Climate Stewardship Summit III
Thursday, November 5, 2015, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Congregation Beth Israel, West Hartford, CT
Standing on Holy Ground
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An authentic humanity, calling for a new synthesis, seems to dwell in the midst of our technological
culture, almost unnoticed, like a mist seeping gently beneath a closed door. . . . We are faced not with
two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which
is both social and environmental. Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to
combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature.
– Pope Francis, Encyclical Letter, Laudato Si’, June 2015
The distribution of the long-awaited Papal encyclical, “On Care for Our Common Home”, was a watershed event in the spiritual lives of many people of faith around the world. In deeply moving and eloquent language, Pope Francis laid out the unimpeachable grounds for humanity’s responsibility towards all creation. In addressing the current global crisis of widespread poverty and ecological degradation, the encyclical calls for a “new synthesis” – integrating the faith community’s concern for social justice and upholding human dignity with a dedicated commitment for safeguarding our natural environment.
The Third Climate Stewardship Summit this fall will build upon the encyclical’s moral vision for developing an “integrated approach” in seeking solutions to tackle the increasingly grave consequences of global climate change. A heightened sense of urgency is imperative if we are to take seriously such an existential threat to our common home on this planet.
Thus, this year’s Summit – Standing on Holy Ground – will emphasize an action-oriented agenda. This would include strategic discussion sessions on recommending practical solutions and taking direct action at the local community level. Both underlying societal issues and environmental impacts related to climate change will be examined during its day-long program:
- Fossil-fuel energy consumption – life-cycle environmental impact assessment
- Replacement of coal-based electric power generation by renewable energy sources.
- Case Study: Bridgeport Harbor Generating Plant
- Proposed natural gas pipeline construction in the State of Connecticut
- Combating environmental racism in our communities
- Water resources conservation and management
- Permaculture and urban green development
- The Power of One – being a faithful witness and taking direct action
The goal of the Climate Stewardship Summit is to present information and hear from community leaders to inspire attendees from inaction to action in caring for creation and honoring its Creator. We will examine the true, life-cycle costs of fossil fuels, by learning about the devastation caused by mountaintop removal coal mining and widespread natural gas fracking, as well as the significant health and environmental impacts of burning fossil fuels.
Participants will be able to attend morning workshops on topics ranging from environmental racism, water conservation, permaculture, climate change basics to a session on Pope Francis’s recent encyclical. This will be followed by afternoon strategy sessions on two statewide campaigns: (1) to close and replace the Bridgeport Harbor Generating Plant, and (2) to prevent the proposed construction of natural gas pipelines in the state.
At our final plenary session, the celebrated climate activist Tim DeChristopher will lead us in an invigorating discussion on the myriad ways we can harness “The Power of One” to have a positive and lasting impact on the world around us.
The Climate Stewardship Summit conference is presented by the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network (IREJN)