Celebrating the launch of the open access Laudato Si' Integral Ecology Collection

February 17, 2022

In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis emphasised the importance of a united, global response to the current ecological crisis. Dialogue and learning on integral ecology, however, is often hindered by limited access to the academic publications on the subject, which are not affordable for many individuals and institutions in lower-income countries.

The Laudato Si’ Integral Ecology Collection was developed to address this problem by making open-access a selection of key texts on integral ecology. The collection will provide a valuable resource for lay readers, students, and those undertaking more advanced academic study. Publications in the collection could also be read as part of a reading group or an online course.

At the launch, which is an online event scheduled for Thursday 3rd March 2022, 13:00 - 14:00 GMT, we will hear from academics and practitioners in the Global South on their current access to academic material on integral ecology and how this collection will support their work. We will also hear about the origins of collection and plans for its future development. There will be an opportunity for Q&A with panellists.

Séverine Deneulin, Director of International Development at the Laudato Si’ Research Institute, said:

"I am thrilled to be launching this pioneering open-access library of books on integral ecology, which will reach people globally, whether one is a student studying at a university in the Philippines, a layperson engaged in environmental action in the UK, or a teacher in a college in Kenya. We hope that the Laudato Si’ Integral Ecology Collection will not only contribute to narrowing the knowledge gap between different regions of the world, but also equip people globally to better respond to the cries of the earth and of the poor."

You can register for the event here

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