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Climate Conference

As an institution grounded in the Order of Pope Francis, the Jesuits, Santa Clara University will be dedicating the 2015–16 year to reflecting on the encyclical, as well as on lessons from Pope Francis's historic visit to the United States, Sept. 22–27. 

"Our Future on a Shared Planet: Silicon Valley in Conversation with the Environmental Teachings of Pope Francis" is a conference sponsored by Santa Clara University open to the campus and to the surrounding community in the Bay Area and beyond. In June, Pope Francis released the encyclical called "Laudato Si" ("Praised Be") on the environment and the global challenge of climate change. The document is unprecedented in the long history of Catholicism and offers a rich opportunity to create a dialogue among many actors (religious, scientific, economic, business, political, and more) around one of the great issues of our time.

Sponsored by the President's Office at Santa Clara University in collaboration with many units and departments across campus.

Conference Presentations


Keynote Address

Cardinal Turkson

Fighting Climate Change: A New Alliance Between Science, Religion & Policy
Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan

Public Policy and the Environmental Teachings of Pope Francis
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo

Securing the Well-Being of People and Nature: A Reflection on Laudato Si
Gretchen Daily

Encyclical and the Market

John Denniston

Santa Clara University and the Challenge of Ecological Citizenship
Panel of SCU Faculty and Student

Multi-faith Dialogue with Cardinal Turkson

America Media

"Top 10 Things You Need to Know about Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’"
by James Martin, SJ
Laudato Si’ read by poet Frank Blissett
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"The Theologians Respond: Laudato Si"
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"The Biblical Roots of Catholic Social Teaching"
by Meghan Clark, Associate Professor, St John’s University
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"'Green Encyclical' goes to U.N."
Cardinal Peter Turkson’s addresses the United Nations
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Word On Fire

Fr. Barron on Pope Francis' Encyclical "Laudato Si"

Climate Refugees

2010 documentary by Michael Nash
Summary: Climate Refugees is a documentary that was 3 years in the making and covered 48 countries. The multi-award winning Sundance film has screened around the world illuminating the human face of climatic change to global citizens, governments, churches, The US Senate and House, Pentagon, The Vatican, International governments, DAVOS, Harvard University, Oxford, MIT, Stanford.
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Keynote Address - Full Transcript

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