Drawdown: Solutions to Reverse Global Warming
What: Drawdown: Solutions to Reverse Global Warming
When: Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. (Gather at 8:30 a.m.)
Where: Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Rd., Prairie Village, KS
Who: The Environmental Action Committee of Village Prebyterian Church and Earthkeepers of Heartland Presbytery
Contact: Jerry Rees, 913-568-4250.
The Environmental Action Committee of Village Church and Eathkeepers of Heartland Presbytery are co-sponsoring the following workshop about Drawdown—the radical idea that we can actually reverse global warming by 2050 using existing technologies! (Link to www.drawdown.org .) The workshop leaders, Emily Libla and Rev. Helen Nelson, are well known environmentalists and social and eco-justice advocates. They presented a similar workshop on December 8 that attracted 130 local elected officials and community leaders from Kansas and Missouri that included mayors, council members, state senators, state reps, and 2 newly elected Johnson County Commissioners.
This workshop is designed to encourage a change in how we think about and respond to the threat of global warming and climate change. We will look at the very real possibility of reversing global warming and highlight the important role that each of us can play in creating that reality. In Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming (edited by Paul Hawken), a group of researchers from around the world identified and modeled the 100 most substantive solutions to address global warming, demonstrating that we don’t have to settle for simply slowing the rate of global warming. We can actually create a reversal of global warming by 2050 with existing technologies! We hope you’ll join us and be a part of the solution!
During the program, there will be time for participants to discuss and consider with people at their table specific options and resources that can be applied in their homes, workplaces, and faith communities. Participants will leave with practical, clear strategies for reversing global warming.
A recent U.S. Government report predicts that the accelerating consequences of global warming will become “horrific” in as few as 25 years, instead of the originally estimated 100 years. The Drawdown plan says we can prevent this if we all work diligently, beginning NOW!
Emily Libla has been active in promoting social justice and sustainable living for over 20 years. She is committed to changing the prevailing conversation about climate change and creating a surge of action to reverse the planetary warming that is responsible for the changes in our global climate. She is a member of the 350KC Planning Committee and a facilitator for the Awakening the Dreamer and Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown programs with The Pachamama Alliance. She is passionate about challenging the prevailing worldview of human separation. She believes that all life on this planet is sacred & interconnected, and that we all have an important role to play in building a sustainable, just, & healthy world.
Rev. Helen Nelson has volunteered with, created, and implemented environmental programs since 1977. She was a founding board member of The Little Blue River Watershed Coalition and is a former board chair of the Sustainable Sanctuary Coalition. She is the founding minister of Green Life Church, a newly forming progressive, inclusive, holistic community living out the gospel of Jesus Christ through health and wellness, peace and justice, and environmental sustainability. Rev. Nelson participated in the 2018 Kansas City pilot project for the Pachamama Alliance Drawdown training.
To get the most from this workshop, Emily and Helen suggest purchasing or borrowing the Drawdown book. Some but not all of the 80 solutions will be discussed during the first section of the workshop. For a full accounting of all solutions, you will need to reference the book Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.
There is no cost. Walk-ins are welcome. To register, call or text Jerry Rees at 913-568-4250.