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International experts in climate science, ecology, sustainable development, and related disciplines convened at the 2018 Saint Louis Climate Summit, hosted by Saint Louis University as part of its Bicentennial Celebration. It was inspired by Pope Francis’ convocation of leaders to the Vatican in 2014, and the document that emerged to defend of the health and well-being of the planet.

St. Francis Xavier College Church Session

The conference’s co-chair, Peter Raven, Ph.D., and Mary Evelyn Tucker, Ph.D., cofounder and codirector of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University, discuss how Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, provides a clear perspective of how we all must take responsibility for our common home.

Before the Flood Documentary Panel Discussion

Before the Flood, produced by actor 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 was followed by a panel discussion featuring students and faculty from Saint Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis.

The Gospel of Creation: Indispensable for Climate of Hope

The theme 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.

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.

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.

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.

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. What is the role of the private sector in fostering new national and local economic models here in St. Louis?

Carl Pope | Keynote Session

Carl Pope was a keynote speaker of the Saint Louis Climate Summit. He spoke at Chaifetz Arena on April 23, 2018. Carl Pope worked at the Sierra Club for nearly 30 years before stepping down as its Executive Director in 2012. More recently, he is better known for having written the insightful book, Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet, which was co-authored by Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City.

Food Security

Feeding our rapidly-expanding population, sustainably, into and through an age of climate change.

Availability of Water and Sea Level Rise

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

Educating the Next Generation

This session focused on two initiatives that will be in the forefront of educating the planet’s next generation of inhabitants. The Healing Earth Project textbook presents an integrated, global, and living approach to the ecological challenges we face. The Green Hope Foundation provides a networking platform for children & youth to establish environmental workshops and ground-level projects.

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 are discussed in this session.