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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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
Jenny Holmes, Oregon Interfaith Power and Light, EMO
503-221-1054 ext. 214.
Faith community joins October 24 rally in Portland for international day
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
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
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
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