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History

Historical Milestones
 
1995-1999, the Academy was responsible for one of the first major sustainability projects in Germany / Europe the Altmühltal Agenda 21 Project (25 part projects), which was awarded by the German President as a National Project for the European Nature Conservation Year of the Council of Europe. This project has a strong sustainability impact (for e.g. carbon neutrality) on the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, the Diocese of Eichstätt, the Altmühltal Region, the State of Bavaria and on numerous cities, as well as the ecumenical environmental movement in Europe.
 
Among other achievements, exactly 25 years ago (1996), the 4th of October was celebrated for the first time as the Day of Creation with an ecumenical Creation Service on St. Francis' Day (Bishop Bjorn Bue, Church of Norway/WCC and Bishop Walter Mixa, Roman-Catholic Church), which was the birth for the idea to establish this day as the end of the Time of Creation. The founding of a new, ecumenical European Christian Environmental Network was advocated  1996 on the Conference "Christianity and Sustainable Europe" - a suggestion of Lukas Vischer. In 1997, the Academy was responsible for the sustainability section of the 2nd European Ecumenical Assembly, Graz on behalf of the Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Europe (CCEE). In Garz new foundations were established for a new and strong church's environmental practice in Europe (E.g. Environmental Management). The goal was to minimize the gap between words (Church Declarations) and actions, which has been done in many churches in Europe -with thousands of projects.
 
In the 2000 years, the Academy was actively involved in the development and implementation of the Global Marshall Plan under the leadership of Prof. Radermacher, Clube of Rome and the Sustainable World is Possible Campaign (AISEC). 2015 to support the mission of Laudato Si, the project Laudatosi.org was founded, which hundreds of people around the world - visit every day.

Founding History

 

The academy was initiated by the Environment Unit of the Student Convent, the Council of Europe (Environment Division) and the university administration. Already at the end of the 80s there was a very active environmantal working group (AK Umwelt) at the university. 1990 the Environment Unit of the Student Convent was founded. 1992 the first Environmental Lectures (with 15 speaker) with the question: Is it too late to save Earth ? started parallel to the Rio Earth Summit. 1994, the Altmühltal-Agenda 21 Project of the Environment Unit was selected as national contribution of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Nature Conservation Year. The patronage of the project was the Federal President of Germany. To manage this innovative project a new strurcture was necessary.

 

The foundation of the academy was preceded by an intensive discussion (Febuary 1995) with all Catholic Organizations accredited to the Council of Europe,  the Council of Europe (Deacon Jean Pierre Ribaut), the Catholic University of Eichstätt (Environmental Officer Ralf Klemens Stappen) and the representative of the Holy See (Archbishop Celestino Migliore). Originally it was planned to establish a worldwide Catholic or Ecumenical Environmental Movement as special contribution to the European Nature Conservation Year 1995. Because many Catholic organizations already work in the field of the environment and the care of creation, the idea of ​​founding an academy with a strong focus on the fields of science and education that should support the existing initiatives and the churches, emerged.

 

The academy was founded in May 1995 from the Environmental Working Group and members of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt,the Council of the Diocese of Eichstätt (Environment Comittee) with support of the Council of Europe (Deacon J.P. Ribaut, Direction of Environment) and 25 academic founding members

 

The academy was strong supported  (with offical mandate of the General Secretary of the Council of Europe) form the Council of Euorpe, Division of Environment and President Jean Pierre Ribaut.

 

The academy is founding member of the European Christian Environmental Network founded 1998.

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