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.
We are a group of professors from the San José School that has a special sensitivity for the care of Creation and that seeks to live in greater harmony with the environment. We feel the challenge of sharing with the rest of the educational community this ecological feeling and the message of care and love for our common home (in the words of Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Sî). We have the challenge of establishing a general line of reflection and action, from the major projects developed by the School for the comprehensive training of its students, focused on the generation and dissemination of environmental awareness in our educational community.
The Ateneo de Davao University High School (AdDU-HS) unit was hailed as one of the recipients of the 2nd ASEAN Eco-School Award as part of the ASEAN Environment Year (AEY) 2015 celebration last July 29 to 30 at Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
AdDU-HS is the only secondary school in the Philippines to be given the award. Dubinan Elementary School of Santiago City, Isabela is primary school awardee. Held every three years, the AEY celebration showcases the ASEAN commitment to environmental protection and environmental education. Moreover, the 2nd ASEAN Eco-schools Award recognizes the exemplary efforts of the ten primary and secondary schools from ASEAN member states promoting environmental awareness in all aspects of education to the students and nearby communities.
As part of the Ateneo formation into men and women for others, students are taught to properly segregate waste, understand the workings of the environment, and reverence God’s creation.
Train students who occupy homes of the USAL to perform a comprehensive management of the waste they produce in their housing environments, so that they can be recycled or disposed of in authorized places. Also generate environmental awareness in each one, so that it is part of their behavior. Generate environmental awareness, so that now students and through the internalization of environmental behavior, transfer and maintain over time and in their professional activities, an awareness linked to the sustainability of the environment.
Natural and mineral resources provide abundance, providence, and the means with which to enhance our wellbeing and dignity. However, the negative impacts of exploitation of resources are borne mostly by the poor and vulnerable. There are also broader consequences for all of us.
Poor governance of resources results in environmental degradation, loss of forests, the deterioration of soil and biodiversity, and in water and air pollution. It leads to disease and destroys the livelihoods of communities, especially those that have traditionally developed a culture of sustainable resource management.