The Global Catholic Climate Movement presents a course about the Laudato Si’ encyclical that produced by Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Religions for Peace, in partnership with the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. The encyclical offers an vision on integral ecology, both human and natural, that has important implications for many fields of human activity, medical practice included.
For the full text of the Laudato Si’ encyclical and more education resources, visit the Encyclical resources of the Global Catholic Climate Movement.
If you want to showcase this course in an educational event in your parish or elsewhere, you could use this YouTube playlist.
Chapter I: Pope Francis & the Encyclical (duration: 16m 19s)
Presented by Cardinal Turkson
Cardinal Turkson is a Ghanaian cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He is president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace since his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI on 24 October 2009. Cardinal Turkson is one of the primary architects of the Laudato Si’ and has served as the public face of Pope Francis’ position on human-induced climate change.
Chapter II: On Care for Our Common Home (duration: 18m 43s)
Presented by Professor Jeffrey Sachs
Professor Jeffrey Sachs is the Director of the Earth Institute, Director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals. He has authored three New York Times bestsellers, and leads several other SDSNedu courses, most notably ‘The Age of Sustainable Development’.
Chapter III: Theology, Philosophy & the Encyclical (duration: 22m 30s)
Presented by Bishop Marcelo Sachez Sorondo
Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo is an Argentine Catholic Bishop and the current Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, based at the Vatican. Having issued various publications in the sciences, Bishop Sorondo has also earned a number of honors, including the Legion d’Honneur of France in 2000.
Chapter IV: Human Roots of the Ecological Crisis (duration: 27m 12s)
Presented by Dr. Anthony Annett
Anthony Annett is a Climate Change and Sustainable Development Advisor at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Working closely with Religions for Peace, he leads the institute’s initiative to strengthen the engagement of the world’s religious communities in the climate change and sustainable development agenda.
Chapter V: Global, National & Local Solutions (duration: 21m 42s)
Presented by Professor Jeffrey Sachs
Professor Jeffrey Sachs is the Director of the Earth Institute, Director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals. He has authored three New York Times bestsellers, and leads several other SDSNedu courses, most notably The Age of Sustainable Development.
Chapter VI: International Ecological Conversion (duration: 31m 32s)
Presented by Dr. William Vendley
Dr. William Vendley is the Secretary General of Religions for Peace International, the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition advancing common action for peace by working to advance multi-religious consensus on positive aspects of peace as well as concrete actions to stop war, help eliminate poverty, and protect the earth. He is a member of its World Council, which consists of 60 senior religious leaders from all continents.
Additional resources and guides
- Discussion guide to Laudato Si’ (by USCCB)
- “A readers’ guide to Laudato Si” (by Fr. Thomas Reese SJ)
- Study Guide for Laudato Si’ (by Interfranciscan Commission for JPIC)
- Press Guide to Laudato Si’ (by Vatican Radio)
- Laudato Si’ Teaching Module and Student Handout (by Santa Clara University)
- Key quotes from the encyclical (by CCC)
- “Laudato Si’ Study & Action Guide” (by Columban Center)
- Statement of our Global Catholic Climate Movement
- Vatican conference announcing the encyclical release
- Background on Catholic Teachings on Climate Change