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See ‘everything in creation as a brother or sister’

Cardinal Turkson video 2Watch WOSU Public Media’s video of Cardinal Turkson’s Nov. 2 talk at Ohio State by clicking the image. CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron speaks starting at 1:59, Ohio State President Michael V. Drake at 6:50, Cardinal Turkson at 10:02. Their “fireside chat” starts around 35:40.

Media covers Turkson visit

Cardinal Peter Turkson’s recent visit to Ohio State was covered by, among others, the National Catholic Reporter, the Columbus Dispatch and Ohio State’s student newspaper, the Lantern.

‘Caring for our common home’

Greg Hitzhusen, an assistant professor in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, wrote about Cardinal Peter Turkson’s Nov. 2 visit to Ohio State on his Faithful Earth Stewardship blog:

“The enthusiasm that greeted Cardinal Turkson reminds me of the spirit of my students in ENR 3470, Religion and Environmental Values in America … Their vision, creativity and energy will be a crucial ingredient if present and future generations are to rise to the challenges of caring for our common home.”

Turkson helped write the first draft of Pope Francis’s Laudato Si’ encyclical on climate change and the environment. Hitzhusen served on the committee that helped organize Turkson’s visit.

Read his post.

‘Plains,’ ‘Forests’: Environmental Film Series continues tonight

Plains episode of Earth A New WildOhio State’s Environmental Film Series continues tonight with “Plains” and “Forests.” Both are episodes from the PBS series “Earth: A New Wild.” Rebecca Swab, director of restoration ecology at The Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio, and Peter Curtis, professor in Ohio State’s Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, will lead the discussion afterward. Get details. (Fan of “Earth: A New Wild”? Read this.) (Image: PBS.)

Still time to get tickets for Cardinal Turkson’s talk on Monday

Cardinal Peter TurksonA reminder to get tickets while you still can for this Monday’s talk at Ohio State by Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana. The title of his presentation is “How Are We to Live in Our Common Home? Reflections on Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Ecology.” He’s shown holding a copy of the document, whose title means “Praise be to you.” Learn more here. Get tickets here. Read Laudato Si’ here. (Photo: Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.)

Chancellor John Carey, CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron, others to speak on Ohio’s water quality efforts Friday

Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor John Carey, CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron, and colleagues from the University of Toledo and Central State University will hold a public meeting tomorrow to talk about progress in and plans for improving Ohio’s water quality. Read More »

Get tickets now, or at least soon, for February evening with M. Sanjayan

M Sanjayan and Earth A New WildThe Environmental Professionals Network, a service of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, is presenting a special evening with M. Sanjayan, host of the PBS series “Earth: A New Wild,” on Feb. 11 in Columbus. That’s about four months away still. But tickets are going fast. Read More »

Ohio State Soil Judging Team going to nationals

Soil judging team 2The Ohio State Soil Judging Team is heading to the National Collegiate Soil Judging Contest next April that will be hosted by Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

This past Friday, Oct. 16, the Soil Judging Team took home third-place school honors with a strong showing in the Northeast Regional Soil Competition hosted by Brian Slater and Ohio State at Louis Bromfield’s Malabar Farm in Lucas, Ohio. Read More »

Cardinal Turkson tickets now available

Tickets to attend Cardinal Peter Turkson’s Nov. 2 talk at Ohio State are now available. Details here. Direct link to register here.

On faith and being stewards of the Earth

JoAnne Viviano of the Columbus Dispatch reported on yesterday’s Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program, “Faiths Worldwide Tackle Environmental Challenges”:

The 20 Muslim youths who spent last weekend cleaning up Sullivant Avenue on the West Side as a community-service project were hoping to make their city a bit greener.

Some of the teens might own just one pair of jeans and a couple of T-shirts. But for them, protecting the environment wasn’t something to deal with only after all their other needs were met.

Read the story …