This program will follow Pope Francis’ call in his encyclical, Laudato Si’, for the human family as stewards of the earth, to engage in dialogue and provoke action that will address the needs of our earth and how ecologically we might better protect and care for our common home. Through a careful reading of Laudato Si’ and the book Enough is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources, we will consider our place in a finite world and ourselves as a part of nature with which we must live in harmony. We will look at how economic policy and environmental sustainability are intertwined and consider how we can move from a philosophy of “more” to one of “enough”, wherein the goal for all is to have “sufficient for a good life.” (Enough vii). As caregivers of creation, with Pope Francis, we will heed the call to build a culture that will face and address our ecological crisis, a culture that will “hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.” (Laudato Si’)
Resource Person: Judith Mayotte, PhD., is an author, humanitarian, professor and Emmy Award-winning television producer. She has held professorships at University of Western Cape, South Africa, Seattle University and Marquette University, where she has specialized in International Service Learning Programs. Judy is keenly involved with displaced civilians around the world and is Chair of the Women’s Refugee Commission of Refugees International. In 2010, she was named the first Desmond Tutu Distinguished Chair in Global Understanding for the University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea. Currently she is involved in issues dealing with climate displacement.