As a response to the call of Laudato si’, the Sustainability at EREA initiative seeks to invite the EREA Network and its constituent schools into the possibility of a cultural transformation, whereby an ecological conversion of heart and mind can take place. EREA recognises that this intent provides an opportunity to act out of and for an intergenerational solidarity, where the education of young people provides a rich platform for nurturing the legacy of a more hope‐filled planet.
Inspired by the call within Laudato si’, the EREA Board initiated the emergence of the EREA Sustainability Committee in late 2015.
Throughout 2016, this committee was able to discern some Guiding Principles and a Statement of Purpose, as outlined in the EREA Sustainability Committee Position Summary. With this thinking in place, the EREA Sustainability Committee was ready to invite the participation of schools and at the beginning of 2017, released the Sustainability at EREA Announcement Letter. As a launch to this initiative, schools across the EREA Network were invited to participate in the Sustainability at EREA Storytelling Campaign and to come together for Setting out for Home: A National Gathering for Sustainability.
In 2019 we will continue to draw from our Guiding Principles to support our schools in striving to live into new ways of thinking and living. As a national community in mission, we are committed to caring for our common home through what we learn and co-create together.