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Former U.N. official addresses climate change at conference co-hosted by Creighton

Jun 20, 2023
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Laudato Si and the US Catholic Church

Christiana Figueres, the United Nations official who brokered the Paris Agreement, the 2015 international treaty on climate change, delivered the keynote address at the June 14 opening of the “Laudato Sí and the U.S. Catholic Church” virtual conference co-hosted by Creighton and the Catholic Climate Covenant.
Creighton has co-hosted the biennial conference with the Catholic Climate Covenant since 2019. More than 2,200 people have already registered for this year’s conference, and registration remains open.  
Figueres called on the U.S. Catholic Church to commit to zero emissions by 2040 as an institution. Achieving carbon neutrality is one of the goals of the Laudato Sí Action Platform, which Creighton has signed, along with nearly 1,700 other U.S.-based Catholic institutions and individuals.

  • Read more about Figueres’ address in the National Catholic Reporter, or view a video recording of the opening session on YouTube.
  • Register to attend “Laudato Sí and the U.S. Catholic Church” conference, which continues through July, with virtual 90-minute sessions on the goals of the Vatican’s Laudato Sí Action Platform. Learn more and register.
  • Dan DiLeo, PhD, associate professor and director of the Justice and Peace Studies Program at Creighton, was interviewed by the Nebraska Examiner about this topic for a story that was published on June 19. Read the story.

More Creighton Resources

  • Read more about the Sustainable Creighton Initiative, Creighton’s comprehensive strategy and commitment to better care for our common home.
  • Visit the Sustainable Creighton website to learn more about how to get involved, academic courses and operational efforts related to campus sustainability.
  • The Creighton community is invited to attend this fall’s Mission Week events, Aug. 25-31, which will focus on the fourth Universal Apostolic Preference of the Jesuits: Caring for Our Common Home. Faculty and staff can watch for more information to come in Creighton Today.