A panel discussion by local experts on the challenges and solutions that Massachusetts faces in dealing with the climate change crisis.
When: Monday, September 15th, 7-9pm
Where: Common Street Church, 13 Common Street, Natick, MA (See map below)(NOTE NEW VENUE)
Keneth Weiss of 350MA. Kenneth Weiss will update us about the destructive projects the fossil fuel industry is working on and that we need to stop. He will also cover the growth of renewables and share examples of encouraging projects. He was part of the team that started up the Metrowest Node of 350 in Massachusetts. .350 Massachusetts, a Better Future Project, (“350MA”) is a thriving, volunteer-led, statewide movement to address the urgency of the climate crisis.
Rev. Ian Mevorach of the Common St. Church. Climate Change Activist: Rev. Mevorach has been active in the planning for the upcoming People’s Climate March in NYC and will offer us his insights on the importance of this event. Rev. Ian Mevorach, founding pastor of Common Street Community Church, has a long history of engagement with eco-justice movement, especially through faith-based organizations and 350.org. Common Street and its members are active in eco-justice causes. He is the author of “Stewards of Creation: A Christian Calling for Today’s Ecological Crisis” in For Such a Time as This: Young Adults on the Future of the Church (Judson, 2014). He represents the American Baptist Churches on the board of Creation Justice Ministries, a national ecumenical environmental advocacy coalition. Rev. Mevorach is a PhD candidate in Theological Ethics at Boston University, and is working on a dissertation in the field of ecological theology and ethics. He is currently teaching a course at Emmanuel College in Boston titled, “Religion and the Environment: Ethical Explorations.”
Terra Friedrichs: Socially Conscious Business Consultant and Legislative Activist: How corporate money and influence shape politics in ways that impact climate and environment. and how to leverage municipal government to reduce carbon footprint. What towns are doing to protect their towns–across the nation and in Massachusetts–both to protect their own towns and the wider community from corporate destruction, including reducing their carbon footprint, divesting, and/or prohibiting certain “land uses” and/or products such as chemicals and plastics. Terra Friedrichs, ex-elected official (Selectman, Acton), small business owner and concerned citizen. She speaks around the state on these matters, sharing what she’s learned with public officials and other concerned citizens.
Rob Rand. Western Massachusetts Pipeline Activist:
What Else?: Light refreshments will be served. Ample parking on street and municipal parking lot (Church St.).
Show Your Support
As many of you know, there is a giant climate mobilization–The People’s Climate March–planned for September 21st in New York City. The same time that heads of state will be holding a summit on climate change. Climate activists and others who care about our planet will be converging in the Big Apple to make a giant statement and demand for action about the climate threat (based on our addiction to fossil fuels) that is facing humanity and our fellow travelers on Planet Earth.
We are offering this evening’s event in support for and in resonance with the march. There are (inexpensive) buses leaving from many locations in MA. We hope that many of you will choose to get on the bus and join the march (tickets and information here).