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2016 Annual Conference: An Environment of Justice

Join us on the afternoon of October 30 for our 2016 statewide annual conference, An Environment of Justice.  Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome of the Kresge Foundation will offer the keynote presentation, as well as one of 9 remarkable workshops.  She has shared her keynote teaser and workshop objectives with us, and we’re pleased to share them with you (title above, more on the conference page.)

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Everyday Ethics: Environmental Justice

Originally published Rock Ethics Institute screenshot logoby the Rock Ethics Institute of the Pennsylvania State University.  Written by Dr. Jon Brockopp, director of the Initiative on Religion and Ethics for the Institute.  Published at the Centre Daily Times on October 28, 2016

Environmental Justice

We Americans like to think of ourselves as an ethical people. For generations, our presidents have referred to America as the “shining city on a hill” and “the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world.” We pledge allegiance to a flag that stands for “liberty and justice for all.”

That word “all” is key. If our lofty declarations are to have any meaning, then justice must be available for everyone, including the vulnerable and the oppressed.

The difficulty is not with the principle of the thing – pretty much everyone I know would move quickly to correct an injustice if, say, they accidentally mowed over a neighbor’s prized peonies. The difficulty is in the fact that acts of injustice often happen out of sight.

Whatever else the Black Lives Matter movement has accomplished, it has clearly shown how hard it is to see injustice happening in our own country.

For example, in almost 30 years of driving, I’ve hardly ever been pulled over by a police officer, and I’ve certainly never had one pull a gun on me. That’s why I found the video of Walter Scott being shot in the back while running away from officer Michael Slager so shocking. As a middle-aged white man, I’ve never seen anything like this. I could hardly believe it was real.

Black Lives Matter helps us to see systemic racism, discriminatory actions that are simply built into the system. Now that I know, I must respond, because I’m willing to work hard to ensure that ours is a moral society. But other forms of injustice are just as hard to see.

Like most Americans, I am an energy hog. Just in living out my normal life of heating my house, driving my car, and flying out to visit my elderly parents, I pollute the atmosphere. No big deal, right? Everyone does it, right?

Well, [keep reading and see how it connects to our 2016 Annual Conference: An Environment of Justice]

RADIO interview: Keynote speaker Dr. Jalonne White-Newsome on the Morning Mixtape

dj_jason-crane1jalonne_white-newsome-107_5x7 - CopyjpegJason Crane will interview our 2016 conference keynote speaker Dr. Jalonne White-Newsome after the first song at the 8:00 hour.

You can  LISTEN ONLINE, live!

Learn more about the conference, REGISTER (and show up on Sunday afternoon, October 30th!).  Share the event in your networks on Facebook.

RSVP and come to the Habitat Restoration Work Party on Saturday afternoon October 29th.

Listen to a Morning Mixtape interview Jason did with Alison at the end of September.

Climate Change: The Path to Inner Resilience

Join us  for our 2016 statewide annual conference, An untitled-designEnvironment of Justice.  Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome of the Kresge Foundation will offer the keynote presentation Climate Change: The Path to Inner Resilience, as well as one of 9 remarkable workshops.  Jalonne has shared her keynote description and workshop objectives with us, and we’re pleased to share them with you.

Sunday, October 30th
1:30 PM-5:30 PM
(Green Fair Reception and registration begin at 1:00)
at the Church of the Good Shepherd
867 Grays Woods Blvd, State College, PA 16870
PRE-registration is now closed, but you can REGISTER AT THE DOOR ($20)


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Our Annual Conference 2016 – Sunday, October 30th – in State College – Keynote Speaker Announced!

We are delighted that Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome will be offering the keynote presentation at our 2016 Annual Conference, ‘An Environment of Justice,’ Sunday, October 30th, in State College.   Dr. White-Newsome will be speaking on ‘Climate Change: The Path to Inner Resilience.’  jalonne_white-newsome-107_5x7 - Copyjpeg

Our conference this year celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Principles of Environmental Justice, and the growing awareness of the intersection of racism, economic justice, and care for our common home in a time of rapid climate change.

Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome is senior program officer at The Kresge Foundation, responsible for the Environment Program’s grant portfolio on sustainable water resources management in a changing climate. Jalonne also leads the foundation’s work addressing the intersection of climate change and public health.   Before joining Kresge, Jalonne served as director of federal policy at WE ACT for Environmental Justice, a community based, environmental justice organization, where she was involved with leading national campaigns to Continue reading

Hope in the Age of the Climate Crisis: Finding our Moral Compass

I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.
 -Pope Francis, ‘Laudato Si – On Care for Our Common Home”

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