12.5.2017: In his greetings Hartmut Graßl, President of the Federation of German Scientists (VDW) and a pioneer in climate research said, that he as an Evangelical Lutheran was deeply inspired from the Laudato Si Encyclical. After attending a Laudato Si Symposium at the Catholic University Management School (WFI), he said, that he wish more enthusiasm from Catholic scientists and theologians for Laudato Si. Also, he is worried about the defeatism and the resignation of the young generation of students concerning the ecological crisis. He does not understand that the both Churches in Germany do not use all their power for example to transform the current "animal protection law" in the sense of Laudato Si. Now with the great Laudato Si Encyclical is a new time to act.
All current trends worldwide, whether the steady increase in population or the rise in sea level, are not sustainable. This will be criticized by the "Club of Rome, which is committed to the sustainable future of humanity, in October in a new report entitled" Come on ". Their co-president, Ernst-Ulrich von Weizsäcker, announced this at a discussion session at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. The religions and philosophy were also affected by the overcrowded world, warned von Weizsäcker. Their ideas and doctrines came from a time when growth was not exploding and the world was "empty". Today, with a world population of 7.5 billion people exactly the opposite is the case, said the scientist in Ingolstadt. He pleaded that the increasing productivity of labor and the consumption of natural resources are the focus of economic and political action. The new Clube of Rome report “Come on" will be the result of a "second thunder strike" by the Club of Rome in October. In 1972, the study on "The Limits of Growth" had led to a worldwide survey of the environmental impacts. This year's report is based on Pope Franziskus "Laudato si", according to Weizsäcker. Pope Francis created a "very radical approach" and Laudato Si is a element for the neded "new enlightenment" for mankind.
In his response to the speech of Ernst von Weizsäcker Bishop Losinger, the Chairmen of the Foundation of the Catholic University Eichstätt said, that we are in a survival crisis and the situation is very dangerous because of possible Tipping Points (he cited John Schellnhuber, PAS Academician). For the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt Laudato Si is a top priority and the university will support the implementation of the Encyclical Laudato Si with strong measures in science, infrastructure and education.
Note: Ernst-Ulrich von Weizsäcker was founding member of the Francis of Assisi Academy for the Protection of Earth, Eichstätt and held his first speech at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt 1993 in the 2. Environmental Lectures of the Environment Unit (Umweltreferat) of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.
1.05.2017: The Planetary Health Inaugural Meeting was held April 28-30, 2017 in Boston at the Harvard Medical School with more than 370 attendees from 25 countries, including students (nearly half the attendees!), research scientists, educators, policy makers, and committed stakeholders. Already in his opening remarks Jonathan PATZ, Director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin, pointed out the relevance of the Encyclical Laudato Si and Pope Francis initiatives for planetary health. Also, Philip J. LANDRIGAN, Professor of Environmental Medicine and Pediatrics and Dean for Global Health in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai mentioned the relevance of Laudato Si and Pope Francis for planetary health. The new Planetary Health Alliance will cooperate with members of faith communities.
The Francis of Assisi Academy for the Protection of the Earth was represented through his Executive Secretary Ralf K. STAPPEN. Together with the International Academy of Science, Munich the Francis of Assisi Academy realized a research project concerning education, capacity building and epistemology of Terra Medicine at the Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, which is an early and similar approach to Planetary Health /Geohealth.
Watch Recordings: The complete video of the Inaugural Planetary Health / GeoHealth Annual Meeting is freely available online.
4.10.2016. Welcome to the relaunched Laudato Si Website of the Francis of Assisi Academy for the Protection of the Earth.
Time of Creation 2016
Please find attached the joint statement of ECEN, CEC and CCEE in view of Creation time 2016.