Panel: The Iceberg in the Room: Why Catholics Can’t Freeze on Climate Change

Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice 2019

Saturday, 11/16, 8:20-9:10 PM


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.

Chloe Noel

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.

Samantha Panchévre

Research Specialist, Gartner; Georgetown University ’19

Bio coming soon

Christina Leaño

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 and

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