Wellspring: Moving Forward on Climate Change

Date(s) - April 11, 2015
9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Northwood United Church

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On April 11th join us for a day of learning, sharing stories and developing strategies to create climate justice.

  • How can we as congregations help put an end to fossil fuel dependence?
  • How does climate change affect our local and global communities?
  • How do we go beyond efficient lightbulbs and re-usable grocery bags to make a lasting and deep change? If these are questions you wrestle with then this event is for you!

The day will include keynotes from Greg Powell, a United Church minister who spearheaded the divestment campaign at Trinity St. Paul’s United Church in Toronto and from Christine Boyle, the director of ‘Spirited Social Change’ and ‘Fossil Free Faith: Canada’s Interfaith Divestment Network.’  


9:30 – 10:00 – Registration and Coffee

10:00-10:15 – Welcome and Opening

10:15-10:45 – Opening Plenary with Greg Powell

10:45 – 11:00 – Coffee Break

11:00 -12:30 – Workshop Session

1.    Energy Self-Sufficiency at Camp Fircom: Learn about Fircom’s installation of solar panels, and their hope to also install run-of-river power, to reduce or eliminate dependence on the import of diesel fuel from the mainland. Learn how you can help Fircom achieve this, and how you can undertake similar steps in your church or your home. 


Neil Carrodus, Fircom Site Manager

Eric Smiley, P.Eng, with Viridian Energy Co-operative and Reid Wylde Engineering Ltd. on Vancouver Island.

2.   Environmentally Friendly Redevelopment: How can your church “live with respect in creation” — whether in planning re-development, or renovating, or simply in your day-to-day operations? Hear from some churches who are making environmentally friendly changes, and join an open discussion on how you can move forward……


Robert Brown of Catalyst Community Development Society

A representative of the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster’s Eco-Justice Unit

Rev. Judith Hardcastle of St Andrew’s United Church, North Vancouver

3.  “Who Am I?”: a conversation about alternatives to our consumer identity. This workshop will be a lively discussion of the ways we sometimes feel trapped by our consumer driven culture and how we break free of it. 


Marianna Harris of the Justice Advisory Circle and Van-Burrard Presbytery

Catherine Ross

12:30- 1:15 Lunch by Heartwood Community Cafe

1:15 -1:30 Opportunities for Action

         A discussion of opportunities in our communities. Potential proposals for presbytery or Conference.

1:30-2:00 Closing Remarks with Christine Boyle


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