A 7 YEAR JOURNEY
guidebook towards integral ecology

Pope Francis’ 7-Year Journey Towards Integral Ecology puts his landmark encyclical, Laudato Si‘, into actionFamilies, dioceses, schools, universities, hospitals, business, religious orders, and community organizations are now challenged to do the magis–the more–to heal the Earth.

University Pathways is the guidebook for colleges and universities taking up the challenge.*

THE JOURNEY

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YEAR 1

A university makes a good faith commitment to the 7-Year Journey and forms a group of faculty, students, administrators, and staff who create a Laudato Si’ Action Plan that integrally advances each of Pope Francis’ 7 Laudato Si’ Goals.  

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YEAR 2-6

A university implements, assesses, and adjusts its Action Plan as needed. It  annually reports progress to the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

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YEAR 7

A university celebrates its  accomplishment and receives formal recognition from the Vatican as a Laudato Si’ University.

THE LAUDATO SI' GOALS

Pope Francis 7 Laudato Si’ Goals

Response to the
Cry of the Earth

Response to the
Cry of the Poor

Ecological Economics

Sustainable Lifestyles

Ecological
Education

Ecological
Spirituality

Community Engagement & Participatory Action

ADDED VALUE

Enrich Programs

Further enrich a university’s ecological and social actions by linking them in a shared vision where the efforts of one action for sustainability is necessarily linked to the efforts of all other actions.

Bolster Actions

Bolster existing and new transformative nonviolent actions that advance Pope Francis’ 7 Laudato Si’ Goals.

New Opportunities

Create opportunities for ecological conversion that opens minds and hearts to the sacred task of caring for our common home.

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Global partnership

Join a global partnership of universities striving together to do the magis in healing the Earth and human society.

TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY

TO DISCOVER...

new, transformative nonviolent ecological actions that deepen a university's dedication to heal the earth and human society.

AND SHARE...

more of a university's ecological actions with the global community of universities.

*Throughout this guidebook, ‘universities’ is used as the general term for colleges, universities, and other organizations affiliated with the work of postsecondary education.

AN INVITATION:

SHOWCASE YOUR CURRENT UNIVERSITY INITIATIVES

. . . and student voices for ecological action

Send your current university videos, photo stories, and student voices to ijep@luc.edu