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The Red Oak. Mary Coelho
The Red Oak. Mary Coelho

Field Secretary for Earthcare: Latest News & Workshops

Cypress Creek, Hillsborough County. Photo: Beverly Ward

This first month of 2019 has been quite busy. In addition to helping plan for the Fifth Assembly of the Florida Interfaith Climate Actions Network (fl-ican.org), participating in the SEYM Winter Interim Business Meeting and Michener Lecture, attending the Transportation Research Board Environmental Justice in Transportation Committee Meeting, visiting Friends Committee on National Legislation, and facilitating Tampa Monthly Meeting’s retreat, I attended a workshop, Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown. The two-hour workshop was attended by more than 60 people from around Tampa Bay and was hosted by representatives from the Pachamama Alliance and the Connections Partners. From videos and group activities, we learned about a comprehensive plan to reverse global warming from Project Drawdown—a scientific study that identified 100 solutions that, if implemented together, can begin to roll back global warming by 2050. (Project Drawdown is based on the book, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming by Paul Hawken. The workshop was quite energizing because we were given examples on the possibility of reversing global warming and challenged to have a role or a more active role in the process.

I’m offering to bring this workshop to Meetings, Worship Groups, or communities. Please contact me, the SEYM Administrative Secretary, or any member of the FSE Anchor Committee if you’re interested in this workshop or some other visit. Here’s a list of more suggested workshops/topics to get you started.

The Red Oak. Mary Coelho

Field Secretary for Earthcare: Suggested Workshop/Topics

  • Underwater Homeowners Association
  • Climate Justice in Our Community
  • Permaculture is Not Just Agriculture
  • Waterline Communities: Displacement and Gentrification and Why Quakers Should Care
  • Water: Sea Level Rise, Flooding, and Water Quality
  • Discerning Earthcare Leadings
  • Your Choosing!


Beverly Ward, SEYM Field Secretary for Earthcare