Laudato Si' in Schools
The schoolyard and classroom play an important role in nurturing core ecological values. Environmental education is particularly vital, as it shapes how our younger generation care for our common home.
In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis highlights the important role that education plays:
There is a nobility in the duty to care for creation through little daily actions, and it is wonderful how education can bring about real changes in lifestyle. Education in environmental responsibility can encourage ways of acting which directly and significantly affect the world around us, such as avoiding the use of plastic and paper, reducing water consumption, separating refuse, cooking only what can reasonably be consumed, showing care for other living beings, using public transport or car-pooling, planting trees, turning off unnecessary lights, or any number of other practices. (211)
Here at Catholic Earthcare we have developed many educational resources to enable schools to care for creation. We can also suggest actions schools can take at a local and a global level.