Forum 21 collaborated with the Vatican dicastery on Promoting Integral Human Development and the Center for Earth Ethics of Union Theological Seminary and hosted a special panel “Integral Ecology: As Seen through the lens of Laudato Si’ and other Religious Traditions.” The “Laudato Si’On Care of Our Common Home” is Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical letter that addresses the human causes of the current ecological crisis. The panel featured Chief Caleen Sisk, Tribal Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Peoples, Mindahi Bastida, Otomi Toltec leader and Director of the Original Caretakers Program of Center of Earth Ethics, Beth Blissman UN NGO Representative of the Loretto Community and Father Augusto Zampini of the Vatican.

In sum, the Original Caretakers Visit is designed to promote principles of integral ecology, eco-justice, and spiritual earth stewardship. For pictures of these events please click here.