Students Concerned About Climate Change Return to Saint Viator High School
From Viatorian News
For the second straight year, Saint Viator High School served as the host site for mobilizing teens around an issue they feel strongly about: climate change. Young people came out of a concern for the environment, but as Catholic high school students they felt a call to respond to Laudato si’: On Care for Our Common Home, the encyclical published in 2015 by Pope Francis.
The Catholic Youth Climate Summit took place Feb. 26 and was organized by by Kayla Jacobs from the Catholic Climate Covenant, with Associate Jason Wilhite and leaders from the Archdiocese of Chicago.
“As a Campus Minister, climate change was the number one issue I heard about from students over these last three years,” says Wilhite, who graduated from Saint Viator in 2015 and worked in Campus Ministry from 2019-2022. “It’s awesome to be building this platform with youth, for youth, so we as a community can learn about the biggest climate problems and take concrete action to address them.”