Today, we wanted to highlight the launch of the Gonzaga Center for Climate, Society, and the Environment.
From the center website:
In response to the threat of global warming — and as an expression of our Catholic, Jesuit, humanistic mission — Gonzaga University is launching the Gonzaga Center for Climate, Society, and the Environment. This new interdisciplinary academic center will serve Gonzaga students and our region by advancing innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship, teaching, consulting, and capacity-building.
The last third of the twentieth century witnessed a shift in Earth-human relations. The human species now threatens Earth’s capacity to sustain life as we know it. At this pivotal moment in history all fields of human inquiry are called upon to collaborate in what the eminent cultural historian Father Thomas Berry of Fordham University called the Great Work of our era: to transition from a period of human devastation of the Earth to a period of sustainable Earth-human relations. The Jesuit commitment to justice adds the insistence that such ecological sustainability be marked by environmental justice for the poor and the vulnerable and care for creation. As Pope Francis reminds us in Laudato Si’, “A great cultural, spiritual and educational challenge stands before us, and it will demand that we set out on the long path of renewal.”
To celebrate this new center, Gonzaga will be hosting a live online launch event on April 22 at 3:30pm PST.
Featured panelists include:
- Jay Inslee – Washington State Governor
- Bill McKibben – Founder, global climate action group 350.org
- Keya Chatterjee – Executive director, US Climate Action Network
Go here to register for the event.
The Gonzaga Center for Climate, Society, and the Environment also has a new YouTube channel: