Working to Fulfill Pope Francis’ Call to Unite in Care of our Common Home

The 2018 Saint Louis Climate Summit brings together some of the most authoritative minds in climate science, ecology, sustainable development, and related disciplines for three days of discussion on climate change. We will highlight key issues, celebrate notable achievements, and elucidate a path forward. The Climate Summit is a featured activity of Saint Louis University’s Bicentennial Celebration.



Below is a preliminary schedule for the Saint Louis Climate Summit and is subject to change.
Day 1
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Day 2
Monday, April 23, 2018
Day 3
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Registration and Check-in

Details coming soon.


The theme for Sunday is also the title of chapter two of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si, in which he refers to the conviction of believers and the rich contribution that religions can make towards an integral ecology and the full development of humanity.
Cardinal Peter Turkson

Showing of Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Before the Flood”

In this documentary, Leonardo DiCaprio explores the topic of climate change, and discovers what must be done today to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. The screening will be followed by a moderated panel discussion featuring students and faculty from Saint Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis. Students will share their experiences and insights from attending the 2017 United Nations Climate Conference (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany.


Dr. Peter Raven

Setting the Stage: Global Warming Observations, Predictions, and Policy

A review of the science of climate change: how to mitigate that change when possible and adapt to it when not.
Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan
Dr. Katharine Mach
Dr. Mario Molina
10:15 am - 10:45 am


Panel: Whole Earth Systems

The effects of the destruction of natural resources as a result of climate change on the functioning of the world and our economic models.
Dr. Michael Hanemann
Dr. Mathis Wackernagel

Panel: Biodiversity and Ecology

The impact of climate change on the biosphere, resulting in the decimation of the living world through biological extinction and its practical and moral meaning for us all.
Dr. Peter Raven
Fr. John McCarthy
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Panel: Food Security

Feeding our rapidly-expanding population sustainably into and through an age of climate change.
Dr. Prabhu Pingali
Dr. Elizabeth Ainsworth
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm



Logistics for Monday evening’s events and what to expect in Tuesday’s sessions will be presented.
Dr. Jack Fishman
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm


Keynote Session

Leaders in the scientific community will present research and perspectives on the critical ecological issues facing the global community.
Carl Pope

Panel: Business Perspectives

The impact of climate change on the global economy and the ways in which we need to consider new economic models to account properly for the changes we are encountering.
Dr. Jeffrey Sachs
P.J. Simmons
10:00 am - 10:30 am


Panel: Sea Level Rise and the Availability of Water

Leaders in the scientific community will present research and perspectives on the critical ecological issues facing the global community.
Dr. Jane Lubchenco
Dr. Peter Gleick

Healing Earth:” A Jesuit Teaching Tool

The Healing Earth Project is online environmental science textbook for upper level secondary school students, beginning college students, and adult learners.  Unlike any other environmental textbook, Healing Earth presents an integrated, global, and living approach to the ecological challenges we face.  By integrated, the project’s authors incorporate scientific knowledge with ethical analysis, spiritual reflection, and a call for action.
Dr. Nancy Tuchman

Panel: Religious Perspectives and Moral Obligation

In his encyclical, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis has provided a clear perspective of how we all must take responsibility for our common home. The impact of these views in the wider Christian community and beyond will be discussed in this session.
Dr. Heather Eaton
Dr. Richard Cizik
Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker
Rev. Mitchell Hescox
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Closing Thoughts and Discussion

Dr. Peter Raven
Dr. Jack Fishman


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Registration Information

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Full Registration – $150.00*

Includes all meals, conference proceedings, video of conference, ticket to keynote speaker & Cardinal Turkson lecture

Registration: Monday Only & Keynote Speaker – $100.00*

Registration for one full day and keynote address

Registration: Tuesday Only & Keynote Speaker – $100.00*

Registration for one full day and keynote address

* Student and Faculty Discounts Available

Keynote Speaker: Carl Pope

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Cardinal Turkson Lecture – Free, but registration is required

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Hotel Accommodations

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