SESSION TITLE: THE ICEBERG IN THE ROOM: WHY CATHOLICS CAN’T FREEZE ON CLIMATE CHANGE
From the extraction of fossil fuels to the aftermath of climate related disasters, communities and the environment around the world experience profoundly both the drivers and the impacts of climate change. Panelists will share stories of both sorrow and hope, and how schools and the Catholic Church can act in solidarity with marginalized communities to stem climate change, especially through the divestment movement happening in universities across the country.
Faith-Economy-Ecology Program Director, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
As an advocate and educator, Chloe seeks justice for communities and the environment affected by climate change, the unearthing of natural resources, and unfair trade policies. She has fifteen years of experience working for faith-based organizations on environmental and economic justice issues including with the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach and the National Council of Churches. Chloe previously served on the boards of the Pesticide Action Network of North America and the U.S. Office on Colombia. Chloe holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Hispanic Studies from Mills College and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
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Finance Research Specialist; Georgetown University ’19
Samantha graduated from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in 2019 and majored in Science, Technology and International Affairs with a concentration in energy and environment. At Georgetown, her activism centered around the GU Fossil Free (GUFF) campaign to divest the endowment from fossil fuels. She was a student representative on Georgetown’s Committee on Investments and Social Responsibility, where she helped draft the university’s Socially Responsible Investing Policy that was implemented in 2017. Through GUFF, she helped author the proposal to divest from tar sands oil, which was passed by the Board of Directors in 2018. During her senior year, as the chair of student government’s Sustainability Policy Team, she advised on the university’s agenda to reduce single-use plastics and upgrade campus recycling bins. She also organized monthly open forums for the campus environmental community. Samantha aims to use her career to augment the private sector’s impact on global sustainability and use media to spread environmental optimism. She was born and raised in San Antonio and hopes to return one day to make it the most sustainable city in America.
Christina Leaño serves as Associate Director of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, a worldwide network of 800+ Catholic organizations and thousands of Catholics bringing Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ into action for climate justice. She brings over 20 years of leadership on social and environmental justice issues, including co-founder of the Filipino American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity. Christina is also a trained meditation teacher and spiritual director drawing upon close to two decades of contemplative practice, including three years in a Catholic Cistercian monastery. She is passionate about exploring the intersection of spirituality and social justice and supporting people’s spiritual transformation through contemplative practices and engagement in social and ecological justice. She has degrees from Yale University and the Graduate Theological Union. In her free time, she loves forest bathing with her partner Steffano and daughter Malaya Clare. Learn more about Christina at www.christinaleano.net and www.catholicclimatemovement.global