The TOU will again be offering two programs at the October 24 and 25 Connecting for Change conference in New Bedford, MA.

Communities, Climate Change and Faith Traditions

This panel will bring together two experts in economic transformation – energy and water systems – who will discuss how colder winters, wetter storms, and hotter summers are opening up new work opportunities in coastal cities.  These opportunities will be blended with nearby experiences in church-based youth employment and eco-economic education campaigns.  We will discuss opportunities and challenge, and we will define some specific actions that we can begin to take together.  The overarching goal is to connect reverence for the earth with a collective effort to foster youth involvement in climate change jobs.

Speakers: Craig Lindell, Rob Garrity, Karen Stewart and Tom Flanagan;   Moderator: Alison Van Dyk, ED Temple of Understanding

The Spirit of Resilience: Art, Earth (Food! Body!) and Politics 

How is resilience nurtured?  Art is crucial, as is local food, alternative health care and political activism. These multigenerational speakers, from the rural outer cape and uber-urban NYC, are working in art, farming, bodywork, and faith-based activism at the UN, and this panel weaves the threads towards mutual resilience. Convened by the Temple of Understanding.

  • Grove Harris is Representative to the United Nations for The Temple of Understanding.
  • Drake Cook is lead farmer of Pure Joy Farm, Truro, MA .
  • Tessa Gifford is an entrepreneurial massage therapist.
  • Molly Butler is an intern and UN activist with the Loretto community.
  • Dorothy Palanza is the director of Provincetown’s Appearances Eco-Festival.
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