2016 Eco-Justice Workshops

 

Border and Trade Justice in the Americas

Saturday, Apr 16, 2016, 1:45 pm

Co-Sponsored by the Eco-Justice and Latin American/Caribbean Workshop Areas

This workshop will help connect the dots between U.S. imports of bio-fuels, GMOs, the drug war, hunger, and migration.

Speakers:

  • Luis Cabrales, ActionAid USA
  • Representatives from the Caravan for Peace, Life, and Justice

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Rights, Development and Democracy

Saturday, Apr 16, 2016, 1:45 pm

Co-Sponsored by Africa, Eco-Justice, and Global Economic Justice Workshop Areas

Many countries have looked to the extractive industries and large-scale investment projects as economic drivers of development. But often this “development” locks out the voices the people affected, violates the rights of local communities and leaves large scars on the face of the earth. Hear stories from activists globally and in the U.S. who are opposing large scale investment projects and working for democratic solutions and a rights-based approach to development that serves God’s people and Creation.

Speakers:

  • Conrado Olivera, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Joining Hands Against Hunger
  • Aniedi Okure, Africa Faith and Justice Network
  • Sister Mary Pendergast, Ecology Director for Sisters of Mercy of the Northeast
  • Gretchen Gordon, Coalition for Human Rights in Development

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Environmental Justice & Voting Rights

Saturday, Apr 16, 2016, 3:30 pm

How do racial justice and environmental issues intersect? The speakers in this workshop will tell you: everywhere. Join this workshop to learn some fundamental principles of an environmental justice lens. We’ll unveil some of the systems that suppress democratic participation by communities disproportionately burdened by pollution. You’ll also hear from a Michigan pastor about being an environmental justice ally by fostering sacred conversations on race.

Speakers:

  • Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Public Witness
  • Jacqui Patterson, NAACP
  • Rev. Dr. Terry Gallagher, United Church of Christ

Moderator: Shantha Ready Alonso, Creation Justice Ministries

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Global Climate Justice: Ensuring the Wealthiest Countries are Doing Their Share

Saturday, Apr 16, 2016, 3:30 pm

In 2015, 190 nations gathered at the COP 21 international climate negotiations brokered the Paris Agreement. The process was not easy. Learn from faith advocates who were present in Paris. They will share what is at stake for some of the countries with the fewest financial resources and the most severe climate damage. Learn how to stand for climate justice by supporting climate finance policies such as the Green Climate Fund.

Speakers:

  • John Hill, General Board of Church and Society, United Methodist Church
  • Global South speaker to be confirmed
  • Kara Ball, Blessed Tomorrow / EcoAmerica

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Proposals for Sustainable Development (Left out of) the Northern Triangle Plan for Prosperity

Saturday, Apr 16, 2016, 3:30 pm

The Alliance for Prosperity Plan for the Northern Triangle of Central America is being marketed as the solution to the development needs and the recent surge of migration from the region. But we should ask, the solution for whom? The plan includes large-scale development projects that exclude the poor and indigenous population and threaten to leave them more marginalized and vulnerable. This workshop will discuss how instead of using its foreign aid to fund such projects, the United States can work to support human-centered, sustainable, long-term development that addresses the concerns of local civil society organizations.

Speakers:

  • Kelsey Alford-Jones, Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA
  • Sister Ann Braudis, M.M.
  • Miriam Miranda, Fraternal Black Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH); 
  • Member of the Caravan for Peace, Life, and Justice (invited)

Sponsors: Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA, Latin America Working Group Education Fund, Caravan for Peace, Life, and Justice

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Living “Laudato Si'”: Pathways Toward Courageous Action for a Culture of Care

Sunday, Apr 17, 2016, 2:00 pm

We will explore Pope Francis’ call for “courageous actions and strategies, aimed at implementing a “culture of care” and “an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature.” Join us for a discussion on how to incorporate these values into our own lives and communities to build an economy of inclusion that respects all of creation, including the most vulnerable.

Speakers:

  • Sister Ann Braudis, MM, Maryknoll Sisters
  • Fr. Michael Crosby OFM Cap, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
  • Janet Redmon, Institute for Policy Studies

Moderator: Rhett Engelking, Franciscan Earth Corps

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The Clean Power Plan: Advocating for Race and Class Equity in Your State

Sunday, Apr 17, 2016, 2:00 pm

At the 2015 COP 21 international climate summit in Paris, for the first time in world history, 190 nations came to an agreement to reduce pollution that damages our climate. The main tool for the United States to keep our pollution-cutting commitments is the Clean Power Plan. This year, the Clean Power Plan became mired in controversy, but in many places, it is still moving forward. The way states implement the Clean Power Plan could do a lot for race and class equity. Learn how you can impact the process.

Speakers:

  • Ruth Ivory-Moore, Creation Justice Ministries
  • Rev. Leo Woodberry, Kingdom Living Temple in South Carolina, Environmental Justice Leadership Forum member

Moderator: Shantha Ready Alonso

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