About Environmental Justice
Environmental Justice addresses environmental issues through the Catholic Social Teaching lens. In this mini-course, students will understand the gift of Creation, how Creation is connected, and how, as shared users of this common home, we can be champions for not only the environment, but for our brothers and sisters who are suffering as a result of the environment in which they live.
Pope Francis calls all of humanity to care for and protect planet Earth, our common home. This dynamic eLearning mini-course awakens students to the miracles of God’s creation connecting and sustaining life, as well as the realities of how our planet is suffering from many serious environmental problems. Students experiencing these six lessons will learn why this global crisis impacts everyone and gain practical and spiritual strategies to be champions of creation.
Key topics include:
- Thanksgiving for creation
- Awareness of our dependency on creation – a major theme is Everything is Connected
- Nature can’t wait – creation is in crisis due to waste, pollution, loss of biodiversity, water poverty, and climate change
- Nature is endangered and our future is jeopardized by waste, pollution, loss of biodiversity, water poverty, and climate change
- Inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’
- Features famous champions of creation such as John Muir, Rachel Carson, Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, and Saint Francis
- The responsibility to care for vulnerable populations who are most impacted by environmental threats & damage
- Need to Replace linear economy with circular economy which is more like how nature works
- A spiritual approach to reshaping our world view
- Hope: change is possible – it’s not too late!
- Ecological citizenship – we each have gifts and talents that can heal and protect our common home
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Self-study or Group Learning
This faith-based exploration of the world’s environmental crisis invites self-reflection and sharing through the interactive activities like polls, responses, and visual sharing.
Caring for God’s creation is an essential dimension the Catholic faith. Real life stories convey the reality that our planet is in crisis. Scripture and prayer reshape our world view and motivate for change.
Make a Difference
Activities help students become more aware of how our individual and collective actions impact the natural environment and the future of our planet. Along the way, students meet champions of creation who show us how to change our thinking and behaving to impact the earth in positive ways. These models of stewardship offer hope and encourage others to protect our common home.
Learning Styles & Personality Types
A combination of individual and optional group projects has been designed within the Environmental Justice by our instructional designers. The designers understand what helps students to engage more comfortably and our digital platform welcomes a deeper understanding and social sharing, by removing social pressures. To learn more, go to the experience page.
Environmental Justice Course Platform
Our eLearning platform has tools and progress review easily accessible and usable. The effortless platform makes room for higher-quality interactions with the curriculum and your classroom. To discover more about platform features and tools, go to the classroom page.