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HUNTINGDON — Riparian Zone Work Party

MEET: in the far end of the parking lot past the playing fields at Detweiler Park, 400 Standing Stone Road, Huntingdon, PA.

SUPPLIES: Dress to get dirty. Gloves and clippers provided, or bring your own. If weather is too dangerous or wet, Greg will cancel. Call to confirm.

THE PROJECT: Standing Stone Creek’s riparian zone needs the protection of native plants so we’re removing non-natives.Detweiler Riparian Nature Trail progress

LEADERSHIP: The project is led by Greg Williams, a PA IPL board member with decades of environmental education and habitat care experience. Greg also leads work parties at Walnut Springs Park in State College and on the Lower Trail, where 35 different people have logged almost 200 hours of work. Get on our email list and get updates. Greg invites church and community groups to join us or contact him and he’ll organize a work party just for your group.Detweiler Riparian image

RSVP: to Greg at 215.242.0854 or wacmbook@aol.com

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Lots of climate work can be pretty conceptual and long-developing. In these work parties, by contrast, we will do physical work that actually improves resilience in the face of climate change.

These work parties are part of the work of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light, (paipl.us). We also pray, educate, advocate, weatherize, and bring a moral and religious perspective to climate change through the work of over 50 church communities and other individuals.

everywhere and PHILADELPHIA area: Global Earth Exchange

Ellen Weaver and Alison Cornish will be offering a Global Earth Exchange opportunity (explained below) at the edge of Carpenter Woods, South Mt. Pleasant between Greene and Ellet Streets, on Saturday, June 17th, 4:00 pm.  All are welcome! (0r, feel free to create your own Exchange event wherever you are … just remember to register it here!

Every year, on the Saturday closest to the Summer Solstice, Radical Joy for Hard Times sponsors the Global Earth Exchange.  This is how they describe the Exchange:

No matter where we live, there are places we love that have fallen on hard times: rivers that are polluted, meadows paved over to make a mall… even the tree in your own backyard killed by invasive insects.

 There are many ways to make a little beauty for a wounded place. You can sing for it, bow to it, say a prayer for it. You can hug a tree, place flowers on the locked gate of a contaminated site, or paint a picture of this wounded place.

 You can give your gift of beauty to this place alone or with a group. You can do it spontaneously or plan weeks in advance. You don’t need to be an artist, you don’t need to haul in materials, you don’t need to mobilize. There are many ways to make beauty for a wounded place and, as we like to say, 10 Ways You Can’t Do It Wrong!

 Click here for the Toolkit, filled with ideas and information for making beauty at a wounded place you care about.

One way to give beauty to a place is to do a simple process called an Earth Exchange.

These are the 5 suggested steps of an Earth Exchange:

  1. Go, alone or with friends, to a wounded place.
  2. Sit awhile and share your stories about what the place means to you.
  3. Get to know the place as it is now.
  4. Share with the others what you discovered.
  5. Make a simple gift of beauty—often a bird made of materials the place itself provides