It is the result of years of progress: combustion engines, gas-fueled cars, coal-powered electricity, shipping and receiving, traveling ever faster. But that progress has a cost that is coming due: wildfires, drought, extinctions, massive storms, and more and more heat.
Santa Clara University is committed to doing what it can to reduce the cost of climate change and its impact on communities. In 2020, the University achieved its goal of carbon neutrality for natural gas and electricity, perhaps the only goal helped by the pandemic that reduced the number of people on campus.
In the fall, the tUrn biannual week of action brought speakers to the community—via web conference—for seven days of discussion on climate change denial, solutions, indigenous people’s experiences, and more. The week, as always, included a reading of Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change, Laudato si’.
In it, he writes, “Many things have to change course, but it is we human beings above all who need to change. We lack an awareness of our common origin, of our mutual belonging, and of a future to be shared with everyone.”
Perhaps together, listening, learning, and working, we can restore something beautiful.