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.
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.
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.
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.
Join Lisa Brenskelle, head of the Lutherans Restoring Creation Team for the Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), for a talk on the Earth Charter. The ELCA voted to endorse the Earth Charter at its national assembly in August. The Earth Charter, while a completely secular document, is an ethical framework for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful society. As such, it’s precepts have much in common with Christian social teaching, and indeed, with the social teaching of many faiths. This first half of this talk will cover the Earth Charter, its origins & principles, as well as materials available from the Earth Charter Initiative. The second half of the talk will explain the relationship between Earth Charter principles & Christian social teaching, using the social statements of the ELCA as a basis
Holistic wellness retreat focuses on Nutrition, yoga, mindfulness and sustainability. Lecture presentations, break-out sessions, cooking demo, and plant based lunch are included in this full day retreat.
The Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston invites Houstonians of all faiths to join their team for this year’s Eco-Challenge. This online event offers you the opportunity to care for the earth by taking on a challenge in: waste, food, health, transportation, energy, community, nature, water, simplicity, or a custom challenge of your own. Create a new environmental stewardship habit over the course of the 3 weeks of the challenge!!
In September, Bakeyah Nelson, Executive Director of Air Alliance Houston, will discuss air quality issues in Houston & how you can take action. Air Alliance Houston believes that everyone has a right to breathe clean air. They conduct applied research, provide education, and engage in advocacy to accomplish their mission. Learn how, by working together, we can deliver cleaner air for a healthier future!
The Houston Climate Strike will be the biggest climate strike in Houston history. As the energy capital world, Houston is in a position to push the global community toward green energy. This transition will include access to training, unionized jobs, and support for those impacted by the switch in industry. We invite you to come stand with us and continue to the fight for a better future! If you are planning on joining us please remember to carpool, walk, or take public transportation if you are able to!
This is the bi-weekly meeting to exchange information, coordinate across the working groups, and GROW Extinction Rebellion Houston. Please join us!