In his second encyclical Laudato Si’ - On care for our common home, Pope Francis calls for urgent action to protect our beautiful planet. He critiques consumerism and irresponsible development, laments environmental degradation and global warming, and calls all people of the world to take "swift and unified global action."
During 2022 Laudato Si’ Week, Loreto Kirribilli Sustainability Leaders and Champions for Change led a campaign to raise awareness of the Pope’s important message, launching a number of environmental initiatives across the school.
Sustainability Champion and Social Sciences teacher Robert Magner coordinated a range of activities that took place across the school, and commended the active role taken by our Student Leaders. “During this Laudato Si’ Week, our Sustainability Leaders led the school in prayer and reflection on ‘Care for our common home’. We reviewed the Pope’s Laudato Si’ message in Circle Classes, and in our LK Live news broadcast on Tuesday morning, the Student Executive outlined some simple changes of behaviour we can all make.”
On Wednesday, the student Champions for Change held a graphic ‘War on Waste’ demonstration in the Quad, with the contents of that day’s rubbish bins laid out for all to see.
JPIC Environment Councillor Imogen summed up what the Councillors hoped to achieve through the ‘War on Waste’ initiative: “It was impossible to ignore the enormity of the issue when it was spread out in front of us. We are hopeful that the unforgettable visual both shocked and motivated everyone to enact change, starting now. Our hope is that in the wake of this initiative, the Loreto Kirribilli community is more conscious of their waste habits, that we alter our behaviours, and that we make more considered choices when purchasing food. We can make a difference, and the war on waste begins with us.
“This is just the beginning of our consistent campaign to share the sustainability message and be smarter in reducing our waste and our impact on the planet.”