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University Students Put Integral Ecology in Action

Posted June 17, 2022

There is a beautiful and inspiring ecological movement happening in colleges and universities around the world.

More and more students are taking seriously Pope Francis’ call toward sustainability in the spirit of integral ecology. One such university student, Daniela Mirand, is putting a plan of action into place in Response to the Cry of the Poor, one of the seven Laudato Si’ Goals.

“There are many people out there who need our help, who are hurt, and who should not be forgotten in this journey,” urges Daniela. “Our commitment with vulnerable communities will help us move forward in the journey towards integral ecology, which requires us to open our hearts and lend a hand.”

It is our great joy to share with you how Daniela is turning passion into action in Response to the Cry of the Poor.

Response to the Cry of the Poor, by Daniela Mirand

Eco-minded students like Daniela are beacons of light on the paths of their fellow students who will follow their examples at universities around the world for years to come.

You can access all the heartfelt and engaging University Pathways student videos about their Response to the Cry of the Poor and other Laudato Si’ Goals here.

These videos have been generously created and shared by Michael Schuck, Professor of Christian Ethics in the Theology Department at Loyola University Chicago, director of the University Pathways website, and the leader of the universities working group of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform.

To join this international community of universities, simply contact University Pathways. Your unique ideas, experiences, and contributions will become part of a precious tapestry that sustains us over the long term.

We also warmly invite you to visit the Laudato Si’ Plans page often, as institutions, communities, families, and individuals continue to upload new plans—concrete examples you can incorporate into your own plan of action or to reflect upon throughout your journey towards total sustainability in the spirit of Laudato Si’.

“Everyone’s talents and involvement are needed” to protect our common home. We humbly pray for you and for all university students like Daniela who are shining examples of integral ecology in action. (Laudato Si’, 14)