2022 Earth Day Webinar

Integral Ecology: The Bond Between Justice and Caring for Creation

April 14, 2022
1 – 2 p.m. ET
As we recognize Earth Day this year, we see a planet in peril. Recent scientific reports find the impacts of climate change are more destructive and occurring sooner than previously assessed, with the burden falling mostly on those who contributed the least to the ecological crisis. Environmental advocates are calling for swift action, focusing on critical technical solutions that reduce carbon emissions, promote renewable energy and reduce pollution.

But as Pope Francis lays out in Laudato Si’, his encyclical calling on all to address the environmental crisis, truly just and sustainable solutions must be rooted in an integral ecology. He writes, "Recognizing the reasons why a given area is polluted requires a study of the workings of society, its economy, its behavior patterns, and the ways it grasps reality … Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature." (LS 139)

In this webinar, Cristina Vanin, Ph.D., will explain the meaning and significance of the concept of integral ecology for shaping our response to the climate crisis. How does a commitment to an integral ecology challenge our deeply entrenched, often unequal and exploitative, economic and social systems? What changes are we willing to make to move towards an integral ecology and ensure the health of our common home for future generations?


Christina_Vanin_225x225Christina Vanin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Theology
Director, Master of Catholic Thought
St. Jerome’s University
Waterloo, Ontario

Cristina Vanin, Ph.D. is an associate professor of theology and director of the Master of Catholic Thought theology program at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo, Ontario. Her research is focused on examining the role that theology can have in helping us respond adequately to the ecological crisis. She has been influenced by the thought of Thomas Berry and Bernard Lonergan.

Dr. Vanin’s recent publications include: “The Relevance of Thomas Berry for 21st-Century Catholicity,” in Religions 2021; “Ecological Conversion, Healing, and the Integral Ecology of Laudato Si,’” in Everything is Interconnected: Towards a Globalization with a Human Face and An Integral Ecology, edited by Joseph Ogbonnaya and Lucas Briola, 2019; “Ecological Transformation through Attentiveness and Intimacy,” in Encountering Earth: Thinking Theologically With a More-Than-Human World, edited by Trevor Bechtel, Matthew Eaton, and Timothy Harvie, 2018; “Care and Compassion: The Need for an Integral Ecology,” in Ecotheology and Nonhuman Ethics in Society: A Community of Compassion, edited by Melissa J. Brotton, Lexington Books, 2017; and “Ecological Conversion: What Does It Mean?” in Theological Studies, 2016, co-written with Neil Ormerod.

She received a bachelor of arts degree from St. Jerome’s University, her master of divinity degree from the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto, and her doctorate degree in theology from Boston College.

Who Should Attend?

This webinar is relevant for:

  • Environmental Sustainability Leaders
  • Green Team members
  • Trustees
  • Sponsors
  • CEOs COOs
  • Mission/Formation Leaders
  • Ethicists
  • Community Health/Community Benefit
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leaders
  • Advocacy Leaders
  • Investment Portfolio Managers
  • Global Health

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