Caring For Our Common HomeA Way of Proceeding

Students

“Young people demand change. They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded” (LS 13)

“I would say that the emergence of the ecological movement… was and continues to be a cry for fresh air which must not be ignored or pushed aside, just because too much of it is seen to be irrational. Young people had come to realize that something is wrong in our relationship with nature, that matter is not just raw material for us to shape at will, but that the earth has a dignity of its own and that we must follow its directives.” (Benedict XVI, Visit to the Bundstag, 2011)

As students of today, builders of the present and the future, we often feel deeply dissatisfied with the dynamics that society has built, in how the earth, our common home, and all her inhabitants are treated. As the youth of this world, we are sensitive and close to the realities of an interconnected world, a world into which we were born, aware of the power that our life and actions can have. Our hearts call us to take action and to build deep and lasting relationships with earth and all of creation through simplicity, love, and justice. With this vision of a whole planet, we are convinced and hopeful to transform our ways of life boldly and creatively. We seek to actively engage in leading stewardship in our school and local community.

Reflection

  • As students, do we make time in school, in classes, clubs, assemblies, prayer, worship, and activities, to discern together our relationship with our common home?
  • What is our faith asking us to do to protect creation?
  • How does our school journey with us in positive and active ecological transformation?

Action

  • As students, identify the impact our daily actions, attitudes, and habits have on protecting the environment.
  • Act together to influence the school culture to take a more conscious and active stand in protecting our common home.
  • Ask the school to support you in generating spaces for reflection and to nurture a love for nature.