The Climate Change Crisis: Watch, participate, engage

Live webcast on March 24 kick off to 30 Days of Action

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Climate Change Crisis, presented by the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society on March 24, will address one of the most significant topics in today’s society.

The 90-minute live webcast will originate from Campbell Hall Episcopal School, North Hollywood, CA, in partnership with Bishop J. Jon Bruno and the Diocese of Los Angeles.

The Climate Change Crisis will begin 11 am Pacific. The webcast will be viewable here.

There are many ways to participate, engage, and get involved.

Meet the participants
• The forum will be moderated by well-known climatologist Fritz Coleman of KNBC 4 television news.

• Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will present the keynote address.

• Two panels, each 30 minutes, will focus on specific areas of the climate change crisis: Regional Impacts of Climate Change; and Reclaiming Climate Change as a Moral Issue.

• Panelists: Bishop Marc Andrus, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California He has made climate change a focus of his episcopacy; Princess Daazhraii Johnson, former Executive Director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee, one of the oldest Indigenous non-profit groups in Alaska focused on protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge;  Dr. Lucy Jones, seismologist with the US Geological Survey and a Visiting Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech since 1983; Mary D.  Nichols, J.D., Chairman of the California Air Resources Board.

• Facilitator’s Guide located here.

• Submit questions for the forum here  or write to publicaffairs@episcopalchurch.org

30 Days of Action
In addition to stimulating conversation and raising awareness about The Climate Change Crisis, the live webcast will serve as the kickoff to 30 Days of Action. A range of activities developed by the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society are offered for individuals and congregations to understand the environmental crisis. The activities will culminate on Earth Day, April 22.

• 30 Days of Action located here.

Additional resources
• Information located here.

• Tweeting Climate Change Crisis: #EpiscopalForum

• Tweeting 30 Days of Action:  #Episcopal#30Days

• Bulletin Insert here.

The forum
• There is no fee to view the live webcast. The webcast will be viewable here.

• Registration is not required for the live webcast.

• Questions can be emailed starting now and during the live webcast; submit questions here or send questions to publicaffairs@episcopalchurch.org.

• The forum will be available on-demand following the live webcast.

• The forum is ideal for live group watching and discussion, or on-demand viewing later.  It will be appropriate for Sunday School, discussions groups, and community gatherings.

The event supports Mark 5 of the Anglican Communion’s Marks of Mission: To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth. Anglican Five Marks of Mission are here. The Five Marks of Mission form the basis for the triennial budget of The Episcopal Church adopted by the 77th General Convention in July 2012.

The event is one of the aspects of commemorating The Episcopal Church’s 150th year of parish ministry in Southern California.

For more information contact Neva Rae Fox, Public Affairs Officer for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, publicaffairs@episcopalchurch.org.

Episcopal News Service will provide coverage of the event and the climate change issue.

Comments

  1. Ron Davin says:

    I hope they will be specific and definitive on the topic, so we will know when we have reached the goal. . For instance, we had a number of days around Boston near minus 3 degrees, and that apparently is not cold enough. Will we have reached our goal at minus 5 next year, or do we have to go to minus 19 degrees. Because of the global climate theory we have shut down 2 local coal electric plants, with the resulting raise of our rates 20-30 %. Should we try for 40% increase next year ? Where should the people come up with the money to cover these costs ? Give less to the church and charities ? Cut down on carbon emissions by having church every other week ? Should those churches that cover the rectors utility bills withdraw this benefit so clergy can more actively participate in the funding ? Just wondering.

  2. Doug Desper says:

    In the early 1970s the “settled science” announced that the world was entering a new ice age Walter Kronkite and Time Magazine’s cover put that up front for awhile. Then in the 90s it was global warming complete with Al Gore announcing that the earth’s core is “millions” of degrees – which it isn’t. Now the “settled science” has moved from that to climate change. Ok, let’s go with that until we don’t. I get it. We want to conserve and promote best stewardship and care of the earth. Why don’t we just promote that instead of hitching onto the latest announcements of settled science — which clearly proved to not be so settled?

  3. Robert Ricker says:

    There is a link at National Geographic which indicates that the polar caps on Mars are melting:
    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/02/070228-mars-warming.html. Is that man made?
    This article is an example of how The Episcopal Church has become an official wing of the hard left in this country. They wonder why the pews are empty.

  4. Richard Brudzynski says:

    I usually think of climate change as a public policy issue rather than a moral one. Nevertheless, this Forum highlighted for me the serious moral issues raised by climate change for people of faith.

  5. This is fantastic. Thanks so much.

    So a few factual things to note on what was said
    1 if we stop our emissions now the sea levels will be halted… No. We are going to get 15 – 20ft pretty much for certain. Maybe more.
    2 Poor people will suffer the most. Everyone is going to suffer apart from a ver small rich minority. The poor will suffer first. They are already. But as drought kicks in everyone is involved. Re California, Brazil.. San Palo, Syria, Pakistan etc. Its going to be pretty ugly. But thats what its going to be and we have to manage.

  6. The reason why rich oil n gas companies don’t switch to renewables is because… there is no money to be made in renewables. Once everyone starts to produce there own energy there is very little room for utilities and gas companies.

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