SSJ Earth Center Outreach Programs
Opportunities for Teachers:
A special program for addressing the whole school and sustainability is available from the SSJ Earth Center. “Systemically Sustainable Schools” invites a school to look at all the ways it could lighten its carbon footprint. Pope Benedict XVI has called us to action to reduce our carbon footprint and to look at how our use of energy is affecting those who are most vulnerable.
The SSJ Earth Center offers programs suitable for faculty in-service days, retreat days, and assembly programs on the topics of Care for Creation, Environmental Justice, Water, Climate Change, Spirituality and Sustainability and more. If you would like a program to be offered in your school, contact Sister Mary Elizabeth Clark at email@example.com for more information.
*The S.S.J. Earth Center provides PA Act 48 credit hours for teachers.
Opportunities for Students:
The Catholic Community is embarking on a journey of discovery, opening ourselves to the possibility of transformation, through study, prayer and action on climate change through the help of the Catholic Coalition for Climate Change. Sister Mary Elizabeth Clark, SSJ, director of the Sisters of Saint Joseph Earth Center offers a range of presentations available for elementary school faculties. Sister’s presentation can be adapted for a retreat day, faculty in-service day or faculty meeting. Sister is willing to provide a program suitable for junior high assembly or parent/teacher meeting. Some topics offered are
- Precious Water: Fragile Systems
- The Catholic Faith and Earth Care
- Care for Creation and Practical Steps to Reduce My Carbon Footprint
- A Series on How to Become a More Sustainable Catholic School
You are encouraged to invite Sister Mary Elizabeth Clark, SSJ (firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-248-7289) to a conversation about how she might serve you best.
How will we as a Catholic School Community make a difference in the carbon footprint for the school?
It has been said that the average U.S. citizen now uses more than three whole Planet Earths with the present U.S. lifestyle. Those in places affected by global warming are the people who are poor and most vulnerable. As Catholics, we have a relationship to our brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ. So, what if we launched an effort to reduce the carbon footprint of our school by 50%? What are the steps we need to take from a systemic or whole school approach? How would each area, grade, department or section of the school respond? Do we know what the effect of our present actions are on the Planet?