Date(s) - 06/11/2021
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


A kairos moment of COP26 when an international group of Catholic artists, activists and academics will reflect on climate justice and the integrity of creation in prayerful anticipation of a world-wide change of heart and a renewed commitment by all nations to nurture planet earth and all that exists on it.

In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis links the cry of the earth with the cry of the poor. In this event, Zimbabwe-born Dr Nontando Hadebe interrogates the greening agenda and discusses the disproportionate impact of climate change on the lives of poor people, most of whom are women. Celebrated Belgian artist Sr Francoise Bosteels, who has dedicated her life to serving poor communities in India, uses doll-making to narrate the lives of her local villagers, highlight the devastation wreaked by man-made disasters such as Bhopal, and celebrate activists such as the Chipko ‘tree-hugging’ women and campaigners such as Greta Thunberg. Words matter. Belgian ethicist Jan Jans discusses the need to distinguish between the theological term ‘creation’ and the loaded descriptor ‘nature’.

The event will be chaired by Julie Clague of the University of Glasgow.

Sr Françoise Bosteels – The celebrated artist discusses her use of dolls to raise awareness of climate injustice
Nontando Hadebe – Can Green Be the Colour of Justice? Cop26 and Poverty
Jan Jans – ‘The Eager Longing For Creation’ On the Necessary Differentiation Between Nature and Creation

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