World Religion Day 2014
The Interfaith Climate Group hosted a gathering to discuss the climate crisis. More than 40 people attended the event at the Gainesville Garden Club on January 26. The purpose was to explore how people of faith can respond to a warming world and changing climate.
Five speakers shared scripture from the Holy Books of their faiths, and read portions of climate statements put out in recent years by their religious organizations at the national and international level.
Then they shared their experience with organizations that are actively working on climate issues:
- Quaker Earthcare Witness - Sandy Lyon and local Quakers are involved in direct action to reduce their impact on the Earth.
- GreenFaith Certification Program - Karen Deeter and friends at B'nai Israel have committed to this two-year program for environmental leadership.
- Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice - John X Linnehan lives on the Sustainable Living Center in Hampton, FL. The Florida Coalition teaches about climate change and the Earth Charter at their Peace Education Center.
- Citizens Climate Lobby - Bob Tancig told about the activities of this national organization, which works for the political will for a climate solutions.
- Interfaith Climate Group - Sue Blythe and friends who took a climate change course reached out to the faith community to address climate issues. This resulted in the workshop series, Building Community in a Changing Climate. This parallels Sue's FutureFlash! Climate Challenge, in development with UF's PK Yonge Developmental Research School.
In small groups, participants discussed other activities already happening in the Gainesville area, and considered ways we can support each other's efforts.
The Interfaith Climate Group will host three more workshop gatherings this year:
- April - Earth Day
- June - Earth Charter Anniversary
- September - Universal Day of Peace
They offered a website and Facebook page and telephone tree to continue the conversation.
On September 30, 2013, in News, by Robert Stockman
Building Community in a Changing Climate
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.
September 30, 2013, in Baha'i News, by Robert Stockman
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.
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.
Resources and activities
for children, youth, adults and elders
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.
The Interfaith Climate Group presents
CLIMATE JUSTICE CONVERSATION and ACTION
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!
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
“The World is Dying and We’re Filming It”
The Wooly, 20 North Main Street
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.
create a world that works for all.
11 Days of Global Unity – 11 Ways to Transform Your World is a worldwide platform for the promotion of peace, justice, sustainability and transformation that annually includes as many as 700 associated events in over 60 countries around the world
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