Bookmark: Reading recommendations on sustainability and Laudato Si'

Picks from St. Kate’s own experts — faculty and staff
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From the St. Catherine University Magazine fall 2023 issue.

In his 2015 encyclical letter, “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis calls for greater care for our planet and its people. Following St. Kate’s formal signing-on to the Laudato Si’ Action Platform in June 2023, a bright array of sustainability and social justice measures have bloomed in collaboration between University departments and programs (read more).

The titles below, recommended by faculty and staff members from all across St. Kate’s, explore the intersections of environmental, economic, and social justice issues, as demonstrated in Laudato Si’. One thing is for sure: it’s all connected.

  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer (2019), nonfiction.
  • Recommended by Suzanne Lehman, DNP, assistant dean of undergraduate nursing and interim dean of nursing

Read this to: learn about Indigenous perspectives on health, wholeness, and sustainability.

  • Prosperity Without Growth by Tim Jackson (2009), nonfiction.
  • Recommended by Deep Shikha, PhD, professor of economics

Read this to: rethink the conventional Western definition of a successful economy.

  • Pollination Power by Heather Angel (2016), nonfiction.
  • Recommended by Rahul Roy, PhD, assistant professor of biology

Read this to: treat your eyes to a stunning, up-close visual tour of the way flowers attract pollinators.

  • Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. by Brené Brown (2018), nonfiction.
  • Recommended by Namibia Little, director of Katie Leadership Impact

Read this to: reimagine your work life with the empathy at the foundation of Laudato Si’.

  • The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson (2021), fiction.
  • Recommended by Jill Underdahl, CSJ, ’92, CSJ St. Paul Province Leadership Team

Read this to: experience a Dakota woman’s relationship to family identity and the legacy, both literal and figurative, of seeds.

Read this to: get motivated to make a concrete difference, through the Indigenous wisdom shared by the author.

Read this to: dive into a science fiction imagining of sustainable civilization.

Read this to: understand how manufacturing can be designed to prioritize reusing resources instead of disposal.

Read this to: learn, and unlearn, the culture of consumerism that lead to the injustices of the textile industry.

Read this to: be awed by the vastness, mystery, and beauty  of the ocean through the poetic descriptions by the author of  Silent Spring.

  • The Meaning of Gardens, ed. Mark Francis and Randolph T. Hester Jr. (1992), nonfiction.
  • Recommended by Stephanie de Sam Lazaro, OTD, IPE director  for the Institute of Simulation and Interprofessional Learning (I-SAIL); associate professor of occupational therapy 

Read this to: reflect on gardening as both a sustainable and meaningful practice in daily life, a key idea in occupational therapy.