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Mercy Students Advocate for Environmental Sustainability

August 10, 2015

Twenty-four students and staff from six Mercy-sponsored colleges and universities immersed themselves in issues of sustainability and climate change advocacy during a Mercy justice program in Washington, D.C., August 2-6. The program was co-sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas' Institute Justice Team and the Conference of Mercy Higher Education.

Student participants learned about the Sisters of Mercy’s response to Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si', and climate change advocacy initiatives currently underway with the Sisters of Mercy and other faith-based organizations. After hearing from a panel of experts involved in climate change advocacy efforts, the students met with their legislators' staff to urge support of the newly released Clean Power Plan.

At the end of the program, the students committed themselves to engaging others in social justice through such initiatives as expanding environmentally-friendly practices on campus, bringing fair-trade products to the campus bookstore, hosting a Critical Concerns fair and involving other students in legislative advocacy on climate change.

The Sisters of Mercy-sponsored colleges and universities participating in this advocacy program were Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; the College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Nebraska; Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey; Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania; Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois.

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