This year, the theme for Earth Day is ‘Restore our Earth’. The theme is based on the emerging concept that rejects the idea that our only options to save the planet are to mitigate or adapt to the impacts of climate change and other environmental damage. Instead, restoration focuses on the pragmatic and necessary actions we can take to reduce climate change and spread hope. This ties in with the Universal Apostolic Preference “to accompany the young in the creation of a hope-filled future”.
We know that young people in Jesuit schools across the globe are caring for our common home in so many different, creative and inspiring ways through little daily actions and through bigger projects and programs. We are constantly amazed at the work being done by you and other members in our global community and would love to give students a chance to share the daily actions they are taking and the environmental projects they are working on with their peers in other Jesuit schools.
To do this we will be facilitating two Connected Classes on Earth Day, April 22nd. These Connected Classes will be an opportunity for your students to participate in a live video connection to share with and learn from other students.
The first Connected Class will take place at 8am GMT through English and the second Connected Class will take place at 3pm GMT through Spanish. If you would like to participate but can’t connect with your students at these times, we invite your students to present the ways in which they are caring for our common home through a short video or through an article of 500-800 words with 3-5 pictures to accompany it. These articles and videos will then be shared with the global community to help inspire schools around the world to find new ways in which they can continue caring for our common home.
Register your interest to participate by following this link and clicking ‘Join’ on the top right.
Please let us know in the comments below if you have any questions and we will be happy to answer them.
We look forward to strengthening our commitment to care for our common home and work towards the creation of a hope-filled future together!
Education in environmental responsibility can encourage ways of acting which directly and significantly affect the world around us, such as avoiding the use of plastic and paper, reducing water consumption, separating refuse, cooking only what can reasonably be consumed, showing care for other living beings, using public transport or car-pooling, planting trees, turning off unnecessary lights, or any number of other practices. All of these reflect a generous and worthy creativity which brings out the best in human beings. Reusing something instead of immediately discarding it, when done for the right reasons, can be an act of love which expresses our own dignity”. Laudato Si’ Pope Francis