38th Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer Retreat for Social Justice
The Climate Crisis and New York Faith Communities
Thursday, October 8th, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm EDT
Faith-Based Perspectives on Climate Change
From left to right:
Imam Saffet Catovic, Co-Founder and Chair
Green Muslims of New Jersey
Rick Chavolla, Board Chair
American Indian Community House
Gopal D. Patel, Co-Founder and Director
Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, Founder and CEO
Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action
New York City Sustainability on Climate Change
From left to right:
Karenna Gore, Founder and Director
The Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary
Peggy Shepard, Co-Founder and Executive Director
WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Daniel Zarrilli, Chief Climate Policy Advisor and OneNYC Director
NYC Office of the Mayor
The climate crisis poses an existential threat to New York City, and indeed to our entire world. Global warming, sea-level rise, devastating storms, and the many other effects of carbon pollution are an imminent threat to public health, food and water security, and the sustainable development of human societies. Marginalized communities in New York and elsewhere are uniquely vulnerable, as they face a future of displacement and dislocation. With the United States posed to withdraw from landmark climate treaties, it is more critical than ever for local leaders to work together on real solutions. In 2013, New York City adopted the OneNYC 2050 strategic plan, to secure the city’s future and confront the climate crisis, for example by achieving carbon neutrality and 100% clean electricity. Real progress has been made in the past seven years, but there’s more for all New Yorkers to do, and faith leaders have a unique role to play.
In all of our diverse religious traditions, faith-based eco-justice organizations have taken up the ministry of environmental stewardship – caring for the earth and its creatures, out of their abiding love for both creation and creator. But too many faith communities and congregations have been slow to address the climate crisis. This conference will catalyze much-needed action, by exploring the role of faith-based organizations in confronting the climate crisis. Why we will ask, is combating climate change a moral imperative according to diverse faith traditions? How does this essential work intersect with efforts to promote racial and economic justice? How can faith leaders spark discussions of the climate crisis in their own congregations, among policymakers, and in the broader society?
For detailed information and registration, visit interfaithcenter.org/mmr38.
Contact Hanadi Doleh at [email protected] with any questions.
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