Presidents of US Jesuit universities signed on to We Are Still In, an open letter to the international community and parties to the Paris Agreement from 1,200 mayors, governors, college and university leaders, businesses, and investors in the US who are joining forces for the first time and declaring their continuing support to climate action to meet the Paris Agreement.
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The Ignatian Solidarity Network and the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States worked collaboratively to create a listing of how Jesuit ministries responded to Laudato si’ since its release last year). Jesuit institutions are taking stock of their response to the pope’s rallying cry to care for our common home and every higher education institution in the US is included along with many secondary schools, parishes, and social ministries.
In his groundbreaking encyclical entitled Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis called on all of humanity to change how we care for the Earth, our “common home.” As the one-year anniversary of the encyclical’s release is celebrated, Jesuit institutions are rising to the challenge, taking the message of the first Jesuit pope to heart.
Join high schools in the Ignatian network in bringing Laudato Si’ to life in our classrooms and institutions. Created by a team of theology and science teachers, the Ignatian Carbon Challenge invites both individuals and institutions to address climate change and environmental justice through a series of monthly challenges.
Together, the Ignatian network has the opportunity to make more sustainable choices that create healthier individuals, communities, and a healthier planet.
Are you ready to take the challenge?
Jesuit Institutions Across the U.S. Uniting in Prayer in Support of Pope Francis’s Encyclical on Climate Change
Jesuit institutions across the country will be uniting in prayer today (Thursday, June 18, 2015) in support of Pope Francis’s encyclical on climate change entitled “Laudato Si’: On the Care of Our Common Home.” This nationwide call to prayer is being coordinated by the Ignatian Solidarity Network, a national social justice education and advocacy organization that partners with institutions sponsored by the Jesuits and other Catholic and faith-based partners.
We call on U.S. policymakers to support the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and collaborate with international leaders to develop and implement a future global climate agreement that promotes sustainable international environmental standards. Further, we ask the U.S. to invest in multilateral funds to build climate resiliency of vulnerable communities in our nation and worldwide, and develop new jobs in sustainable industries like energy efficiency and green infrastructure.