Climate Conversations

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SECOND THURSDAYS, 6:30–7:30 P.M., online via Zoom

Looking for practical ways to reduce your impact on the environment? Saint Mark’s Creation Care Ministry is hosting Climate Conversations about everyday things in our lives. These monthly conversations will be held on environmentally-friendly Zoom on the second Thursday evening of each month.

Register to participate using this link (same Zoom link each month).

Scroll down on this page to find materials, slides, and videos of past conversations in this series. 


UPCOMING CONVERSATIONS

  • FEBRUARY 8, 2024: Innovations to Stop Global Warming

From data for farmers to improve crop yield and fabrics made of agricultural waste to electric ferries or planes and planet-friendly pet food, start-ups are developing highly innovative solutions that are good for people and the planet. Learn about everything from leading-edge innovations that are breaking technical boundaries to ones you can use every day. As a takeaway, we’ll discuss how you can also help reduce climate change by using some of these ideas, as research shows that concerted efforts by early adopters may drive growth of new technologies.

  • MARCH 7 14, 2024: Spring Cleaning | Note change of date! This conversation will occur on the first Thursday of March, rather than the second.

Spring cleaning is a ritual for many, whenever it happens. Along with cleaning, the ritual often includes sorting and disposing of unused or unwanted items. Simple as these activities may seem, practices that are less eco-friendly and replacing items that are given away may harm the planet. We’ll discuss the rituals of spring cleaning, how to clean more effectively, what to do with items that are no longer needed, and how to avoid having disposal of one item lead to purchases of more. We’ll also provide tips on how to make that cleaning enjoyable and reduce your stress.

  • APRIL 11, 2024: Plant Trees for Cleaner, Healthier, Cooler Air

Trees provide a multitude of benefits, including reducing climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide, protecting against floods, providing shade that cools urban areas and gardens as well as fields or streams, and enhancing neighborhood ambience. Whether you plant a single tree or help communities plant trees, your efforts can help to care for creation. We’ll discuss why and how to plant trees, what species to select for a warmer future, ways to get free or low-cost trees, and how to participate in local or city tree-planting initiatives.

  • MAY 9, 2024: Farms for a Sustainable Future and How to Support Farmers

Farms across the state produce food for those of us who live here as well as for the nation and the world. Farmers are changing their practices to be more eco-friendly, which can save time, money, resources and the environment. We’ll compare traditional practices with modern ones, look at innovative solutions farmers use now to farm better, and consider the benefits of organic farming. Along with learning about agriculture, you can also learn how you can support farmers better through what you purchase, where or how you purchase it, and how or whether you engage with farmers.

  • JUNE 13, 2024: Solar, Wind and Geothermal Energy, and How to Tap Renewable Energy

While solar panels on roofs get the most attention for renewable energy, there are plenty of other options for producing energy too. Wind and geothermal as well as other sources of energy are being used to provide the quickly increasing amounts of electricity we need to power everything from lights and ovens to EVs and phones. We’ll look at the variety of sources of renewable energy and how you can use it. We’ll also discuss how to ensure a reliable power supply with storage, microgrids and other innovative solutions.

 


PREVIOUS CONVERSATIONS


JANUARY 11, 2024: Climate Policy: The Impact on Your Life, Your Pocketbook and the Planet

The slides from this presentation are now available here.

A video is now available below:


DECEMBER 14, 2023: Food that is Better for the Planet and your Pocketbook 

The slides from this presentation will be posted here when they are available.

A video of this conversation may be seen below:


NOVEMBER 9, 2023: Celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas with a Creation Care Mindset

The slides from this presentation are now available here.

A video of this conversation may be seen below:


OCTOBER 12, 2023: Save Money by Caring for Creation

The slides from this presentation are now available here.

A video of this conversation is available below:


SEPTEMBER 14, SEPTEMBER 21, 2023: Simple Seattle Solutions to be a Voice for Conservation and Creation Care

The slides from this presentation are now available here.

A video of this conversation may be seen below:


AUGUST 10, 2023: Stay Stylish with Climate-friendly Clothing Choices

The slides from this presentation are now available here.

This Conversation was inadvertently not recoded. We apologize for the inconvenience.


JULY 13, 2023: Changing our Daily Routine to Save the Planet

The slides from this presentation are now available here.

A complete video may be seen below:


JUNE 8, 2023: Practical Ideas to Use Renewable Energy

The slides from this presentation are now available here.

A complete video may be seen below:


THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2023: Plan, Cook, and Eat Great Meals

The slides from this presentation are now available here.

a complete video may be seen below:


APRIL 11, 2023: Recycle

Download the slides from this presentation here.

Resources from our presenter from Recology:

A complete video can be seen below:


March 14, 2023: Reuse

The slides from this presentation are now available here.

A  complete video can be seen here:


February 7, 2023: Reduce

The slides from this presentation are available here.

The "Veganuary" cookbook can be downloaded here and additional recipes here.

A complete video is available here and below.


January 3, 2023: Advocacy for Systemic Change

Video may be seen here and below.

The slides for this presentation are available here.


December 6, 2022: Creation Care Perspectives on Shopping at Christmas Time

The slides from the presentation may be seen here. Video may be seen here and below.

Here is the poem shared during the event: Slow me down, Lord.


November 1, 2022: Investing with Your Values ( with Penelope Jackson & Richard Hartung)

The slides from this presentation may be seen here.

Video of this conversation may be seen here and below.

In addition, Penelope Jackson shared the following resources:
ESG (Environmental/Social/Governance criteria) FAQ
Responsible Investing Glossary
How to find an Investment Advisor
The Carbon Almanac


October 4, 2022What you can do about Transportation

The slides from the presentation may be seen here.

Video of this conversation may be seen here and below.


September 5, 2022What you can do on the Carbon Tracker

The slides from the presentation may be seen here.

Video of this conversation may be seen here and below.


August 2, 2022What you can do about Water

The slides from the presentation may be seen here.


July 5, 2022What you can do about Energy (with Richard Wesley & Richard Hartung)

The slides from this presentation may be seen here


June 7, 2022What you can do about Food (with Marc Aubertin & Richard Hartung)

The slides from the presentation may be seen here.

 

One Response

  1. Marjorie Ringness
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    Really looking forward to these practical conversations that also connect our faith to our concern for the environment.

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