Laudato Si’ and Education

Environment is Relationship

Laudato Si’ placed the environment and the poor at the center of climate change and sustainable human development discussions. Land use change and the planetary boundaries – as experienced locally – are the basis for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) serving local needs along with greater economic inclusion.

How can Laudato Si’ be used as an educational tool to transform attitudes about natural resources?  Join a lively dialogue with Jesuits and friends from around the world, from Micronesia to Central Africa, from India to Latin America.

13 November 2017, Monday, 8:30 – 12:00

Bonn – Bad Godesberg
Elisabethstr. 18
53177 Bonn


8.00 – Arrivals8.30 – Welcome by Martin Löwenstein SJ, Headmaster of the Aloisiuskolleg

8.35 – Welcome by Xavier Jeyaraj SJ, Social Justice & Ecology Secretariat, Rome

8.40 – Introducing the Dialogue – Pedro Walpole SJ, Ecojesuit Coordinator

8.45 – Keynote – Michael Garanzini SJ, Higher Education Secretariat, Rome

9.15 – Panel 1 – Laudato Si’ and food security


Andreas Carlgren, Newman Institute, Uppsala. Vice-chair of Stockholm Environment Institute. Former Minister for Environment (2006-2011), Sweden


1. Felix Löwenstein, BöLW (Organic farmer & Agronomist)

2. Nancy Tuchman, Institute of Environmental Sustainability (Loyola University Chicago)

3. François Delvaux, Food Sustainability Advocacy Officer, CIDSE, Brussels

4. Sylvia Miclat, Executive Director, Environmental Science for Social Change, Philippines

Open Forum (15 min)

10.15 – Exhibit viewing & networking, coffee break

10.45 – Panel 2 – Laudato Si’ and natural resources


Cecilia Calvo, Environmental Justice Advisor, Jesuit Conference of Canada and US


1. Pedro Landa, Equipo de Reflexión, Investigación y Comunicación, Honduras

2. Rigobert Minani SJ, Director, Jesuit Africa Social Centers Network

3. William Kostka, Executive Director, Micronesia Conservation Trust

4. Xavier Savarimuthu SJ, Green Educators Network, Saint Xavier’s College, Kolkata

5. Alicia Aleman Arrastio, Justice in Mining & Alboan, Bilbao

Open Forum (15 min)

11.45Closing Remarks – Klaus Vathröder SJ, Director, Jesuitenmission

12.00 – Light lunch at Aloisiuskolleg cafeteria

13.00 – 15.00 – Laudato Si’ Fair & Exhibition

This event is free and open to the public.  No prior registration required.

Contact: Henry Longbottom (