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Sharing Earth’s Abundant Gifts: An Earth Day Reflection
Thursday, April 22, 2021
We invite you to join us for focused reflection on some key lessons of the first Earth Day. A presentation by Paul Schaafsma will get us started, followed by group discussion.
“The soil is suited to the seed,” the trees say. “Will you send down your roots? Will you reach for the sky? Will you come into the light of appearance?”
We will hear from activist Kaossara Sani working for climate justice in Africa, and delve into how we can love and protect Earth’s Three Green Hearts.
Amazonia scientist Antonio Nobre reminds us: ‘Greta [Thunberg] says we should listen to the scientists. But what scientists need to do is listen to the wise people of the forest.’ We also must listen to the forests themselves, to the rivers and oceans, to the plains and mountains. We may grow to understand the ways that life on Earth seeks to become allied with us, and find ways to act in better partnership, protecting and restoring life’s vitality.
“The Earth gives us life, give life to the Earth”
How effective would current climate proposals be for actually reducing greenhouse gas emissions? What would be needed to avoid the most dangerous tipping points?
Paul Schaafsma will review his analysis of the effectiveness of different climate policy options. Some could lead to rapid, positive outcomes for climate. However, others lack mechanisms of enforcement or other specifics and therefore are likely to be profoundly ineffective.
We will talk about the numerous benefits of the Deal for Nature proposal. The Deal for Nature and ecosystem restoration efforts could prove to be our most important tools for addressing the climate crisis, maintaining biodiversity – especially in equatorial rainforests, and providing rewarding employment for people.
After a review of these options, we will have abundant time for structured conversation. Together, we will explore how we can help to promote the most effective climate solutions for averting catastrophic climate disruption.