Case for faith-based advocacy & how to get started // Tammy Alexander
Learn about current advocacy efforts at the state (Pennsylvania) and national levels and how you and your faith community can join in the push for sustainable climate policy.
Current and future impacts of climate change // Keith Miller
The science of climate change is well-established and affirmed by the global scientific community. Keith will briefly summarize the wide range of currently occuring impacts of climate change from local to global scale, and the communities most impacted.
Ears to Hear: Talking to Humans about the Climate Thing // Jerry Lee Miller
Is climate change really a slow moving catastrophe? If unchecked, will climate change eventually bring disastrous consequences to life on this planet? Hard to imagine isn’t it? Psychological and cultural factors, along with ideology and a well funded disinformation campaign prevent many from believing there is a major problem. These same factors hinder most others from mobilizing to take urgently needed actions. Connecting at the values level is the goal whether you’re talking to someone who’s convinced its all a hoax or to one who knows we need to do something but doesn’t know what. “Scientific data, although undoubtedly vital for alerting our rational brain to an existence of a threat, does not galvanize our emotion brain into action.” George Marshall, “Don’t Even Think About It”.
Lancaster Conservancy Community Wildlife Habitat // Linda Ferich
The National Wildlife Federation’s Community Wildlife Habitat™ program partners with cities, towns, counties, neighborhoods, and communities to make them healthier, greener, and more wildlife-friendly. Lancaster County is a partner with NWF through the Lancaster County Conservancy and the NWF’s Sacred Grounds initiative for places of worship.
Climate Justice is Pacifism // Nicole Litwiller
In this session, we will connect the Mennonite peace and justice witness to the present violence of climate change and racism. We will consider how we can change our own habits to form stronger communities that make systemic transformation and healing possible.
Assessing and making a cong’l plan for carbon reduction // Eric Sauder
What are some practical steps that congregations and individuals at varying levels of committment can begin taking to reduce their carbon footprint? Congregational Assessment tools from Pennsylvania Power and Light and Congregational improvement plans developed by the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions will be shared as tools to help congregations learn about first or next steps in the journey toward environmental sustainability.
Beyond Genesis: Creation throughout the Bible // Doug Kaufman
Most creation teaching in the Bible has focused on Genesis 1-2. We will explore the creation stories of Psalms and Job, as well as that found in the gospels and epistles. What do these Scripures teach about how humans relate to God and the rest of creation?
Youth and the Changing Climate \\ Olivia Shoemaker
Why and how youth are getting involved in finding solutions to climate change. We will discuss why it is important to have youth lead the way for these climate solutions and how to help and support young people leading this movement. We will also talk about the Sunrise Movement and their involvement with climate solutions and climate policy.