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November 2019

Free Community Bike Safety Course

November 3, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Blvd.
Houston, 77005
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Nervous about biking in Houston? You are invited to a free Community Bike Safety Course where you’ll gain the confidence to cycle safely around town! This is the only free bike safety course in Houston taught by certified instructors & open to all ages. The course begins with 90 minutes of classroom instruction at Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church. 90 minutes of drills in the Rice University parking lot follow the classroom instruction, and then we’ll take a leisurely 1 hour ride around the neighborhood to practice our skills on the road. Instruction is provided by certified instructors from Bike Houston.

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Fall 2019 Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Event

November 17, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Gathering Place, 5310 S. Willow Dr.
Houston, TX, 77035 United States
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We will engage in hands-on environmental stewardship by trimming trees, mulching, and watering at the Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve in Houston.

This event is organized by Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church, Congregation Brith Shalom, and the Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston, in partnership with the Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy.

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December 2019

The Fierce Urgency of Now! speaker series

December 8, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5200 Fannin St.
Houston, TX 77004 United States
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Free

The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston, in conjunction with the First Unitarian Universalist Church, invites you to The Fierce Urgency of Now! speaker series: An interfaith response to the climate crisis.

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Heading for Extinction–and what to do about it

December 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
2506 Sutherland, 2506 Sutherland
Houston, 77023
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Free

"Heading for Extinction--and what to do about it" is the classic Extinction Rebellion presentation known as "the talk", given with a Houston twist. Please join us to learn the scope and scale of our current predicament, why current approaches are flawed, and how you can make a difference.

Please join us, bring a friend or two, and make it a lively Q&A after the presentation

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January 2020

Going Green in Houses of Worship – Learn from Others!

January 12 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
1st Congregational Church, 10840 Beinhorn Rd.
Houston, 77024
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Free

The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston invites you to learn
how houses of worship in Houston are going green and consider what
you could do in your own house of worship. Join speakers of a variety
of faith backgrounds who will discuss work in their houses of worship
to go green in their building, grounds, worship services, community
service projects, advocacy, educational programs, and more.

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ROTHKO CHAPEL AND TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY CELEBRATE MLK BIRTHDAY WITH ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE PROGRAM

January 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Texas Southern University, 3401 Cleburne Street
Houston, 77004
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Rothko Chapel and the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University (TSU) will partner for a program to explore the influence of Dr. Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement on environmental justice. The program, “Actions of Change: From the Civil Rights Movement to the Struggle for Environmental Justice,” is set for Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at 6 p.m. on what would have been Dr. King’s 91st birthday. Dr. Robert Bullard, distinguished professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at TSU, also known to many as the “father of environmental justice,” will give a keynote address then join in conversation with Yvette Arellano, senior staff, Policy Research & Grassroots Advocate for Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s), and Bridgette Murray, founder of Achieving Community Tasks Successfully (ACTS). Dr. Richard McKinley Mizelle, Jr., associate professor of History at University of Houston, will moderate the discussion exploring the evolution of the environmental justice movement, continued environmental challenges and inequities faced by vulnerable and frontline communities, and actions being taken to improve the health of the region.

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EAT Lancet Commission on Food, Planet & Health: Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems

January 26 @ 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Blvd.
Houston, 77005
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Stephen Long, a public health physician, will discuss the EAT Lancet Commission on Food, Planet & Health: Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems report at Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church in Houston on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 9:45 a.m. This study, compiled by 37 scientists and other experts from 16 countries, aims to establish a global food economy that could combat chronic diseases in wealthy nations like ours and provide better nutrition for poor ones, all without destroying the planet.

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United We Win – Collaborating to Solve Houston’s Toughest Environmental Challenges

January 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online
Free

Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church in Houston invites you to a monthly environmental education web meeting series. In January, Jaime Gonzalez, Houston Urban Conservation Programs Manager for The Nature Conservancy, will highlight a variety of local environmental issues, and how local people/organizations are coming together to address them. He will explain tools used for environmental action mapping that make collective action more effective.

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February 2020

TAKE A “TOXIC TOUR” OF HOUSTON WITH ROTHKO CHAPEL AND TEXAS ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE ADVOCACY SERVICES

February 8 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon St
Houston, 77006
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$20.00

Rothko Chapel in collaboration with Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s.) will host a bus tour of toxic sites in and around the greater Houston community on Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The tour will be led by Juan Parras and Yvette Arellano of t.e.j.a.s. and will explore the East End of Houston, a neighborhood which borders Houston’s Ship Channel and is comprised of mostly Latino residents.  This frontline community is situated next to some of the largest refineries and chemical plants in the city.  Air pollution from nearby plastics-producing plants floats over schools, offices, and, homes.  The goal of the tour is to show participants the structural reality of these massive industrial complexes and to offer a first-hand understanding of environmental justice issues the community faces.

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Living the Change!

February 9 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church & online, 1900 Bering Dr.
Houston, 77057
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Free

The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston invites you to learn how to get started
Living the Change in your life/your house of worship. Living the Change is an international
interfaith initiative to address climate change. This event will explain the components of
Living the Change, resources available, how to host an event, and how to leverage this
initiative to make real change in addressing climate change.

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The Wonders of Soil

February 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online
Free

Think that soil is just dirt? Think again! Join John Ferguson, soil scientist, owner of Nature’s Way Resources, and an organic gardening expert, in February as he explains the wonders of soil. You’ll leave this talk amazed at what lies beneath your feet.

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March 2020

A Conversation on Living the Change

March 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Live Oak Friends Meeting House & online, 1320 W 26th St
Houston, 77008
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Free

The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston invites you to a conversation on Living the Change. Living the Change is an international interfaith initiative to address climate change.  This event demonstrates how to hold a Living the Change event/discussion in your home/house of worship, by doing so in an interfaith setting.   Please join us!  You'll not only learn how you can address climate change, but how to hold an event to influence others to do so.

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Artistic Social for HPJC

March 1 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Mother Dog Studios, 720 Walnut
Houston, 77002
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Free

The Houston Peace & Justice Center, Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Pax Christi Houston, and Alianza Latina Internacional invites you to meet and greet for criminal, economic, and environmental justice.

Come and meet like minded individuals in a non violent atmosphere of art and free beer.

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Escalting Resistance: Mass Rebellion Training

March 8 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Live Oak Friends Meeting House, 1318 W. 26th
Houston, TX 77008 United States
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Extinction Rebellion Houston is hosting a nonviolence workshop with longtime nonviolence trainer and activist Lisa Fithian.

Lisa will be offering a three hour training to hone our strategies and tactics to impact power holders and create social disruption at increasingly larger scales. This organizing requires attention to how we build collective power that heals and liberates us from our socialization in the dominant culture of superiority – white, male, rich and Christian.

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Heading for Extinction and What to Do About It

March 28 @ 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
by zoom–link on website Houston, 77008 + Google Map
Free
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"Heading for Extinction--and what to do about it" is the classic Extinction Rebellion presentation known as "the talk", given with a Houston twist. Please join us to learn the scope and scale of our current predicament, why current approaches are flawed, and how you can make a difference.

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The Wonders of the Deep Sea

March 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online
Free

Approximately two thirds of the earth’s surface is covered by oceans with an average depth of about 2.65 miles. Below 0.62 miles, the water is completely dark, temperatures plummet to 39 °F, and the pressure is about 40 times the pressure of earth’s atmosphere. Nonetheless, many creatures can live in this extreme place having no light. Deep sea explorations have found shrimp, fish, coral, tube worms, mussels, starfish, and many other creatures even below 2 miles. About 95% of the ocean remains unexplored, and marine scientists continuously find new species in this unusual place. In addition to creatures, huge quantities of methane gas hydrates and billions of tons of manganese nodules are found in deep ocean floors (2-4 miles deep). Manganese nodules grow only 10-100 millimeters per million years. Gas hydrates may contain roughly twice the carbon contained in all reserves of coal, oil, and conventional natural gas combined. Join Professor Hyun-Min Hwang of Texas Southern University to be awestruck by these, and other, wonders of the deep sea.

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April 2020

The Wonders of Coastal Wetlands

April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Online
Free

Historically, wetlands were considered useless land, and we filled them in to make farmland and housing. Today, we realize that wetlands provide numerous valuable services to humanity, and we seek to protect and restore them. Coastal wetlands are threatened by a number of factors, but can be remarkably resilient to moderate rates of sea level rise. This talk will review some of the benefits we derive from coastal wetlands, discuss the threats facing them, and explain why we have reason to expect that wetlands will survive despite ongoing global change. Join this conversation with Professor Steven Pennings of the University of Houston as we wonder at coastal wetlands!

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Earth Week Events!

April 20 - April 27
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Happy EarthDay Week from the Houston Peace & Justice Center! There are lots of virtual activities going on this week. Please visit xrhouston.com for more

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Spring 2020 Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Event

April 26 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Willow Waterhole Greenspace, 5300 Dryad
Houston, 77035
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Free

Calling people of all faiths, or no faith at all, to engage in hands-on care for our shared environment at the Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve in Houston.

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June 2020

Interfaith Justice Advocacy Workshop

June 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online

Calling people of all faiths to learn to more effectively raise your voice for the voiceless!  Experts from Texas Impact, an Austin-based interfaith justice advocacy organization, will educate on how to do it right, and will provide information on their top justice advocacy priorities for 2020:  Climate Justice, Health Justice, and Migration Justice, so that you can knowledgeably engage your legislators on these critical justice issues as a person of faith.  You’ll also learn about Texas Impact’s Legislative Engagement Groups, where you can advocate with others, so you don’t have to “go it alone”.

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