The Interfaith Climate Group Story

Since 2013, the Interfaith Climate Group has developed a series of events for climate education, inspiration and action.  Activities have included:

  • Climate Conversations with video and musical introduction.
  • World Religion Day events representing diverse faith groups of the Gainesville area.
  • Earth Day events at the Florida Museum of Natural History and Sustainable Living Center in Hampton.
  • International Day of Peace events, with Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville and Veterans for Peace.
  • Earth Charter Anniversary events with Quaker Friends Meeting House, FutureFlash! Project and Florida Gulf Coast University, an Earth Charter affiliate.

Interfaith Climate Group 2013: Inspired by a Wilmette Institute Course

September 30, 2013, in Baha'i News, by Robert Stockman

After taking the Wilmette Institute’s course on Climate Change in February 2013, five Bahá’ís in Gainesville, Florida, decided to put what they had learned to use and formed the Gainesville Interfaith Climate Group.

The Bahá’ís’ plan was to approach other religious organizations to find out what they were doing to address climate change and to see how the organizations could work together. The Bahá’ís involved include an educator, two environmental engineers, a psychiatrist, and a goat farmer—Sue Blythe, Farhang Darabi, John Herbert, Gary Hankins, and Charles Meister.

 


Interfaith Climate Group 2017

In 2017 we are co-sponsoring the Beloved Community Climate Justice Conversation with the Martin Luther King Commission of Florida and the UF/IFAS Climate Conversation.

The Interfaith Climate Group offers tools and resources to engage young people -- and those who care about their future -- in faith-based conversations and activities for a sustainable, just and peaceful future.
We recognize that climate change is not merely an economic or technical problem, but rather at its core is a moral, spiritual and cultural one. We therefore pledge to join together to teach and guide the people who follow the call of our faiths. We must all learn to live together within the shared limits of our planet.
 
 

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Resources and activities

for children, youth, adults and elders

For more information, contact Alice Primack <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> or Sue Blythe <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;.

 
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PAST EVENTS
 
 
JANUARY 13-16, 2017  The MLK Weekend: Living Beloved Community Coopetition is a 4 day challenge to bring the vision of Dr. King’s Beloved Community to life through acts of kindness and organized service projects. 
 
We have inherited a big house, a great "world house" in which we have to live together - black and white, Easterners and Westerners, Gentiles and Jews, Catholics and Protestants, Moslem and Hindu, a family unduly separated in ideas, culture, and interests who, because we can never again live without each other, must learn, somehow, in this one big world, to live with each other.
 
 
17 January - 20 June 2017
Online Certificate on Education for Sustainable Development
Earth Charter International Professional Development Programme
 
 

The Interfaith Climate Group presents

CLIMATE JUSTICE CONVERSATION and ACTION

SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 3:00-5:00 PM

WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Community Building

1521 N.W. 34th Street, Gainesville

Dr. Mark Clark, University of Florida Associate Professor
and Extension Specialist on Wetlands and Water Quality, will speak on
“Managing water quantity and quality in South Florida:
| A complex issue in a complex landscape in a changing climate”

Refreshments and Discussion follow the talk.

Learn how you can be an advocate for CLIMATE JUSTICE IN FLORIDA!
For more information, contact Alice Primack <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

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2017-18 University of Florida's Climate Conversation
The Interfaith Climate Group and Martin Luther King Commission of Florida support the University of Florida's Climate Conversation.

 This is the great new problem of mankind. We have inherited a big house, a great "world house" in which we have to live together - black and white, Easterners and Westerners, Gentiles and Jews, Catholics and Protestants, Moslem and Hindu, a family unduly separated in ideas, culture, and interests who, because we can never again live without each other, must learn, somehow, in this one big world, to live with each other. 
 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Nobel Peace Prize Lecture, 1964

Beloved Community Climate Justice Conversation and Action series
- contact Alice <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for locations and times

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“The World is Dying and We’re Filming It”

6 PMDecember 11, 2016

The Wooly, 20 North Main Street

Gainesville, FL

Please join us for a free screening of fourteen original short films by the students of UF instructor Lauren DeFilippo’s Fall 2016 course “Creating the Cinema of Climate Change.” 

Rather than approaching climate change as a scientific, political, or policy problem, the students of “Creating the Cinema of Climate Change” were tasked with reframing environmental crisis as a moral and creative challenge. Over the course of the semester students considered how best we may respond to the realities of changing climate, collectively and as individuals. This requires not only scientific and technical resolve but also artistic invention and a re-evaluation of many of the cultural narratives that shape our consciousness. The students’ films demonstrate our need to find better ways to tell new stories fitted to the world in which we live and the world to come.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers.

“The World is Dying And We’re Filming It” is free and open to the public. No advance registration is required. For more information, see the “Imagining Climate Change” WWW site, http://imagining-climate.clas.ufl.edu.

 
 
 
 
 
February 23-25, 2017 
Third Annual Florida Interfaith Climate Action Network
​ Assembly
at First United Methodist Church, Orlando
Contact: The Rev. Dr. Russell L. Meyer, Florida Council of Churches <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
 
 
Together, let's do what we can't do on our own: 
create a world that works for all.
 

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