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Poverty and the Environment

Poverty is an ecological problem. Although degradation of the environment affects all human populations, it hits those living in poverty the hardest, says Catherine Devitt. Since the first observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17th October 1987, the signs of a worsening global environment have become consistently visible: record breaking temperatures, diminishing ice cover and rising sea levels, collapsing biodiversity, and increased extreme weather events. The deterioration of nature diminishes access to water and food, negatively undermines human health and wellbeing, and impacts on the ability of vulnerable populations to sustain livelihoods, and cope and adapt to climate extremes.

University of San Francisco co-hosts “Living Laudato Si’ through Climate Action” with the Global Catholic Climate Movement

The University of San Francisco (USF), together with Global Catholic Climate Movement, co-hosted “Living Laudato Si’ Through Climate Action” on Friday, September 14 at the University of San Francisco. An official Affiliate Event of the Global Climate Action Summit, the event featured a panel discussion and in-depth workshops on what the Catholic Church has done so far to reduce its environmental impact and support care for creation. The event also discussed how Catholic institutions can continue to make greater changes in their own institutions and push for policy and economic change to limit global warming, helping to protect creation and the poor and vulnerable.

Rediscovering the European Common Good

This two days session will take place in September 21-23 in the Spiritual Centre “La Pairelle”, close to Namur. The debates will be led by experts, including members of the EU institutions and religious organizations, and fostered by participants’ intervention. In the discussion panels, three main areas that represent a challenge for the present and future of the European Union will be covered: migration flows, integral ecology and cultural challenges within the EU.

USF to Host Global Climate Summit

Gov. Jerry Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit is coming to USF Sept. 11–14.

The summit will bring scientists and leaders from around the world to the campus and San Francisco to discuss how nations, states, businesses, and other groups can combat climate change. Co-organized by Brown, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and others, the summit aims to inspire worldwide resolve to take action.

Teaching with UN Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations has promulgated 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) that relate to many different aspects of sustainability. For example: Good Health and Well-being; Quality Education; Clean Water and Sanitation; Climate Action; Partnerships for the Goals.
This event will be a workshop for faculty to familiarize them with the goals and engage them in including the UN Sustainable Development Goals in their curriculum.

Volunteer Opportunity with EcoPledge and 4 Oceans!

Join EcoPledge volunteers on Saturday, September 15th from 9:00-11:00 am as we head to Revere Beach in Massachussetts to work with members of 4 Oceans to clean up the coast. 4 Oceans is a US-based and sustainably focused jewlery company that is celebrating International Oceans Day with volunteers like you to keep pur coastal environments clean. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Stevie Walker of EcopPledge at