On Thursday 1 June, Ms Kelly Jenkins will be joining the EREA Sustainability Committee in Canberra as a school delegate, to attend the first National Gathering for Sustainability, themed “Setting out for Home”. Joining Principals (including Mr Tony Paatsch) from Catholic schools across the nation, we will come together as an EREA network at the National Arboretum, to respond to Pope Francis encyclical Laudato si’, in which he calls for the need of all humanity to work together to look after our “Common Home”. At the conference, we will be called to reflect on our absence of common home (such as the destruction we are causing with overuse of finite sources, climate change, loss of biodiversity and polluted waterways) and co-create a practical response and pathway forward toward achieving ecological sustainability.
Part of Ms Jenkins' role as a school delegate, is to voice what is happening in our school in relation to sustainability and to add our voice to how we might respond to Laudato si’, by creating a “storyboard” to be on display at the Arboretum.
To this end, we have launched an initiative to create a collective “Vision Statement” and “Action plan” for St Joseph’s, by asking all members of the community to write a “Vision statement” for our future and a “Statement of Actions” that could be undertaken to achieve this.
To achieve this, it will require just five minutes of your time, to watch a short overview of Laudato Si' (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcP5E2trsX4), then write a "Vision Statement" for our "Common Home" into the future and an "Action Statement", of how we may achieve this.
Selected statements will be placed on display at the National Arboretum in Canberra on Thursday June 1 at the National Sustainability Gathering and National Principal's Conference.