CLIMATE STEWARDSHIP SUMMIT IV
Central Connecticut State University Student Center
1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, Connecticut
Sunday, November 13, 2016
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm – Concert by Connecticut State Troubadour Kate Callahan
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm – Light Lunch and Green Displays & Eco-Marketplace
1:00 pm – 1:20 pm– Welcome and Opening Prayers
1:20 pm – 1:50 pm – KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Our Time to Lead: Youth Engagement in Climate Change – Gina Fiorile, University of Vermont & Wild Planet
Youth are not just the leaders of tomorrow, they are the leaders of today. Students are taking action on climate change around the world, and are cause for hope. Our greatest asset during this period of social and ecological change in is an increase in climate education, so that future and current leaders are better prepared to catalyze positive change.
Room: Alumni Hall
1:50 pm – 2:50 pm – PLENARY SESSION: Different Paths to a Greener Future
We are at a crossroads, one created by urgency and the accelerating pace of human-induced climate change. However, the severity of climate change is being addressed with action, compassion, and innovation. This plenary session will highlight some of the different ways that we can achieve the greener future that our planet needs.
Moderator: Miriam Hidalgo Gonzalez, Archdiocese of Hartford
Participants: Sharon Ely Pearson, Tom Swan, CCAG, Jameelah Muhammed, Sierra Club, Imam Refai Arefin, Islamic Association of Greater Hartford
Room: Alumni Hall
2:50 pm – 3:00 pm – Break
3:00 pm – 4:15 pm – Seminars On Individual Topics
Convening Youth for Action: How to Create Your Own Youth Climate Summit
The Youth Climate Summit model is a participant-driven educational conference for youth produced by any organization to create an opportunity for learning, dialogue and action on climate change. Learn more about the Youth Climate Summit model that The Wild Center, Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks developed and tested over the last 6 years and has now been recognized by The White House. Tools, tips, and resources on convening youth and building your own Youth Climate Summit will be shared.
Seminar Leader: Gina Fiorile, University of Vermont & Wild Planet
Moderator: Terri Eickel, Interreligious Eco-Justice Network
Room: Ballin A
Connecting the Green Dots: Working Together on Environmental Injustice and Climate Change
This workshop will discuss the current opportunities and barriers to collaboration among green minded individuals, faith groups, and nonprofits through the lense of a local green organization. Attendees will leave with ideas for meaningful collaboration within their own communities and places of worship in addition to thoughts on how we can all partner fruitfully at the local and regional level to achieve common goals around environmental injustice and climate change.
Seminar Leader: Ronald Pitz, Knox Parks
Moderator:Lynn Johnson, Interreligious Eco-Justice Network
Green Houses Of Worship
In this session we’ll introduce the GHOW program as a tool to engage your congregations, save money for your congregation and your house of worship, and improve the environment. We give you the inside track on how to overcome financial barriers and choose among skilled and vetted installers. And perhaps most importantly we’ll share the experiences that other congregations have had with the program.
Seminar Leader: Bernard Pelletier
Room: Ballin B
Unleashing Our Political Power
Every voice matters! Each of us can be an effective advocate for a greener future. A CT Citizens Action Group leader will discuss the building of successful campaigns at the local, state and national levels. CCAG is rallying State Legislative support for a number of environmental bills (e.g., expanding Shared Solar Energy, banning flame retardant chemicals in children’s products, and developing a carbon footprint methodology to analyze state procurement contracts).
Seminar Leader: Tom Swan, Connecticut Citizens Action Group
Moderator: Mike Winterfield, First Congregational Church of Old Lyme
Cookin’ Up a Storm: How Our Food is Upsetting the Planet
What does air pollution, water contamination, and the cutting down of trees have to do with our food? Does what we eat affect the world? In this workshop we will uncover the truth and lies behind our diets and discuss how climate change is as real as a double-bacon cheeseburger.
Seminar Leader: Miriam Hidalgo-Gonzalez, Archdiocese of Hartford
4:15 pm – 4:30 pm: Coffee Break
4:30 pm – 5:45 pm: Seminars On Individual Topics
Sierra Club’s Electric Vehicle Initiative
Thinking about purchasing or leasing an electric vehicle? Want to learn more about Zero Emission Buses? The transportation sector is a major contributor to our greenhouse gas emissions as well as a known contributor to environmental health problems in many communities.Come learn about what you can do to promote cleaner, less polluting, vehicles in the state of CT and learn about the innovative programs happening nationally to divest from dirty fuels.
Seminar Leader: Jameelah Muhammed, Sierra Club
Moderator: Charles E. Button, CCSU
Spiritual Help for Dark Times
When concerns for ecological wholeness and social justice come together, three values emerge: reverence for life, interdependence with life, and stewardship of life. These signposts point the way to peace on earth, and when we turn and follow this narrow way of life, the Lord makes us divine agents of blessing in all our relationships.
Seminar Leader: Reverend Owen Owens, American Baptist Churches
Moderator: Reverend Thomas Carr, Second Baptist Church of Suffield
Green Houses of Worship:
Repeat Workshop: In this session we’ll introduce the GHOW program as a tool to engage your congregations, save money for your congregation and your house of worship, and improve the environment. We give you the inside track on how to overcome financial barriers and choose among skilled and vetted installers. And perhaps most importantly we’ll share the experiences that other congregations have had with the program.
Seminar Leader: Letitia Naigles, University of Connecticut & Interreligious Eco-Justice Network
Resource Participants: Jeff Howard, Solarize Faith, Lou Dempsey, C-PACE
Room: Ballin B
Protecting Your Town from Toxic, Radioactive Waste
CT DEEP will soon be submitting regulations for review of treatment, disposal, and potential use of fracking waste in CT. Four CT towns have passed local ordinances banning the use and disposal of fracking waste. In this workshop, we will examine the chemical and radioactive toxins in fracking waste, the numerous ways contamination can occur during disposal or through the use of by-products, and the specific language used to protect municipalities with local ordinances.
Seminar Leader: Jennifer Siskind, Food and Water Watch
Moderator: A. Karim Ahmed, Ph.d., National Council on Science and the Environment, Interreligious Eco-Justice Network
Reconnecting Children with Nature
Today’s generation of children is the first to grow up indoors. Their plugged-in lives are largely devoid of exploring the natural world and we are just beginning to understand the ramifications of their virtual world. How will the next generation care about the land and be stewards of its resources if they are not engaged with the environment today? As people of faith, we understand that Creation is a gift from God, and we are called to care for it, not only for ourselves but future generations. Discover some activities you can do in your faith community with children and youth and share your own ideas and questions.
Seminar Leader: Sharon Ely Pearson, Church Publishing Incorporated
Moderator: Lynn Johnson, Interreligious Eco-Justice Network
Room: Ballin A
5:45 – 6:00 – Closing Prayer
6:00 – 7:00 –Reception