Forum covers religious response to climate change

October 26, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Forum will host climate change activist Bill McKibben, along with four clergy of different faiths, at an event geared to building a climate change plan this Sunday.

“Bill McKibben may be the world’s foremost activist and scholar on global climate change,” Coordinator for the Jamaica Plain Forum Greg Buckland told the Gazette. “Climate Change can be a staggering issue, affecting potentially every aspect of our lives, and dramatically affecting our children and grandchildren. In the face of this, it is vital that we maintain hope, determination, and engage real, measurable action to put us on a different course.”

McKibben, founder of the international movement 350.org, is expected to join Sr. Alice Laffey of Holy Cross; Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, president of the Mass. Conference of the United Church of Christ; Rabbi Katy Allen of Ma’yan Tikvah in Wayland; and Rt. Rev. Bud Cederholm, Bishop Suffragan, (retired) of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts on Oct. 28 at First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist at 6 Eliot St.

This will mark the tenth anniversary celebration of Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light, a non-profit aimed at providing a religious response to climate change by helping faith communities reduce their carbon footprints and energy bills, and by promoting public policies that will lead to a sustainable future.

“This event will be a chance to convene concerned citizens, find inspiration, and move forward together,” Buckland added.

Aside from a 45-minute talk with the speakers, the event will include a sustainability fair and facilitated breakout groups.

For more information on the event, see jamaicaplainforum.org.