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Climate Actions & Events this fall

Friends are encouraged to participate in any or all of several events addressing climate change that are happening this fall: the Conference of the Parties (COP)26, Gainesville Meeting’s Project Drawdown group, and Climate Change Theatre Action.

Glasgow Climate Change Conference: Conference of the Parties (COP) 26

There are several opportunities for Friends to participate or tune in to the United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP) 26, hosted by the United Kingdom in partnership with Italy, which will take place from 31 October to 12 November in the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow, UK.

Public webcast of COP26 will be available throughout the conference for key meetings and high-level events. Check the UN Climate Change COP 26 website for additional information.

Portal to online events: Frank Granshaw, a Friend from Portland, OR, who is attending the conference as a Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) observer, has created a portal to online events leading up to and taking place during the conference, allowing Friends to participate in this critical event remotely. Visit his website, Connecting to COP26>

A Global Day of Action for Climate Justice is planned for Saturday, November 6. General information about the day can be found at COP Coalition 26.  For information on how join a local or online action or organize an action, follow this link> 

COP Coalition 26 also will convene a People’s Summit for Climate Justice, 7-10 Eleventh Month (November). The Summit will bring together the climate justice movement to discuss, learn and strategize for system change. For more information or to join in online from anywhere in the world, follow this link> 

There also are several associated online events that may be of interest.

Loving Earth Project: Caring for what we love across the World in the face of environmental threats, 3 November 2021. In this panel discussion, invited participants from different parts of the world will select some Loving Earth panels as a starting point to discuss particular threats their communities are facing and what is needed to address the issues, including at international levels. Beverly Ward, SEYM Field Secretary, is an invited participant.

The event will be held both on Zoom and at the Glasgow Quaker Meeting House. To attend on Zoom please register here>

The Loving Earth Project  celebrates people, places, creatures, and other things that we love but which are threatened by growing environmental breakdown. It offers a way to help people engage creatively and constructively with the issues, without being overwhelmed. It also offers a way to share initiatives and reasons for taking them with a very diverse audience.

Project Drawdown at Home, in the Community, and Wherever You Are

November 7, 1:00 pm Eastern

Gainesville Monthly Meeting continues to host online workshops on Project Drawdown. In this session, we will discuss the potential impacts of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in Florida and how to communicate with local officials on how the funding can be used to help stop the climb of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. We also will discuss individual, household, and community level actions to avert “…catastrophic climate change — as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible.”

Project Drawdown is a nonprofit organization that seeks to help the world reach “drawdown”—the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline. Drawdown shares its work through programs and partners. To join the Zoom Meeting, November 7th, 1:00 pm, Click here.  Meeting ID: 860 8733 6399, Passcode: dXxMEu2e

Climate Change Theatre Action (CCTA) 2021: Envisioning a Global Green New Deal

Here’s how you can help: Host an event in your community!

WHAT: Readings and performances of short plays written under the theme “Envisioning a Global Green New Deal.”

WHEN:  19 September – 18 December 2021

WHERE: Wherever you are.

CCTA PROVIDES: A collection of 50 short plays from around the world written under the theme “Envisioning a Global Green New Deal,” a list of resources to help make your Action effective and unique, organizational and marketing support, and a lot of enthusiasm.

YOUR CONTRIBUTION: You agree to organize and present an event between 19 September and 18 December 2021 using at least one play from our collection. Your event can be anything from an intimate reading to a fully staged show, and from a podcast to a site specific performance. Please note: We expect everyone to adhere to COVID-19 guidance on in-person gatherings and encourage you to be creative. Events can be presented online, outdoors, socially-distanced, etc.

The Bohn Jeverly troupe will perform from the Envisioning a Global Green New Deal collection at SEYM’s Half Yearly Meeting!

—Beverly Ward, Field Secretary for Earthcare