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Heythrop leads the way for London Universities in Global Climate Change Week


Heythrop is proud to participate in Global Climate Change Week (GCCW), an international movement of academic staff, tailoring their lectures and putting on other organised events in the build up to COP21, the UN Climate Conference in Paris. Running from 19th - 25th October, GCCW aims to engage the whole academic community worldwide in climate change reflection and action. Academics from Heythrop College currently account for 8 of the 12 registrations of activities and participation at London universities on the GCCW map of events.

One of the highlights of the week will be a free public lecture on Thursday 22nd October; Ecological Commitment and Laudato Si': Jewish and Christian Perspectives. Rev Dr Martin Poulsom SDB and Jonathan Gorsky will reflect upon Pope Francis' latest encyclical from two different perspectives and the contribution it can make to debates involving people of faith from a wider range of traditions. During the course of the week, students at Heythrop will have the opportunity to engage further in a range of 9 specifically-tailored lectures from across the spectrum of philosophical and theological modules which engage with ecological issues, such as Environmental Ethics & Abrahmic Religions: The Water Crisis, and '"A Planet to Heal": A Theological Naming of the Ecology Crisis.

The Heythrop Students' Union are supporting the week's events by organising a bike ride around London and by playing host to an Outreach Talk by Waterbridge, a nonprofit organisation which give children in developing communities hope for the future by nourishing their minds and bodies with books and water. Staff from across the institution will be raising funds to support this cause with a bake sale.

Coordinating Heythrop's wide range of activities, Rev Dr Martin Poulsom, SDB, Head of Theology, at Heythrop College and Chair of the LiveSimply Coordinating Group said, "I am delighted by the commitment and engagement of all staff at Heythrop who have come together to deliver such an exciting programme of activities. To contribute to raising awareness of the important mission of Global Climate Change Week, alongside other world renowned institutions, is a fantastic opportunity for a College of our size and is just one of the ways we aim to enable our students to become informed citizens and active members of a global society."

The full range of activities on offer are available to view here. Entry to the public lecture on Thursday 22 October is free but registration in advance is required here.



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