The Ecological Ethics of Laudato Si’, Its Pedagogy and Doable Solutions for a Greener Philippines


Laudato Si', the first encyclical that addresses the environment, challenges us all to survive, thrive and let our generation in times of change “be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life” (LS #207). The Ecological Ethics of Laudato Si' echoes the biblical concept of justice — the Hebraic Covenant Theology, which is best translated as Right-Relation in four directions: to God, to oneself, to our fellow human beings and to creation. Pope Francis calls us for this integral ecology and asks for us “educators capable of developing an ethics of ecology, and helping people, through effective pedagogy” (LS #210). Responding to this call toward a Greener Philippines, it incorporates doable ways in making learning authentic based on some key ideas from the instructional principles of constructivist pedagogy and balances it with cognitive and affective approaches where experiential learning moves the student to sympathy and empathy. Seventy (70) environmental advocates are asked to identify among the four doable solutions that may be part of student's experiential learning, namely: Zero Carbon, Zero Waste, Sustainable Water and Sustainable Transportation which the student may apply in any of the four areas, namely: at home, in school, within a local community and in the work place. Practically, the results of the survey suggest that the respondents prefer most the Zero Waste to be applied in all four areas to survive and thrive for A Greener Philippines.

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Antonio Levy Ingles Jr, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde

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Conference: ACERP2018
Stream: Religion - Religion and Education

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