grassroots activism occurring worldwide due to climate change.