Climate Stewardship Summit IV
Saturday, October 28, 2017
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Spring Glen United Church
Suggested donation: $30 (sliding scale of $10 – $100 available)
Suggested Student donation: $10
Goals: The focus of this summit is on water, both on land and the oceans. It will consists of speakers, panels and workshops on different aspects of our current climate change crisis and other critical environmental issues as they relate to sea level rise, water resource management, ocean pollution, lead in urban water supply, energy conservation, biodiversity loss and impact of toxic chemicals on human health.
In 2013, moved by the urgency of climate change, IREJN hosted our first Climate Stewardship Summit at Asylum Hill Congregational Church. That first year, we focused on raising awareness and educating religious communities on the science of climate change and the moral imperative to address it. The next year, IREJN focused on effective communication, offering workshops on storytelling and an extensive arts program. In 2015, the themes of the Climate Stewardship Summit were environmental justice and direct action. Nationally known social justice advocate and speaker Deacon Art Miller was our morning keynote speaker and celebrated climate activist Tim DeChristopher was our afternoon keynote speaker. We successfully engaged attendees in local environmental campaigns on fracking, natural gas, and the Bridgeport coal plant. For our 4th Climate Stewardship Summit in 2016, we focused on what youth and young people are doing about climate change. Each Climate Stewardship Summit is unique, carefully planned, informative, and inspiring.
At each Climate Stewardship Summit, we incorporate a keynote speaker, a plenary session, and workshops on a variety of topics. We also provide ample opportunity for networking over lunch. As an interreligious group, we take care to undergird our event with the theological basis for climate justice and environmental concern. We do our best to represent multiple faiths throughout the day as well.
Suggested Donation: $30
Sliding Scale of $10 – $100 available
IREJN Membership Special: $70, includes annual IREJN membership ($50) and reduced Summit ticket ($20)