A Rocha Talks: Earthkeeping in the City – From backyard composting to electric vehicles

Date(s) - November 12, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Join us to explore the myriad ways that creation care can happen right where you are in the city.

A Rocha Canada invites you to join our ongoing series of A Rocha Talks.

In North American culture we tend to consider nature as opposite to civilization. We’ve often said nature is where humans are not. But in Genesis humans are created as an intrinsic part of creation. Throughout Scripture all the residents of our earth home, plants, animals, and humans, share a common, intertwined past and future. Today, we see creation flourishing and languishing alongside humans in forests, alpine meadows, parks, suburbs and cities.

Given that over 70% of Canada’s population and 55% of the global population lives in cities, city life has an enormous impact on the earth. How do we learn to live with creation in the ways we eat, travel, work and play in our urban homes? How does our faith and the care of the earth come together in an urban setting?

This panel will explore how we can engage caring for creation in the city. We will hear how each panellist is navigating this challenge in their own lives. We hope you’ll join us in the conversation!

Our panelists:

Teresa Prokopanko (yes, it’s phonetic) loves dirt and hopes you will too! She is a Compost Program Coordinator at Green Action Centre in her day job, and is a mom – well, all the time. Teresa lives in Winnipeg with her husband and toddler daughter. They enjoy discussing city planning, loafing at the lake, volunteering at church, and going on local people-powered adventures together.

Paul Loewen rides an electric unicycle (google it) to work, including many days during Winnipeg’s winter last year. He’s well aware that it’ll be hard to convince everyone else to do the same, and so electric vehicles fall into the overlap between two of his passions: technology and reducing carbon emissions. He lives in Winnipeg with his wife, Jeanette, and their three boys. They plan to own an EV within 3-5 years–if people still own their own vehicles by then.

Andrea Ramos Santos rides her bike as much as she can around Vancouver, but she is still adapting to the winter in Canada (it’s hard for a Brazilian!). She is passionate about nature, birds, and trees, which lead her to study ecology. She worked for A Rocha in Brazil before moving to Canada with her husband Gustavo. Both studied at Regent College, and now they are learning how to live as typical Pacific Northwest dwellers.

The panel discussion will be hosted by Zoe Matties, Manitoba Program Manager.

This event is free and open to the public.


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