Young Catholics and Climate Change: Living Laudato Si’
The climate crisis is a global challenge threatening both the natural world and the poor around the world. In the United States and in other nations, young people are leading the response to “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” through social movements, organizing efforts, policy initiatives, and other creative, collaborative approaches to help address climate change. Many Catholics and other young people of faith are at the center of these efforts. Catholic social thought—from scripture and the Gospels to Church teaching from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis—offers a framework to “care for our common home.”
This Salt and Light Gathering will bring together a young adult leader from Catholic Climate Covenant, a community organizer in Louisiana’s “cancer alley,” an academic who co-authored a study on U.S. Catholic bishops’ silence on climate change, and a theologian from Brazil who is part of Laudato Si’ Movement to explore these and other questions:
- How do Pope Francis and Laudato Si’ challenge younger generations to act on climate change and to “care for our common home”?
- How has the faith community in the United States responded to Pope Francis’ call “to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor”: to connect climate justice, racial justice, and economic justice? What needs to be done to make these connections stronger?
- How do young Catholics respond to climate change? What are the challenges, frustrations, and successes of faith-based climate justice work?
- How can Catholic social thought guide our actions on climate change as a moral test, scientific reality, and policy challenge?
- Daniel DiLeo is a theologian, associate professor and director of the justice and peace studies program at Creighton University. His research focuses on Catholic social teaching, climate change, and Laudato Si’. He is the co-author of a 2021 study on U.S. Catholic bishops’ silence and denial on climate change.
- Sharon Lavigne is the 2021 Goldman Prize for North America recipient and the 2022 Laetare Medal recipient from the University of Notre Dame. She leads Rise St. James, a faith-based grassroots organization that fights for environmental justice in St. James Parish, Louisiana.
- Suzana Moreira is a theologian based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the coordinator of eco-conversion programs for Laudato Si’ Movement, which seeks to inspire and mobilize the Catholic community to care for our common home and achieve climate and ecological justice.
- Anna Robertson is the director of youth and young adult mobilization at Catholic Climate Covenant which inspires and equips people and institutions to care for creation and care for the poor. Previously, Anna was a campus minister at Seattle University and accompanied college students on international immersion experiences in Latin America.
Anna Gordon, project manager of the Initiative, will moderate the conversation.
All who have RSVP’d will receive an email with instructions on how to join the livestream.
This Salt and Light Gathering is for young Catholics under 40 to explore links between faith, Catholic social thought, and their lives and work.
This dialogue will be live-captioned. Accommodation requests should be sent to email@example.com by April 26. A good-faith effort will be made to fulfill requests.