Exploring Global Biodiversity

Exploring Global Biodiversity

Each year, the school rallies around a pertinent world problem and challenges students to become part of its solution at the Global Symposium. The annual event, part of Ursuline's global education initiative, unites and motivates the entire school community. 


On March 7, 2024, the school community welcomed Dennis Liu, Ph.D., Vice President of Education at the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, as the keynote speaker for our 2024 Global Symposium, the topic: Global Biodiversity.

Dr. Liu addressed a captive crowd, unpacking the complexities of global biodiversity and explaining how it encompasses a wide variety of life forms on our planet. Its intricate web of relationships creates delicate and essential bonds. Liu points out that biodiversity "provides us with the essential elements necessary for sustenance and existence."

His engaging presentation underscored the pressing need to acknowledge and address the alarming challenges in biodiversity. Drawing upon Pope Francis's encyclical on the environment, Dr. Liu explained that our collective responsibility is to care for the planet we share and recognize the interconnectedness of all living things. He highlighted nature's resilience and the potential for restoration when concerned people take the necessary steps to clean up and restore ecosystems.

Dr. Liu urged students to recognize the importance of their actions in protecting remote wilderness areas and the environments closer to home. Collectively, the Ursuline school community can affect change in the world.

After his insightful presentation, Dr. Liu spent time with our Science Research program students and shared his insights on their research projects.

The school-wide event helps students to recognize that global concerns are shared concerns. They should feel empowered to act responsibly and compassionately when seeking solutions. 


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