Caroline Garvey, Tiffany Hunsinger, Theresa Isemann, Meg Maloney, Jared Marsh


This presentation was given live at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 via Zoom. A recording of the presentation is included below.

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Related panel recordings:

Living Simply and Sustainably in an Interconnected World - Meg Maloney

Making a Change is a Choice: Practical Steps for Promoting Human Rights and Sustainability - Jared Marsh

Momentum from Tiny Choices: the Power of Rethinking Our Habits - Theresa Isemann

This project reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process. Course: UDI 262



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April 22, 2020 is EarthDay’s 50th anniversary and a global movement of 1 billion people taking climate action. Join us for a facilitated virtual workshop as we celebrate EarthDay and the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si - On Care for Our Common Home. Inspired by International EarthDay ( and Catholic Climate Covenant resources and UD student leaders, we will explore how UD alumni and faith communities have taken climate action and how current students can engage at home, on campus, and in their networks. Students have been key leaders in global environmental movements ranging from pollution protests on college campuses on the first Earth day, to school climate strikes initiated by Greta Thunberg in 2019. Faith communities have highlighted the injustice that climate change and pollution disproportionately impacts those of vulnerable health, the economically poor and people of color. Given UD’s Catholic and Marianist values, our environmental actions are a crucial part of our commitment to community, solidarity and promoting the common good. Over the past 30 years, UD students have taken initiative with faculty/staff and community partners to make the campus and region more sustainable through club projects, educational events and actions creating programs in recycling, composting, native plants and energy conservation. Through a facilitated process including video, brief prayers, reflection questions and UD student panelist input, participants will identify actions they can implement in their daily lives and apply to their major and career. Undergraduate and graduate panelists from diverse majors will share hopes and challenges, practical tips and success stories from their environmental sustainability involvements. Participants will identify opportunities on and off campus through student organizations advancing sustainability, academic programs and Hanley Sustainability Institute. Participants will leave with plans and ideas for creating a more just, sustainable future in Our Common Home.

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Course Project

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Leanne Jablonski, FMI

Primary Advisor's Department

Hanley Sustainability Institute


Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Climate Action; Reduced Inequalities

Celebrating Earth Day 50: UD Students Taking Climate Action for Environmental Justice in Our Common Home