This summer Pope Francis is expected to issue a rare Papal Encyclical on the environment in which he is expected to declare climate action a moral imperative for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. The encyclical — or “papal letter” — will be the first in the church’s history that addresses environmental issues specifically.
Yale University will host a panel on the Papal Encyclical on April 8 at 5:30 p.m. entitled “Pope Francis and the Environment: Why His New Climate Encyclical Matters.” Participants include John Grim, Peter Crane, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Margaret Farley, Dekila Chungyalpa, Doug Kysar, and Greg Sterling. This event will be broadcast via livestream. It is sponsored by Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale Divinity School, and the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale. For more, visit: https://environment.yale.edu/news/article/pope-francis-and-the-environment-why-his-new-climate-encyclical-matters.
Yale will also host another exciting event on April 7 at 4 p.m. His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, will give the Chubb Fellowship Lecture on “Compassion in Action — Buddhism and the Environment.” Afterwards Andrew Quintman and Mary Evelyn Tucker will interview him. This event is free and open to the public. Please reserve your ticket at http://chubbfellowship.org.