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Volunteers Needed! 11th Hour Bell Monthly Bell Ringing
On the 11th day at the 11th hour each month, our Environmental Action group joins a diverse community of faith leaders around the world to call attention to the climate emergency. Inspired by the worldwide movement 11 Hour Calling the action of ringing church bells for 11 minutes, signals the need for climate awareness and worldwide climate action. Join us as we ring the church’s Revere and Son bell each month. Contact Sylvia Soderberg (firstname.lastname@example.org or at 617-710-6320) for more info and to join in the next bell ringing.
Environmental Action Conversations
The Environmental Action Initiative steering committee invites all interested parishioners and friends to join us on select Tuesdays where we host guest speakers and discuss our faith-in-action work to respond to climate change. See upcoming and previously recorded events below.
EAI in the Parish Community Blog
Check out the Environmental Action Initiative in the King's Chapel Parish community blog. Here you will get information about upcoming events, tips on living a greener life, and more!
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EAI Conversation Series: “Finance and Climate Change--Part 2, Divestment versus Engagement: a discussion of the great debate on how we create social or environmental change through stock ownership” with Scott Budde | Tuesday, November 15, 2022 5:00 pm via Zoom.
Scott Budde led a discussion of how investments are connected to climate change through direct and indirect ownership of fossil fuel and related companies. He covered the two major strategies for creating environmental change through stock investing: divesting versus corporate engagement, recommending a particularly valuable resource (ceres.org) for influencing change as a stockholder. He also mentioned some options for where you can invest to positively impact the environment. There was a lively discussion and Q & A.
Scott Budde is President and CEO of the Maine Harvest Federal Credit Union-–the first deposit-taking institution to focus on building a local sustainable food system—and has done extensive work on responsible investing. He is the author of the book Compelling Returns: A Practical Guide to Socially Responsible Investing and a member of King’s Chapel.
EAI Conversation Series: "Opportunity for NE: Confronting the Climate Crisis" with Brad Campbell | Tuesday Oct 18, 2022 5 PM | Live and on Zoom
On October 18, the Environmental Action Initiative along with John Natoli, member of King's Chapel Vestry, hosted a talk by Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) President Brad Campbell at the King's Chapel Parish House at 64 Beacon St., Boston, at 5:00pm. CLF confronts the climate crisis from every angle –from the way we power and heat our homes to how we package and dispose of products, from the way we construct buildings to how we transport people and goods, from the way we design our streets to where we get our food. Humanity has never faced a crisis like this one. But we have the power to slow climate change and adapt to its impacts.
A former White House senior appointee during the Clinton administration, Brad Campbell was the Regional Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Mid-Atlantic Region and served as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. During his time at CLF, Brad has overseen numerous successes in the courtroom and in state houses throughout New England.
EAI Conversation Series: "Finance and the Environment: Part 1, Banking" with Scott Budde | Tuesday September 20, 2022 5 PM | Zoom
Do you know that your own bank may be using your money to fuel the climate crisis? The King’s Chapel Environmental Action Initiative’s Conversation Series began its 2022-23 season on September 20 at 5:00 (via Zoom) with Scott Budde. His talk on “Banking, Investing and the Environment” covered how banks and investment firms finance carbon-intensive industries extracting oil, gas and coal. The talk also included looking at various strategies – and their effectiveness – for changing the behavior of these financial institutions and lowering the world’s carbon footprint.
Scott Budde is President and CEO of the Maine Harvest Federal Credit Union--the first deposit-taking institution to focus on building a local sustainable food system--and has done extensive work on responsible investing. He is the author of the book Compelling Returns: A Practical Guide to Socially Responsible Investing and a member of King’s Chapel.
EAI Conversations Series | June 21, 2022
The Real Organic Project
with Dave Chapman and Linley Dixon, co-directors
Hosted by Julie Hyde and Bill Wilson, both involved in regenerative farming themselves, two co-directors and co-founders of the Real Organic Project explain how the label "organic" was hijacked by the USDA for use by industrial food operators and the history of their work in starting a "real organic" certification process. Did you know that hydroponically grown vegetables that are not certifiable as organic in the EU can be "organic" as far as the USDA is concerned? Learn about the Real Organic perspective on the evolution of food production and retail in the US and the importance of transparency in the marketplace. Learn ways to seek real organic food for the health of your families and your environment.
EAI Conversations Series | April 19, 2022
Indoor Pollution from Gas Cooking
with Andee Krasner, MPH
Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility
Andee Krasner gave a presentation on Electrification for Healthier Homes and Communities, in which she discussed the health effects of indoor pollution from cooking with methane gas. Did you know that pollution from methane gas stoves is the number one cause of asthma in Massachusetts children? That indoor nitrogen dioxide emissions from methane gas stoves often exceeds the limits of outdoor pollution standards? Learn about the issues with gas cooking and the alternative of electric induction cooking. Witness a live demo by Cynthia Perkins of an induction cooktop.
EAI Conversations Series | March 15, 2022
From Gas to the Geogrid
with Audrey Schulman and Alyssa Rayman-Read
of Heet.org (with surprise visit by Boston City Councilor Kenzie Bok)
Gas isn’t the only way to deliver heat. The persuasive arguments for geothermal districts, championed by HEET, bolster the idea that utilities can come up with something safer and cleaner than heating by gas. The GeoGrid, networked ground source heat pumps, are being installed by Massachusetts gas utilities as a method of providing non-emitting heating and cooling. HEET is a local nonprofit climate-solutions incubator that has brought the GeoGrid concept to the Commonwealth and is pushing it forward.
EAI Conversations Series | February 15, 2022
Greening Your Electricity
with Sophie Cash, Tom Macdonald, and Loie Hayes,
Boston Climate Action Network
Municipal aggregation of electricity sources can make it possible for residents and businesses to choose renewable energy at a rate that may be cheaper that the standard rate offered by your electricity provider. These speakers from Boston Climate Action Network explained how the program works and its significance for bringing down greenhouse gases, also cautioning that the same law that made this possible has also been abused by predatory services, particularly in disadvantaged neighborhoods. Get informed and act. For Boston, it's a no brainer! See the speaker slides and our February Action Checklist for info.
EAI Conversations Series | January 18, 2022
Addressing Energy Injustices in Massachusetts
with Sarah Dooling, Executive Director of Massachusetts Climate Action Network
Dr. Sarah Dooling presented the work of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network in addressing energy injustices in MA. Her talk focused on the gas and oil powered peaker plant recently approved by the state for construction in an environmental justice community in Peabody. She outlined how approval of this power plant flies in the face of the climate bill passed last year, and how MCAN has mobilized a community of statewide advocates to support the local Peabody group who are opposing the plant.
Environmental Action Initiative 2021 Fall Series: Energy Transition Part 3- Time For action, with members of King's Chapel Environmental Action Initiative.
KC members Dorie Seavey, Betsy Peterson, and Kent Wittenburg presented material on The Future of Heat Act, the initiatives of Mothers Out Front, and the Stop the Peabody Peaker Plant movement, respectively. We concluded with an action checklist for all three initiatives that we hope King's Chapel members and friends will utilize for advocating for clean and safe energy in Massachusetts that will get us to the climate roadmap goals. Cynthia Perkins also led a discussion of what some King's Chapel members are doing in their own lives and homes to meet the challenges. Read our checklist here and join us in taking real action steps. There's no time to waste.
[Pardon the technical glitches. This was our first time recording a live stream in this setting.]
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Environmental Action Initiative 2021 Fall Series: Energy Transition Part 2 - The MA Natural Gas System at the Crossroads, with King's Chapel Member and Treasurer Dorie Seavey
King's Chapel Member and Treasurer Dorie Seavey discussed on October 19 the problems of the current Massachusetts natural gas system infrastructure policy. You can read her recently-released report here and the Boston Globe's front page coverage on the topic here.
Environmental Action Initiative 2021 Fall Series: Energy Transition Part 1 - The Future of "Natural" Gas?
EAI kicked off its fall programming on the afternoon of September 21 with the first of three meetings on the ongoing energy transition, focusing on fossil, i.e., “natural,” gas. Betsy Peterson gave the main presentation, in which she summarized the problems with using natural gas as an energy and heat source and related her advocacy work with Mothers out Front.
EAI Speaker Series: Virtual Seminar on "Beacon Hill Gas Lamps, Gas Leaks, and More"
Beacon Hill's gas lamps are charming-but also have their problems. This very local situation led to King's Chapel members to further study of natural gas, which somehow hasn't caught the public's attention as much as other fossil fuels.
Watch the recording of this fascinating seminar that took place on May 25, 2021.
EAI Speaker Series: “Regenerative Agriculture + Good Coffee = Abundant Bird Life.”
Long-time King's Chapel member Bill Wilson tells his story of how a coffee business helped preserve over four thousand acres of tropical forest habitat and supports over 2.5 thousand family farms and their workers in Central and South America while protecting over 150 species of migratory and indigenous birds. Regenerative agriculture can help save our planet. Watch the recording.
King's Chapel "Celebrate the Earth" Art Show
Our “Celebrate the Earth” Art show includes contributions of artful expressions for the love of the earth by over 25 KC members and friends. Watch the video presentation and download the PDF version for a closer look!