ecological education

Pope Francis’ Journey calls us to rethink and reform our university’s pedagogical structures and processes from the perspective of an integral ecology. How can we better raise ecological awareness, stimulate greater commitment to care for creation, and train for global environmental citizenship?

Providing foundational environmental knowledge is a basic necessity. How do we work toward ensuring that our university communities gain basic literacy in the environmental challenges of biodiversity loss, natural resource exhaustion, fossil fuel extraction, water shortage, food scarcity, and global climate change?

Techniques that integrate environmental knowledge across every discipline touch the very heart of Laudato Sí. How can we bring the concept of integral ecology into all aspects of our university education, reinforcing the connection between environmental and social justice?

Environmental ethics and spirituality should be touchstones of our ecological education.  How do we immerse our community into an environmental ethic that goes beyond identifying problems to constructing solutions? In what ways can we finally end our professorial tentativeness about spirituality and bring this essential dimension of human life into teaching across the disciplines?

We educate the whole person for service to the common good. How do we build interdisciplinary and hands-on instructional modules that draw on the realities facing our local communities? How do we foster within our administration, faculty, students, and staff a sense of belonging to a community that is both ready to receive and ready to offer an ecological education?

These LSG 5 outcomes and actions examples are ideas to trigger the imagination and incubate possibilities for your university’s own Laudato Si Action Plan. 


Patrick Bayu Seto Nugroho
Cornelia Norlen
Scholastica Susanti
Yodan Prahardian Riyandika

Valensia Anggia Putri
Rian Hidayat
Patricia Deta Adityasari
Emilia Anggia Restiana

Sanata Dharma University
Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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Utilize interdisciplinary online textbook in integral ecology Healing Earth; require course in environmental science; education in nonviolence; use Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change data.

Develop a concentration, major and/or minor in environmental studies/science, sustainability and nonviolence studies; create distance learning course in environmental science/studies.

Design courses linked to on-campus environmental problem-solving; create a distance learning course on Laudato Si’ principles through institutional partnerships. 

Create hands-on projects with environmental data gathering; discontinue research that supports weapons & war, as well as the fossil fuel industry; create open-access integral ecology library.

Support interdisciplinary environmental studies/science research projects; generate transdisciplinary research that effects nonviolent socio-ecological change.

Build environmental studies/science research partnerships with other universities; build an integral ecology research institute.

Organize an initial local environmental justice immersion for faculty, students, and staff.

Support community-based research on local eco-social problems.

Organize collaboration between local community-based research on an eco-social problem with an international community.

Establish a student award for achievement in environmental education; create biology/ecology study grants for students from underrepresented populations.

Create student research fellowships in environmental studies/science; offer student internships in local development projects.

Invite student participation in university programming decisions around environmental studies/science.

Organize an interdisciplinary group of faculty interested in environmental issues; ensure faculty are familiar with the local ecosystem.

Create opportunities for all faculty to be updated on contemporary environmental issues; offer eco-retreats.

Arrange funding support for environment-related faculty publication.

Create a campus-wide sustainability learning group of faculty, staff, and students.

Create a sustainability lecture series; build annual scholarly events around international Earth Day, Water Day, or Indigenous Peoples Day.

Organize a program of reconciliation for the university community, addressing the brutal legacies of colonialism in human communities and the natural world.

Organize a student environmental club; provide training workshops in nonviolent direct action for creation care.

Include environment-related careers in student counseling.

Establish student study abroad opportunities in environmental studies/science.