Pope Francis' encyclical recognises humanity's treatment of the environment, blaming "unfettered greed" for increased pollution, inequality, and global warming, "mainly as a result of human activity," and urging everyone to act quickly, as the Earth begins "to look more and more like an immense pile of filth." He ties environmental degradation directly to poverty—saying the continued abuse of the natural world has the greatest effect on residents of the developing world and serves to keep them at a disadvantage, writing that a "throwaway culture" leads to a diminished respect for all human life.
This co-curricular activity features an active group of students dedicated to promoting sustainability through awareness raising initiatives. They run awareness campaigns, speak at Assembly and in 2018, ran the very first Sustainability Week.
In 2016, the College undertook an environment impact assessment, inspired in the year of Mercy and by Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si', or Praise be to you, specifically regarding the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.
The College's environmental impact assessment was prepared specifically to provide a benchmark of the schools current carbon footprint, with a view to reduce and monitor this into the future. More broadly the College is committed to embedding the principles of sustainability across all elements of the School. To coordinate this work, a Sustainability Steering Committee has been established to work on the development of the College Sustainability Statement, Identify and prioritise College Environmental Objectives and launched the 2018 Environmental Management Action Plan.
The impact study was undertaken thanks to the generosity of these donating companies: