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Dear Bridge City Friends,

This email contains background information for an item which the Peace & Social Concerns Committee will be bringing to our upcoming Business Meeting (October 18th). We urge individual Friends to participate in the "Portland 350 Climate Action Rally" on October 24th and will also propose that BCFM contribute $100 as a co-sponsor. The forwarded email below gives background information. If you are able to give this some attention ahead of time, it will help facilitate our consideration at Business Meeting.

Also, as further background, you might be interested in looking at the following a video clip from Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org and author of The End of Nature and Deep Economy. Go to: http://moraleconomy.org/events_symposium.html and scroll down to the second video, which is a talk by Bill McKibben about the 350.org project, remotely sent to the Quaker Institute for the Future's symposium launching the book Right Relationship.

And, of course, there is plenty more information at www.350.org.

Thanks, Tom Head

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From: inec
Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2009 18:06:19 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [climateandfaith] October 24, International Day of Climate Action-Please Help Spread the Word in Your Congregation or Faith/Spiritual Group

Dear Friend of Oregon Interfaith Power and Light,
Please get the word out to your group or congregation about the Portland 350 Climate Action Rally on Saturday, October 24. If you congregation has a weekly bulletin, Wednesday would be a good time to get it to the person who edits it so that the word can get out in your congregation. There is only one weekend left to get the word out in a timely way. We could also use more co-sponsors to cover the remaining $1000 out of a $3,000 budget to hold the rally at Pioneer Square.

Thanks for your help! Sincerely, The OIPL 350 Team.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 12, 2009

Contacts: Munro Sickafoose, 350 Portland Organizer, OIPL 970-477-5105 info@350oregon.org

Jenny Holmes, Oregon Interfaith Power and Light, EMO
503-221-1054 ext. 214.
jholmes@emoregon.org

Faith community joins October 24 rally in Portland for international day of action

WHAT: Climate action and awareness rally
WHEN: Saturday, October 24, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland, Ore.

Concerned people of faith will join with other Oregonians from all over the Portland area on Saturday, October 24, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Pioneer Courthouse Square to support strong global action on climate change on the International Day of Climate Action. The rally will include music, reflections by faith leaders, dance, art and speakers and the formation of a human 350 that fills the square.

The invocation for the rally will be provided by Rabbi Michael Cahana, Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth Israel. Sr. Pat Nagle, a delegate for the World Council of Churches to the United Nations Climate Conference to be held in Copenhagen in early December, highlight justice issues at stake in a new climate treaty. Wajdi Said of Muslim Educational Trust will give a closing blessing. Paul Lumley of the Yakima Nation and Director of the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission will share a tribal perspective on climate and global warming and the salmon. A Japanese drumming groups and Julianne Jones, aclaimed gospel singer, will perform.

The Portland 350 Climate Action Rally will coincide with similar actions all over the world as part of the 350 campaign. 350 is an international campaign dedicated to building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis. Its focus is on the number 350—as in parts per million, the level scientists have identified as the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere. Currently this number is about 387 and 350 is a symbol of where we need to head as a planet.

Oregon Interfaith Power & Light, a project of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Climate Solutions, Bob’s Red Mill, St. Luke Lutheran Church of Portland, Interfaith Council of Greater Portland, Hawthorne Auto and a growing number of local businesses, congregations and non-profits are sponsoring the event.

Streaming into the rally will be the 350 Coastal Climate Walk, a bike ride from SE Portland and a march of local businesses from the Portland Farmers’ Market. Congregations and faith groups are encouraged to bring banners and signs with their congregation name and why they care.

Information on other Oregon climate actions and how to get involved can be found at www.350oregon.org, and the web site of the international movement is www.350.org.

Several national denominational bodies and faith groups are endorsing the 350 initiative including the Presbyterian Church, USA Environmental Ministries; Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth; United Church Christ; Interfaith Power and Light, Interfaith Declaration on Climate Change; Christian Aid; A Rocha and Religious Witness for Earth. The Dali Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have also officially endorsed the 350 campaign.

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