Gives Community Lecture
June 10 In New Orleans
Internationally renowned climate scientist Eduardo Agosta Scarel, O.Carm., known as Pope Francis’s climatologist, will give a lecture on Integral Ecology at 7 pm on Friday, June 10, at St. Rita Catholic Church, 2729 Lowerline St., in New Orleans.
The lecture will also be streamed on Facebook Live at facebook.com/ laudatosiforall at 7 pm Central Standard Time.
Fr. Scarel’s talk is open to the public at no charge. All are welcome. The lecture is designed for a wide-ranging audience—students and the public as well as environmentalists, scientists and teachers.
Integral ecology is a key concept from Chapter 4 of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’s 2015 environmental encyclical. Pope Francis calls for a holistic understanding of global environmental challenges, in which everything is connected. Integral ecology recognizes that climate science cannot be considered alone, but as part of global systems of human activities and relationships.
Integral ecology recognizes that to successfully address climate change, we must also work to change human activities and systems. In addition, Fr. Scarel will address responsible uses of fossil fuels.
“The present time urges us to help other people become aware of the need to preserve the quality of life and existence of all the creatures on earth so that they, and we, could be able to go on telling that He, God, has passed by ourselves, clothing us in beauty,” he explains.
A member of the Carmelite NGO, Fr. Scarel earned his PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and is a physics graduate of the University of Buenos Aires. He did postgraduate work at International Rioja University in Science Teaching Training and lectures on Integral Ecology at the Pontifical University, Salamanca, Spain.
He is a senior advisor to the Laudato Sí Movement; a member of the International Commission for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation of the Carmelite Order in Rome; and collaborates as an expert of the Dicastery for the Service of Integral Human Development. As a Carmelite NGO member, Fr. Eduardo works with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
About the Carmelite NGO
The Carmelite NGO is a global organization of all members of the Carmelite family, including vowed religious and lay members. The Carmelite NGO works for education, freedom of belief, human rights and sustainable development. The NGO is in Special Consultative Status with the Economic & Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations and is affiliated with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the UN Environmental Program (UNEP).