1:45 – 2:45 Creation Care & Environmental Stewardship: Planting, Habitat Restoration, & the Removal of Invasive Species
Anna Awimbo, Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake
Ayia Lindquist, The Keystone 10 Million Trees Fellow at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation
An important part of the work of climate justice is the direct hands on work of stewardship. PA IPL along with Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation do quite a lot to tend to the garden of creation throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed, which covers nearly 2/3 of Pennsylvania from Scranton to Altoona, the New York border to the Mason Dixon. Through the planting of thousands of native species in natural areas, on personal property, and on congregational and public land the large scale work of creation care in Central Pennsylvania not only captures a carbon through sequestration but also encourages greater biodiversity and resilience in habitats for insects, animals, and birds as well. The watershed is not only one of the oldest water systems on the plant it is one with significant impact on the lives of millions who live within it. It is the artery feeding our state and region and we must act directly to care for it wherever and whenever we can.
3:00 – 4:00 How to Communicate a Faith Perspective in Climate Justice
Rev. Kate Heinzel, University Mennonite Church
Shewta Arya, Delaware Interfaith Power & Light
Rabbi Daniel Swartz, Temple Hesed of Scranton
Individuals and communities of faith and conscience have a moral and ethical responsibility to care of creation and one another. It is however often difficult to navigate the needs and politics of communities of faith. Communicating the importance of such large scale climate changes, combating disinformation, and mobilizing people of faith can be a tricky but ultimately impactful endeavor. Climate justice is social justice and each of us is called to create a better world today and for generations to come. Each of the speakers in this panel have come through their own faith journeys to work for climate justice and each, representing their own communities and organizations, need to convey the critical importance of the work in their own idiom. In addition to hearing their stories the speakers will lead a hands on workshop to discuss discuss with participants projects and paths forward in their own communities.