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A Special, Virtual Critical Concerns Day

In Celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron of Ecologists

The Critical Concern for 2020–2021 is anti-racism. Critical Concerns Week, scheduled for March 18–24, 2021, will explore this theme, along with Earth, the theme of last year’s postponed Critical Concerns Week, as well as the practical intersections of both these concerns, environmental racism.

Schedule of Events

Monday, October 5, 2020

Combating Climate Change with a Jersey-Friendly Yard

What we do in our yards has a direct impact on the environment and our own health. Learn how native plants can help you reduce use of fertilizers and pesticides, conserve water, and create a much-needed habitat for wildlife in this prerecorded webinar by Karen Walzer, public outreach coordinator for the Barnegat Bay Partnership, and Becky Laboy, education outreach specialist for the Ocean County Soil Conservation District.

Film: The Biggest Little Farm

This celebrated 2018 American documentary film traces the development of a sustainable farm outside of Los Angeles. It chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature’s conflicts, the Chesters unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination.

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Pinelands History

Explore the New Jersey Pinelands and how this unique natural environment has shaped local history in this video presentation by Joel M. Mott, public programming specialist for the New Jersey Pinelands Commission.

Oil and the Environment

Learn about some of the greatest environmental disasters in modern history, how governments have responded, and why oil spills continue to be a threat to the environment in this video presentation by GCU student David Bartolini ’21, based on his work with Jake Lukenda ’20 and Natalija Dubrovina ’19.

LIVE Webinar: Nitrogen: Nutrient, Pollutant, and Harmful Algal Blooms in New Jersey

5:15–5:45 p.m.
Join us for this interactive Zoom webinar presented by Katja Luxem and John Tracey, Ph.D. candidates at Princeton University.

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Climate Reality/Clean Energy Future, 2050

What can you do to help your town and state to reach 100% clean energy by 2050? Learn specific actions that will yield the greatest greenhouse gas reductions, largely from changes made by individuals, households, and businesses. You’ll learn valuable concepts that you can apply to your households and work environments in this video presentation by Pat and Steve Miller, retired engineers from Bell Labs of New Jersey and members of the Climate Reality Project and the Jersey Shore Sierra Club.

St. Francis Program 2020

This program was created by Catholic Climate Covenant and is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. It is framed around St. Francis’s famous prayer, the Canticle of Creatures. It illuminates our journey from indifference to climate change, from political partisanship, to a place of healing through God, with each other and with Creation. The program offers ways to act, including learning more about our civic duties, pledging to vote, and ways to embrace the call to protect vulnerable communities, and God’s creation which sustains life.

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Video Reflection on Pope Francis’s Laudato Si’

In a short video produced by GCU Office of Campus Ministry, we prayerfully explore several themes from Pope Francis’s consequential second encyclical, Laudato si’, on the topic of “care for our common home.” In this letter, he speaks passionately about caring for the earth as a social justice issue.

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