Global Day of Action for Notre Dame Students and Staff
On October 6, the Notre Dame Forum went worldwide as members of the Notre Dame community around the world participated in the Global Day of Action, a coordinated event spotlighting sustainability. The occasion was a response to the call from Laudato Si’ to care for our common home, the theme of this year’s Forum.
The staff at the Global Gateways and Centers facilitated events such as readings from Laudato Si’ in Rome, Italy, trash cleanup in Pueblo, Mexico, and a canal cleanup in Dublin, Ireland.
“It was a great opportunity for our students and staff to take part in the Global Day of Action,” said Eimear Clowry Delaney, assistant director at the Dublin Global Gateway.
“As a university, it’s imperative that we work with our students to confront this crisis and insist on bold action to address the climate emergency.”
The event was intentionally hosted on St. Francis of Assisi’s feast day, as he is considered the patron saint of those who work in ecology, and he was part of the inspiration of Laudato Si’. In Laudato Si’ Pope Francis said Francis of Assisi, his namesake, “shows us just how inseparable the bond is between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace.”
As part of the international effort, Brother Nitin D’Souza, a Capuchin Franciscan friar in Mumbai, offered a video message from India that said, “Today as we celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, our seraphic father and founder, I am reminded of a phrase from his prayer, ‘It is in giving that we receive.’ In a similar way, I would like to say, it is in caring for Mother Earth that Mother Earth cares for us.” The friars there offered a special service for the feast day.
The coordinated effort was sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, the sustainability minor, Campus Ministry, and the Center for Social Concerns. Many of the Global Gateways and Centers also hosted other events in conjunction with the Forum throughout the year.