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LIM presents climate change webinar

February 3, 2012

The Loyola Institute for Ministry features “Catholics and the Climate: Fostering Mission-Based Sustainability,” a unique webinar presented by Bishop Emeritus William Skylstad, former president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. To view the webinar, enter as a guest and simply type your name. Viewers logging in early will not be permitted entrance until the start time.

Skylstad will address the centrality of creation for Catholics, the importance of environmental sustainability and the link between sustainability and mission for Catholic institutions. The coalition will share its new collaborative resource, “Sustainability in Catholic Higher Education Toolkit for Mission Integration.” Some of the resources include the creation of 24 Catholic Climate Control Ambassadors who will make presentations across the country about Catholic teaching on climate change. A curriculum has also been designed to help teens link their instincts to recycle with ancient teachings about care for creation, as well as the care for poor people most impacted by environmental harm.

“Climate change is an issue that is going to be with us for a long time,” said LIM Director Tom Ryan, Ph.D. “It’s important that as Catholics, we understand exactly what climate change is and how it fits into our own personal faith. The information presented in this webinar is designed to help explain a scientific issue from a Catholic point of view.”

Dan DiLeo, project manager of the coalition and principal author of the toolkit, will discuss the project and its implications for higher education, Catholic institutions as a whole and individual Catholics. For more information about the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change Toolkit or the webinar, contact Eileen Chapoton at chapoton@loyno.edu or 504-865-2109.

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