Catholic Social Teaching and Climate Change

Friday, April 7, 2017
3 - 4 p.m. ET

Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si, Care for our Common Home, is an inspirational document, a practical document and an advocacy document, but first and foremost, it is an ethical document. This webinar will explain how the encyclical is grounded in social justice and how Pope Francis uses it to call for changes in attitudes, culture and behavior in order to act on behalf of the poor, the earth, our children and the future.

Speaker Tony Annett, a climate change and sustainable development advisor at Columbia University's Center for Sustainable Development and Religions for Peace, will explain how the encyclical suggests that our responsibilities extend across time as well as space, and that they include the entirety of creation. "Laudato Si' ;thus develops a broader notion of solidarity — solidarity not only within generations, but also, between generations and solidarity not only with our fellow human beings, but with the whole earth and all its creatures," he explained in an article published in Commonweal on Aug. 14, 2015.


Tony AnnettTony Annett, Ph.D.
Climate Change and Sustainable Development Advisor
Earth Institute, Columbia University

Tony Annett is a climate change and sustainable development advisor at the Earth Institute, Columbia University. Working closely with Religions for Peace, he leads the Earth Institute's initiative to strengthen the engagement of the world's religious communities in the climate change and sustainable development agenda. An economist by training, his work centers on the intersection of ethics, religion and sustainable development. He is also a specialist in Catholic social teaching. In that capacity, he works with the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, especially in the context of Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si.

Dr. Annett spent 16 years at the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C., with stints in the European, Fiscal Affairs and Communications departments. In this role, he worked as an economist in a variety of countries and regions – including Bulgaria, Ghana, Euro Area, Iceland, Jordan, Poland, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Uganda and the United Kingdom. Most recently, he worked for five years as speechwriter to two successive managing directors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Christine Lagarde.

He received his bachelor of arts degree (First Class Honors, Gold Medal) from Trinity College in Dublin in 1991, his master of literature degree from Trinity College in Dublin in 1993, and his doctorate degree in economics from Columbia University in 1998. He is also a Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a papal order of chivalry.

Who Should Attend?

This webinar will be relevant for sustainability leaders, green team members, operations leaders, public health, and anyone who interesting in environmental stewardship and sustainability.


At the completion of the April 7 webinar, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe how Laudato Si speaks to the values of concern for the poor, human dignity, the common good and solidarity.
  • Identify ways the people of Catholic health care can address climate change by responding to the Pope's message.

Certificate of Attendance

Please note CHA does not offer Continuing Education Units (CEU) for any programs. Participants will receive an email with information on how to acquire a Certificate of Attendance following the program (typically included in the program evaluation email). Certificates of Attendance may be submitted to relevant organizations that accept proof of contact hours as credit. These include:

American College of Healthcare Executives: American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) members may self-report qualifying CEUs using the contact hour information provided on their CHA Certificate of Attendance. To self-report, log in as a member on the ACHE site; use the link on the left-hand side to self-report applicable contact hours for CEU credit.

NACC Board Certified Chaplains: National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) board certified chaplain members may self-report their continuing education hours (CEH's) using the contact hours information provided on their CHA Certificate of Attendance

For further information regarding Certificates of Attendance, please contact Danette Thompson, (314) 253-3408.

Participant / Site Coordinator Role

Participant/Site Coordinator Role
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Can't Participate in the Live Event?

If your schedule doesn't permit you to participate in the live event, please register (FREE for CHA members and VHA members) so that you will automatically receive a link to the archived version of the webinar.


For more information contact the CHA Service Center or Julie Trocchio, CHA senior director of mission integration and leadership formation.