An Environment of Justice: Communities of Faith Responding to Climate Change

PA IPL’s 2016 Annual Conference
October 30 1:30 PM-5:00 PM
at Church of the Good Shepherd, 867 Grays Woods Blvd

The conference will bring together clergy and lay leaders of all faiths and none for a dynamic afternoon of nationally-recognized and behind-the-scenes movers and shakers.  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.  Read on to learn about our terrific keynote speaker, and look for a link at the end to browse past conferences.

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jalonne_white-newsome-107_5x7 - CopyjpegWe 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.

Climate change is one of the most pressing threats to the health of our communities, our cities and our nation.  The negative impacts of our changing climate are often felt by low income communities, and communities of color, whom are, in most cases, faced with multiple environmental insults on a daily basis.  As we acknowledge the 25th anniversary of the crafting of the Principles of Environmental Justice, the time is now to build awareness, to acknowledge the inequities, and encourage a movement that can facilitate a path towards building not only physical resilience to climate change, but enhance the spiritual resilience of faith and community leaders across the country.

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 help ensure that the concerns of low-income, communities of color were integrated into federal policy, particularly on clean air, climate change and health issues.

A native of Detroit, Jalonne earned a Ph.D. in environmental health sciences from the University of Michigan School of Public Health; a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Southern Methodist University; and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University. She currently serves on the board of US Climate Action Network and was recognized by Grist Magazine as “The 50 People You’ll Be Talking About in 2016.”  Jalonne’s career has spanned many sectors, private industry, government, non-profit, academia and now philanthropy.  She is a professional lecturer at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and an adjunct professor at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan.

Jalonne is also an active member of her Baptist church, teaching Sunday school, and serving as a deacon.


Mark your calendar for October 30, and come to the conference!  You’ll leave inspired, energized, and newly connected with other Pennsylvanians who are reaching out in faith to act on climate change.  You’ll add new skills and ideas to your toolbox for adapting for your own work and contexts — we hope in collaboration with PA IPL.  We’re totally excited.  Don’t miss it.  Gather a van-full of registrants from your area and let us know as soon as you can — we’ll apply for transportation funding for your group.


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