Archive for Environmental Education

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.

Environmental Education for Action

After a decade long experience in environmental education, we felt the need to initiate an innovative environmental education program which develops leadership qualities for environmental protection. The program thus was designed and experimented as a pilot program in 2014 with 25 students at St. Joseph’s High school, Vadodara. We scaled up this program in a gradual manner every year and this year we have introduced it in eight schools situated at different parts of Gujarat.

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).

‘I want to encourage people to become sustainability leaders’

As a passionate volunteer for Concordia’s Waste Not, Want Not campaign, Annelies Coessens wants to demystify campus composting for students, faculty and staff. “There is so much work that goes into creating and maintaining this campaign,” says Coessens, #CUseenby Instagram curator for the month of April. “I’d like to get people involved and aware about what is happening at Concordia.”

Waste Not, Want Not launched in 2016. Since then, the number of public compost bins across campus has doubled and cafeterias have switched from garbage to compost waste disposal. The campaign also set up new composting kitchenettes and is largely responsible for increasing compost at events on campus.

GREEN SQUADRON IN ACTION

With great enthusiasm the students and professors of the second grade gave opening to the second interdisciplinary project of the degree called: “Green Squadron in action”, whose main objective is to promote the knowledge of the natural riches with which our country counts to establish commitments related to its protection, care and conservation “. The work will include a series of didactic and fun activities that will be developed from the different subjects such as a pedagogical exit to the Botanical Garden, a film session in the auditorium, artistic works, robotics projects and internet consultations, culminating with a Fair of the Biodiversity. It is hoped with this project to awaken the ecological conscience in all the members of the Claverian community in the fight for a better world.

The Principles of Agroecology: Towards Just, Resilient and Sustainable Food Systems

Agroecology is an encompassing concept related to the environmental, socio-cultural, economic and political spheres of our society. It involves a way of producing, distributing and consuming food as well as developing food policies that is mindful of concepts like equality, solidarity, democracy, empowerment and ecology.