Join the United Church of Christ in caring for creation during the Easter to Pentecost season, from 01 April to 19 May.
Visit www.ucc.org/earth/ for general info and ways you can get your faith community involved in this effort.
Check back here for regular updates about events being scheduled in Hawaii.
Native Tree Planting: 27 April
Church of the Crossroads is sponsoring a native tree planting day at Na Pahaku o Hauwahine, part of the Kawainui Marsh state park reserve (pdf). To get involved in restoring this important natural and cultural site, sign up with the church office, 808-949-2220 or email Chuck Burrows, firstname.lastname@example.org
Climate Change Film Series: 04 April-09 May
Crossroads is also hosting a series of presentations and discussions during the months of April and May. Details of upcoming talks are below. Talks are on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 PM in Weaver Hall (map). These lecture presentations are FREE but donations can be given for refreshments and other expenses.For more information, contact the Crossroads main office at (808) 949-2220
Rob Kinslow, steering committee member of HIPL and recent Master of Science in Environmental Sustainability graduate will discuss concepts and plans for sustainable development.
Dr. Mark Eakin, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration coral ecosystems researcher and director of Coral Reef Watch will speak on "Climate Change, Ocean Acidification, and Potential Coral Extinctions".
Dr. Kati Corlew, Research Fellow with the Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments Program at the East-West Center will be speaking on "Tuvaluans Adapting to Climate Change due to Rising Sea Levels in the Pacific Ocean".
Dr. Travis Idol, Associate Professor of Tropical Forestry at the University of Hawaii-Maona, will be speaking on "Climate Change and Forest Conservation in Hawaii and Nepal: a study in contrasts".
Ted Peck, local energy efficiency and renewable energy expert and the former state energy administrator, will be speaking about how faith communities can navigate the process to installing a photovoltaic system on their campus. Come join us for this informative and exciting session!
Mark Duda, principal of Distributed Energy Partners and RevoluSun, will speak about renewable energy policy issues in Hawaii and how you can advocate effectively to promote a renewable energy future for Hawaii.
17 May (Friday):
Dr. Catherine Burton, a psychologist who worked with Permaculture Founder Bill Mollison to help establish EarthBank USA and who wrote The EarthBank Guide to Sustainable Economics will speak on "The Spirit of Change." In this interactive session, she will map out the principles of this whole-centered way of viewing life and show how this new paradigm is transforming every aspect of our lives as it heals and transforms our world. She will also describe how a spiritual process of change can produce miraculous changes and open up a whole new way of living as it did for those experiencing the Pentecost.
Viewing of the film, The Hungry Tide, followed by a panel discussion with experts from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The Hungry Tide follows the struggle of a woman from the island nation of Kiribati as she tries to alert the world to the literal drowning of her nation and people due to sea level rise caused by global warming and stay connected to her family, who increasingly needs her to support them. The discussion will include experts in sea level rise and the human impacts of global climate change and policy implications.