Join us in coming together with people of faith and community members across Virginia to engage in a deep conversation about environmental justice. As we work together to repair our damaged climate, we must make sure that everyone most impacted — including low-income people, people of color, the vulnerable, and those on the frontlines — are part of every solution.
The 2019 Virginia Climate Crisis Forum, hosted by Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions, will focus on climate justice in Virginia. The forum will be moderated by William Barber, III, and Karenna Gore.
The forum is open to the public and free of charge. Space is limited. Doors open at 7 PM.
Karla Bruce, Chief Equity Officer, Fairfax County
Karen Campblin, Virginia State Conference NAACP, Environmental and Climate Justice, Chair
Andrea Miller, Virginia Poor People’s Campaign and Executive Director of People Demanding Action
Dawone Robinson, Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Director of Energy Affordability for the Natural Resources Defense Council
Melody Zhang, Climate Justice Campaign Coordinator at Sojourners and Co-Chair of Young Evangelicals for Climate Action
About the forum’s moderators: William Barber, III, is the Strategic Partnerships Associate at The Climate Reality Project. He is the son of Rev. Dr. William Barber, II. Karenna Gore is the founding director of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary. She is the eldest daughter of former Vice President Al Gore.
Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions invites nonprofits, organizations and government agencies to table at the Virginia Climate Crisis Forum. For information about tabling at the event click here: http://bit.ly/2MFoDCT
Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions invites individuals to submit questions for the Virginia Climate Crisis Forum. Submit questions here: http://bit.ly/347ElfM
2019 is THE vital election year for Fairfax County with ALL local & state candidates on the ballot. Hosted by the League of Women Voters, FACS is co-hosting a series of non-partisan forums this fall. See the full schedule and link to volunteer on the LWV website. FACS Advocacy Teams will be present at each forum. Contact us for more information and to get involved.
Climate in the Pulpits
This fall, through a partnership between Interfaith Power & Light (MD.DC.NoVA), Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions, and Virginia Interfaith Power & Light, pastors, rabbis, imams, and other clergy in congregations across the region will be raising up Creation care and climate change as part of their sermons at weekly services and through other learning programs. Throughout Virginia, congregations will be inviting the ir communities to better care for Creation: at home, in our congregations, in our local governments, and around the world.
Sign up at ipldmv.org/climatepulpits to commit your congregation to raising up climate during the weekend of November 15-17, or any weekend this fall. You are invited to participa te in a way that best fits your community. This could include inviting a guest speaker, hosting a coffee hour discussion, or organizing a workshop. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Movie Screening: Prayer for Compassion
The film follows Thomas Jackson on a quest across America, to the UN Climate Conference in Morocco, and throughout the Indian Subcontinent, to ask the question, “Can compassion grow to include all beings? “A Prayer For Compassion,” calls on people of faith and spiritual seekers to bring about a world in which we have widened and deepened our circles to include all on the interconnected web of existence.
Date: September 14th at 6:30 PM
Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax
Join us for fellowship, snacks and a screening of Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things! This event is for all young adults (18 – 35ish) who are interested in creating community, make meaning, and doing justice across northern Virginia. Bring a snack to share. All are welcome!
How many ways can you reduce your plastic use? Join us for a panel discussion of single-use plastics. Our panelists will tackle the issue of plastic pollution from different perspectives: consumer, activist, business, and legislative. We’ll also have representatives from numerous climate, environmental, and waste-related organizations on hand to answer your questions.
Date: Saturday, September 28th 10 AM – 12 PM 4:00 – 6:00 PM
The human consequences of climate change, in the light of Catholic social teachings presented by Walter Grazer, former Manager, Environmental Justice Program, and Deputy Director of Migration & Refugee Service, US Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions is partnering with Friends of Accotink Creek for a Day of Action for people of Faith. Join other volunteers making Accotink Creek a cleaner and healthier place for fish, frogs, and people. Enlist your place of worship to contribute to the effort and spread awareness of our shared responsibilities to the environment. This event is great for Green Teams, individuals, or congregations. All are welcome to this event including youth and children. Volunteers should dress appropriately for walking in the woods, with long sleeves, long pants, and sturdy footwear. Wading gear, grab sticks, and rakes also help, since much of the trash is in the water. We will supply bags and gloves.
Daniels Run Peace Church is a Mennonite congregation located in the heart of Fairfax. With enthusiastic and devout members, they act on their beliefs of creation care.
Last fall, the church completed an installation of 30 solar panels with Secure Futures Solar. The system’s peak output of 10.5 kW generates around 13,650 kWh annually. And this summer, the church installed two electric vehicle charging stations. The solar panels power the church and the electric vehicle charging stations during the day and the excess electric production flows back into the community’s electric grid for others to use. The solar installation avoids the release of 11.2 tons of carbon emissions each year.
The Conservation Assistance Program is an urban cost-share program that provides financial incentives, technical, and educational assistance to places of worship in Fairfax County.
Peace Lutheran Church applied for a new energy star dishwasher. Here’s what they had to say: “Here we are standing in the kitchen, celebrating the new energy star dishwashers…We are grateful for this program at a time of climate crisis.” For more information click here or email email@example.com.