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Climate Change & Faith

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What can we do?
Climate crisis news is all around us. What does it mean? How should people of faith respond? You may find answers in this series of three events, to be held in November at two different locations on Bainbridge Island. This is your opportunity to interact with experts on this timely topic and hopefully take away practical ideas for action to address climate change.
For more information contact Bruce McCain, bbmccain@comcast.net.
Sunday, November 10, 11 a.m. – Bethany Lutheran*
Doug Olson, retired Woodward Middle School science teacher and Bethany member, will introduce the topic of “Climate Change and Faith.” He, along with retired NOAA scientist Bruce McCain, will focus on the ELCA faith position on climate change. They will also present some basics about what climate change is to set the stage.
Sunday, November 17, 11 am – Bethany Lutheran*
Merry Cockroft, a North Kitsap High School senior and member of Grace Church, has attended the Gore Climate Reality Leadership Corps. She will present a shortened version of that experience, how climate change impacts poor communities and communities of color, as well as speaking about why she is so committed to this, and what actions she has taken in her school. She will share tips on how adults can be allies to the youth movement and support climate activism.
Sunday, November 24, 7 p.m. – Grace Church**
Speakers will be Dr. Gary Lagerloef of Bainbridge Island, physical oceanographer and founder of Earth and Space Research, and Dr. Robert Bindschadler of Quilcene, retired NASA glaciologist, whose career focused on understanding behavior of glaciers and ice sheets in Earth’s environment. Their talks will focus on recent findings in their respective environmental specialties—glaciers and ice sheet melt (Robert) and oceans (Gary). Both speakers will also share their experience and recommendations from local activism, including the Citizens’ Climate Advisory Committee for the City of Bainbridge Island (Gary). Gary can also speak to how to discuss this topic with people of a very different mindset.
* Bethany Lutheran: 7968 Finch Road NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
** Grace Episcopal: 8595 NE Day Rd., Bainbridge Island, WA 98110