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 Every living creature has intrinsic value in its existence, its life, its beauty and its interdependence with other creatures. Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united. 

Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ On Care for Our Common Home

Schedule of Events

Monday, April 19

Succulents and Earth Week Launch
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Misto Gatehouse

Stop by the tables outside the Misto Gatehouse to pick up a free succulent plant and learn more about Earth Week activities. Sponsored by the Office of Mission Integration.

Tuesday, April 20

Take a Break, Plant a Seed
2-5 p.m., McKillop Library second floor

Come take a study break and get your hands dirty. Plant a seed to take back to your room, and watch it grow.

Climate Change and Generation Z
7 p.m., via livestream

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Join Dr. Craig Condella, professor and chairman of the Department of Philosophy, and Rebecca Rhein '21 to view Greta Thunberg's TED talk "The Disarming Case to Act Right Now on Climate Change" and consider together her call to action.

Wednesday, April 21

Multi-Faith Prayer Service
7 p.m., Our Lady of Mercy Chapel and via livestream


Come together to pray for the care of our common home. Father Scott Pontes, University chaplain, and members of the Salve Regina community will join together across our diversity of traditions and spiritualities for this annual Earth Day service. Representatives from a variety of faith backgrounds will be present.

Thursday, April 22 (Earth Day)

Earth Day Meditation
10 a.m., McAuley Hall lawn and via livestream

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Join Jesse Harding, adjunct professor in the Department of Religious and Theological Studies, for guided meditation using easy-to-follow mindfulness-based stress reduction practices. Taoist yoga, tai chi and qi-gong exercises will be Earth appreciation and celebration themed. These gentle and relaxing forms of meditation are a time-honored path to health, fitness and an enlightened sense of physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

The "More Than" Garden: Audio Installation and Sun Print Making
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., O'Hare Academic Building front entrance

Stop by the front of O'Hare to make a cyanotype sun print with Dr. Jen McClanaghan, associate professor in the Department of English, Communications and Media, and the students of her ENG224 course and the Willow literary magazine. Listen to student-recorded personal essays called "More Than," inspired by a story about Ahmaud Arbery in which the the writer said that Arbery was more than a viral video, more than a hashtag, that he loved football and his mother's chocolate fudge cake and adored his nephews. Join us to honor these stories, each other and our need to connect and care for the environment around us to acknowledge that social and environment justice are inextricably bound. The sun prints will be hung as part of a series of community prayer flags. This project is sponsored by the McAuley Institute for Mercy Education's interdisciplinary faculty collaborative focused on the critical concern of earth.

Adopt-a-Spot Launch and Planting
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cliff Walk behind Ochre Court


Salve Regina is launching a new adopt-a-spot with the city of Newport, committing for two years to tend this spot of earth for the common good. Sponsored by Center for Community Engagement and Service, the Student Government Association and the Environmental Club.

Arboretum Tree Planting
3:15 p.m., McKillop Library front lawn

Join us outside of McKillop Library for the annual Arbor Day tree planting and dedication of two Elizabeth magnolias to add to our campus arboretum.

Inclusive Reading Club: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child
4 p.m., via livestream


Join the Inclusive Reading Club for a bilingual discussion based on selections from "The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child" by Francisco Jiménez. These are the stories of the author's migrant family in the 1940s, campesinos whose lives were defined by poverty and impermanence, but also faith and hope, as they worked picking crops in California, moving from one labor camp to another. Father Scott Pontes, University chaplain, and MaryAnne Davey, director of the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life, will facilitate the discussion. The readings are available in English and Spanish on the library website.

Lecture and Discussion: "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Climate Justice: Urgent Explorations of Global Climate Change and the Consistent Ethic of Life" With Father Daniel Horan
7 p.m., via livestream


This year marks the sixth anniversary of Pope Francis’s promulgation of Laudato Sí, the encyclical letter on "Care for our Common Home," and the 51st anniversary of Earth Day. And yet, when it comes to Catholic attention to important life issues in the United States, global climate change and other ecological crises often fail to rise to the level of concern or attention that other pro-life subjects typically do. In this presentation, Father Daniel draws on the consistent ethic of life principle to show how the Catholic tradition ought to recognize global climate change as the most important life issue today, for it threatens the very conditions of all life on this planet. Sponsored by Mercyhurst University.

Additional Programming

Week-Long Resources and Art

Arts for Social Action: Black Lives Matter Community Mural
McKillop Library

The Black Lives Matter mural was created through the spring course Arts for Social Action. Through their community-based, anti-oppressive pedagogical approach to engaging students in the story of Black Americans, instructors Melody Gamba and Nycole "Marvelous" Matthews collaborated with mural artist Jy-Tique Harris to plan, design and install this community mural celebrating the Black Lives Matter movement.

Self-Paced Guided Meditative Walk

Listen to the Guided Meditation

Join the Salve Regina community in walking meditation this Earth Week. Take some time to soak into your surroundings on campus or at home as you listen to a guided meditation. Connect with the earth, yourself and the community as you journey through this contemplative practice. Curated by MaryAnne Davey, director of the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life.

Resources for Earth Week

View the Resources

2020 marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Check out the virtual exhibit on the history of Earth Day and environmental concerns curated by Genna Duplisea, archivist and special collections librarian, and read through the student spotlights on endangered and extinct species from Dr. Jameson Chace's BIO255: Conversation Biology course to join the conversation.

Ever wonder how habits like recycling one soup can will have a trickle-down effect on powering your TV or food consumption? Dr. Thomas Arruda, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, and his student research assistant, Megan Trafford '24, have been researching energy consumption as part of the McAuley Institute for Mercy Education's interdisciplinary faculty collaborative focused on the critical concern of earth.. Visit to learn more about the "Never Refuse to Reuse" initiative.

Service Opportunities

Service Opportunities Registration

  • Cliff Walk cleanup – noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 18
  • Lucy’s Hearth parking lot cleanup – 1-3 p.m. Monday, April 19
  • Maher Center garden cleanup – 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 20
  • Bike Newport’s Bike Barn cleanup – 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 20
  • Salvation Army yard cleanup – 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20
  • Aquidneck Community Table garden cleanup – 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 21
  • Fort Adams cleanup – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 21
  • Child & Family parking lot cleanup – noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 21
  • God’s Community Garden spring cleanup – 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 22
  • Edward King House garden cleanup – noon to 2 p.m. Friday, April 23
  • Donovan Manor garden cleanup – 1-3 p.m. Friday, April 23
  • Bike Newport spring cleanup – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 24