Between Heaven and Earth: Faithfully Responding to Climate Change
Thank you to all who joined Ohio Interfaith Power & Light, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and Bexley- Seabury Seminary for this engaging evening (October 24, 2013) of conversation highlighting the life-changing experiences of climate scientist Dr. Lonnie Thompson of the OSU Byrd Polar Research Center and a dialogue with an interfaith panel and audience.
Our thanks to the interfaith panel participants:
Dr. Gregory Hitzhusen, Moderator, OhIPL Board Chairperson
Dr. Lonnie Thompson, OSU Byrd Polar Research Center
Pastor Mark Diemer, Grace of God Lutheran Church; Convener, Southern Ohio Synod, Columbus Conference
Dr. Yosef Khan, OSU College of Medicine; Muslim Chaplain OSU Wexner Medical Center
Rabbi Michael Ungar, Congregation Tiferith Israel, Columbus
To listen to the AUDIO of the Presentation, click here. (the download could take a moment)
An offering was taken to support Interfaith Power and Light’s ongoing Carbon Covenant project to plant 3,000,000 trees on Kilimanjaro. This project works to rehabilitate an ecosystem ravaged by deforestation for the betterment of wildlife and the local community. The project takes place in the same area where the downtown Columbus “Capitol Square Rotary” and the Byrd Polar Research Center are working to educate local people in climate change adaptation. While Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, is an iconic symbol of climate change, these two projects do little to stop climate change but rather prepare local peoples, living on the margins, for the coming changes. Sadly, the peoples around Mount Kilimanjaro will bear the brunt of a changing climate which they had little to no part in creating but rather was caused by emissions from the developed world. For more information, click here.