Archive for Environmental awareness

Loyola University Chicago Climate Change Conference Focuses on Public Health Issues

Loyola University Chicago hosted its fifth annual climate change conference in March, bringing together students, professors, experts from Jesuit universities and partners from across the United States, Canada and the world. “Climate Change and Human Health: 21st Century Challenges” examined how we must continue to work together to address the global challenge of climate change.

Reducing waste: ‘Throwaway culture’ in spotlight as Earth Day targets plastics

It took nearly nine months, but at long last for Betsy Zolper the thousands of plastic foam cups that once filled the pantries at St. Mark Catholic Church, in Vienna, Virginia, are no longer there. In their place sit stacks of compostable and biodegradable paper cups, a first step by the parish’s nascent creation care team toward reducing waste while at the same time increasing consciousness of how much they throw out.

Eliminating the plastic foam cups — an extremely cheap, but environmentally hazardous beverage option — became the first focus for the Care for Our Common Home ministry, which formed in January 2017.

School students take ‘green pledge’

PATNA: Hundreds of students from city schools participated in the pre-celebration of World Earth Day organized by Tarumitra, an NGO, on its premises at Digha on Saturday. They marched to the Panchavati forest area of Tarumitra and performed ‘aarti’ and applied ‘chandan and tika’ to the trees. They also took the ‘green pledge’ to take care of environment.

Pope Francis’ encyclical inspires the Laudato Si’ Project in Wisconsin

On any given weekend around the Milwaukee area, you can find a group of Catholics out along hiking trails, taking part in conservation projects or, in the case of a recent excursion, tapping trees to make maple syrup.

The activities are arranged by the Laudato Si’ Project, a local nonprofit inspired by “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical on the environment and human ecology. The project was formed by Marquette University High School science teacher Joe Meyer.

Xavier Jesuit School Vegetable Garden Thriving

The 2017-2018 academic school year began just over a month ago at the Xavier Jesuit School in Sisophon Cambodia. This year, we welcomed two more Grade 7 classes on top of the Grade 8 class to our secondary school. The school year began on the 16th of October 2017 and as part of the curriculum, each high school grade has two hours of Agriculture Classes a week scheduled into their weekly time-table.

It has only been just over a month and the vegetable garden is thriving. They are almost readied for harvesting. Each class is assigned three to four rows of garden-bed and they get to plant the vegetables and herbs of their choice.

PROYECTO AMBIENTAL ESCOLAR (P.R.A.E)

Somos un grupo de profesores del Colegio San José que tiene una sensibilidad especial por el cuidado de la Creación y que busca vivir en mayor armonía con el medio ambiente. Sentimos el desafío de compartir con el resto de la comunidad educativa este sentir ecológico y el mensaje de cuidado y amor por nuestra casa común (en palabras del Papa Francisco en su encíclica Laudato Sî).