'A great start': St. Viator High students hold youth climate summit

  • St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights held a youth climate summit in April. The event was in response to a call to action on climate change from Pope Francis.

    St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights held a youth climate summit in April. The event was in response to a call to action on climate change from Pope Francis. Courtesy of St. Viator High School

 
 
Posted5/13/2022 6:00 AM

Students and employees at St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights joined with alumni and students at other schools in April for a youth climate summit.

More than 60 students attended the one-day event. Participants talked about climate change, sustainability, environmental advocacy, agriculture, and other related topics.

 

Presentations and workshops were led by activists including: Sean Ruane, a co-founder of Just Roots Chicago; Mike Galeski of the Carbon Disclosure Project; and Jennifer Snyder, a teacher and member of the Global Jesuit Ecological Task Force.

The event followed a call for action on climate change from Pope Francis.

"The information shared and discussed really touched on the concerns expressed by Pope Francis," said Jason Wilhite, a campus minister at St. Viator, said in a news release about the event.

"The summit was a great start, but it has created important action steps that the students hope to champion with their peers."

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