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April 2018

Addressing Ongoing Air Quality Challenges in Houston

April 29, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church invites you to a monthly environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2018 is Stewardship.

At the April web meeting, we welcome Bakeyah Nelson, Air Alliance Houston's Executive Director, who will discuss Addressing Ongoing Air Quality Challenges in Houston. Bakeyah will provide her perspective on some of the current air quality challenges that Houston is facing - ones that Air Alliance Houston is working to address to improve public health. These range from concerns about concrete batch plants and metal recycling facilities, to the proposed expansion of I-45. Air Alliance Houston is also working with community partners to address some of the challenges exposed during Hurricane Harvey. Bakeyah will also highlight how you can get involved. After her talk, there will be time for Q&A.  Please register for this talk, and you will receive an invitation to the web meeting.  Contact Lisa Brenskelle at gcs.lrc@gmail.com with any questions.

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May 2018

Making Houston a Resilient City – How Houses of Worship Can Help

May 6, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Congregation Emanu El, 1500 Sunset Blvd
Houston, 77005
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  The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston invites you to consider the challenges and opportunities that lie before Houston, a key city in the global response to changing weather patterns, emerging economies and changing consumer preferences and needs.
 
  In this presentation, Jim Blackburn will discuss the scope of current problems, some ideas to bring resilience to our community in the future, and the role of houses of worship could play in realizing this future.  But, this future can only be achieved by personal commitment and action, and to reach it, we all are going to have to come together and act for the common good, a great challenge for the faith community.

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Socialist Reading Group: Happy Birthday, Karl Marx!

May 8, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cafe Express River Oaks, 1422 West Gray Street
Houston, 77019
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Karl Marx has achieved a lasting global impact, one that is greater and wider than any other philosopher before or afterwards. The Smithsonian Magazine published an article titled "Karl Marx Is the World's Most Influential Scholar". The article is based on a study and paper in Nature. Several information scientists from Indiana University Bloomington came to that conclusion based on how often Marx's work was cited plus the number of works.

After the global financial crisis of capitalism in 2008, Marx was often cited to help explain the crisis. Marx is relevant because his work is based on science and an advanced method of critical analysis in philosophy and economics.

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ReThink Houston Sustainability Happy Hour

May 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

JOIN US as we REBUILD Houston as a center for sustainability! Meet the leaders behind Houston’s environmental repurposing movement.

An opportunity for attendees to discuss collaboration as a network of like-minded businesses, mutually supporting one another, for one goal.

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Break Free From Plastics US Grassroots Tour: Houston

May 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

EARTHWORKS, one of #breakfreefromplastic member orgs in the US, has organized a speaking tour with communities and stakeholders in the frontline affected by plastics pollution in key places i.e. Texas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. The tour seeks to dig deeper into the various processes where plastic pollution should be mitigated starting with extraction to production.

Together with Tejas Barrios and Texas Campaign for the Environment, we are hosting a discussion panel on "closing the loop, linking plastic production to fossil fuel extraction and the shale gas boom in the US. Plastics don’t just pollute the ocean, they pollute from cradle to grave starting with the communities impacted by oil & gas extraction from which plastics are made.

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Inspiring the Great Transition Tour by Sailesh Rao

May 20, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jain Society of Houston, 3905 Arc St
Houston, 77063
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Ahimsa is an essential response to climate change. The great transition is the metamorphosis of the global industrial civilization from its current domination relating "caterpillar" phase to the partnership relating "Butterfly" phase.

Please join a talk by Sailesh Rao who is the Founder and Executive Director of Climate Healers, a non-profit dedicated towards healing the Earth’s climate.

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Care & Stewardship of the Wildlife & Ecosystems in Our Communities

May 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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At the May web meeting, we welcome Anja Machado, Executive Director, and Victoria Hepburn, Education/Outreach Coordinator, of the Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (TWRC), who will discuss Care and Stewardship of Wildlife & EcoSystems in Our Communities.

Anja will explain how the TWRC cares for wildlife brought to the center, and the role of rehabilitators who care for animals in their homes. She will also discussion volunteer opportunities at the center.

Victoria will explain how to recognize if an animal is in need, how to assist animals in need, and how to bring injured or orphaned animals to the center for assistance. She will also highlight how attendees can be true stewards of our urban and suburban ecosystems, and the importance of doing so to the health & vitality of our city.

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June 2018

Walk Gently on Earth

June 10, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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  Last fall, world religious leaders presented the interfaith climate declaration, Walk Gently on Earth, to the UN Conference on Climate Change in Bonn. The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston invites you to a talk about the declaration by Imaad Khan, of the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy (TICPP), who was there. Imaad will discuss the presentation of the declaration, its message, and how houses of worship and their members can leverage this initiative. Walk Gently on Earth invites people of faith to lead the world in adopting a sustainable lifestyle.

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One Thousand Texans for Transit – Houston in Houston

June 24, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
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Join us on Sunday, June 24 in Montrose to hear about and discuss paths to realizing the the goal of high-quality public transportation! We'll have a panel of local transit leaders, hear remarks from elected officials, and break out into groups to work shop strategies for statewide coordination.

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July 2018

Houston’s Green Building Resource Center

July 29, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church invites you to a monthly environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2018 is Stewardship. On Sunday, July 29 at 6 p.m., we welcome Steve Stelzer, Program Director for Houston’s Green Building Resource Center. Steve is an architect with 30 years’ experience who is focused on making Houston a greener place to live and work. He will discuss the center’s work to educate the public on healthy and energy/water/material-conserving design & construction. This mission is accomplished in a number of ways: a showroom highlighting building components, water conservation, site, and energy efficiency, monthly educational seminars on a wide variety of topics, and plan review services to suggest strategies to conserve energy and water, save money, & create a healthier building environment.

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August 2018

Get to Know the System that Oppresses Us – Capitalism

August 7, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Houston Communist Party Headquarters, 3100 McKinney Street
Houston, TX 77003 United States
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There is much current attention to social and economic inequality. The Occupy movement did much to highlight the inequality and framed the issues as the 1% versus the 99%. Unfortunately, the root cause of inequality is kept a deep secret - theft of surplus value created by workers.

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Climate Change Town Hall

August 18, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Talento Bilingue de Houston, 333 S. Jensen Drive
Houston, TX 77003 United States
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ou are invited to hear from the Houston Climate Movement and Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) about how climate change is impacting Houstonians. UCS will discuss a recent report on flooding, climate change, and taxes. The Houston Climate Movement will share what we can do locally to act. We envision a world where our communities have access to clean air and water; where we have access to jobs that nourish our communities. And we invite you to join us to create this world.

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Stories of Survival / Historias de Supervivencia – Houston

August 25, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
NuWaters Co-op, 2320 Elgin St
Houston, TX 77004
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Join us in Houston for the first stop of Stories of Survival Tour. From the the Gulf South to Puerto Rico Stories of Survival will bring community together to learn, deepen connections, and share stories about community-centered solutions and strategies for survival in the face of climate change. Coinciding with observances of the devastating disasters during hurricane season that continually impact our home places, the tour will include FREE solar-powered “Cine Solar” film screenings, community dinners, storytelling, collective visioning, and other unique artistic and cultural offerings.

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Sustainability at Rice University

August 26, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church invites you to a monthly environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2018 is Stewardship.

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September 2018

Houston Strong for Climate

September 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Emancipation Park, 3018 Emancipation Ave.
Houston, 77004
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On September 8, thousands of rallies will be held in cities and towns around the world to demand our local leaders commit to building a fossil free world that works for all of us.

Join us as we hold our local leaders to account and demand that they walk the talk on climate action.

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Awakening the Spirit

September 9, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 5308 Buffalo Speedway
Houston, 77005
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The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston invites you to explore spirituality in nature with those of other faiths, using the documentary The National Parks – America’s Best Idea, as a source of inspiration.

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HARC People & Nature Speaker Series: Innovative Resilience Financing

September 12, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet
Houston, 77005-1803
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“Will we be Ready for the Next Harvey? Innovative Funding Strategies and Opportunities for Community Resilience”

On Wednesday, September 12, HARC will continue its People & Nature Speaker Series hosting an evening conversation with six national thought leaders on the topic of innovative resilience financing and the role that the public and private sectors can play to develop new community partnerships and diversified resilience funding mechanisms in Greater Houston.

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Climate Change and Health Care

September 16, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Boomtown Coffee, 300 S. Main St.
Houston, TX 77002 United States
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Come to our discussion group on how the crisis of poor health and costly health care is exacerbated by inaction on climate change, climate denial, poor air quality, fossil fuel dependence and forced car dominance, especially in low income areas and communities of color.

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TCEQ and Valero Public Meeting on Hydrogen Cyanide

September 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hartman Park, 9311 E Avenue P
Houston, 77012 United States
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Valero has asked the TCEQ(Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) for an increase in the level of HYDROGEN CYANIDE emissions they can release, specifically 512 tons. Valero also wants to stop tracking its BENZENE emissions reductions, makes no sense right? 

So then let's show up in solidarity with Manchester residents and tell TCEQ and Valero that we're sick(literally) of disgustingly rich corporations killing everything on the planet in their pursuit of more wealth and power. 

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No Nuclear Waste in Our Community!

September 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
True Love Baptist Church, 4029 Falls St
Houston, 77026
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Texas is at risk. Communities across the state are coming together, concerned about an issue that will affect our communities, our future generations, and the wonderful state we call home. We are concerned about high-level nuclear reactor waste that could come through our communities and be dumped on Texas for decades to come.

Deadly radioactive waste could come through our cities and rural lands, headed to two proposed sites. The Consolidated Interim Storage project of Waste Control Specialists (WCS) and ORANO seeks to store 40,000 tons of high-level radioactive waste in Andrews, Texas. Holtec proposes a similar high-level radioactive waste storage project for 173,000 tons of spent fuel just a short distance from Texas, across the New Mexico border.

The public comment period ends October 19th. Learn more and discuss options for action at a community meeting

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