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  • Rick Bonetti

June 2023 Eco-Spiritual Calendar

Updated: Jul 23, 2023

Here's a brief list of various online and Rogue Valley in-person activities this summer that may be of interest to you. Check back as this post will be updated as we get additional information.

June 1, 2023, at 1 p.m. PDT - Global Kinship is presenting Towards A Global Ethic with Stephen Avino, Executive Director of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, and Kusumita P. Pederson, author and UN advocate. Register here.

Global Kinship Webinar happens on the 1st Thursday of the month and is sponsored by The purpose is to "explore the emerging Noosphere as it emerges through us."

"Global Kinship, Exploring the Emerging Noosphere addresses the phenomenon of the complexification of human creativity, technology, and consciousness that has evolved within our species - from the first "Aha!" moments of the earliest tribes to this rapidly rising consciousness and interconnectivity among humans around the world."

"Through technology, culture, arts, economics, medicine, sociability, the human heart, and a shared concern for our ecological fragility, we are quickly becoming a global community."

One hundred years ago, Pierre Teilhard and Vladimir Vernadsky predicted that Earth, through us, would grow a new layer beyond the geosphere and biosphere. They named this layer the Noosphere. To participate in this meeting of the minds, we need to pay attention to what is happening both inside and outside of us.

June 1, 2023, from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. PDT - SOCAN's Ashland Climate Action Team will learn more about Ashland’s Climate & Energy Action Plan (CEAP), review the projects we identified last month and talk about our meeting format as we go forward.

June 2, 2023, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. PDT. - SOCAN’S Medford Climate Action Team meeting will focus on supporting the Medford Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Planning (CCARP) and other activities to support Medford’s efforts to address climate change.

June 6, 2023, at 11 a.m. PDT - Climate Cafe Multifaith discusses "When your neighbor says No" - The Yakama tribe fight to save Goldendale, WA, from constructing a hydroelectric pumped-storage energy project. Addressing climate change is a moral imperative. Register.

June 5, 2023, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. PDT - SOCAN's Talent Climate Action Team meets monthly on the 1st Tuesday at the Talent Public Library or Talent Community Center. The meetings include a short presentation on issues of interest to those living in Talent followed by updates from the Talent Action Groups.

June 6, 2023, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. PDT - Medford UCC has a newly formed Creation Justice Team. Find out what's happening with the Team in the Fireside area of Lidgate.

June 6, 2023, at 5:45 p.m. PDT - Rogue Climate is inviting people to attend the Ashland City Council Meeting at the Council Chambers, 1175 E Main St., and support youth organizers who are advocating for the city to adopt an “emissions standard” ordinance that puts a limit on the amount of harmful emissions that new residential buildings can produce.

Rogue Climate is bringing communities together to stop the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and transition to renewable energy. You can connect with Rogue Climate on Facebook or follow the campaign to stop Jordan Cove LNG on Facebook at No LNG Exports. Rogue Climate is also on Twitter and Instagram. Please consider becoming a monthly donor to keep this rural movement for climate justice strong and growing.

June 7, 2023. at 10 a.m. PDT - Climate Central is presenting a media briefing "Using Attribution Science to Cover Weather/Climate Connections." Want to know the climate connection to your weather? This media briefing will bring together experts to help journalists understand the advancements in attribution science and resources to incorporate in your reporting. Recordings will be provided to all registrants. Register here. Speakers will include:

  • Anthony Leiserowitz, Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

  • Friederike Otto, Imperial College of London, World Weather Attribution

  • Roop Singh, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

  • Andrew Pershing, Climate Central

June 7, 2023, from 6-7 p.m. PDT - Rogue Climate is inviting community members to their office (205 N. Phoenix Rd., Phoenix, OR) to 1) give testimony at the virtual public hearing about Avista (the gas utility company that services most of Southern Oregon) hope to raise the rates of customer energy bills by 8.1% starting this November 2023; 2) to attend the virtual public hearing on zoom; and 3) submit a written comment by email to the Public Utility Commission by filling out the form at the end of their webpage linked here.

June 10, 2023, at 10 a.m. PDT - Southern Oregon Citizens' Climate Lobby meets Saturday at Pony Espresso in Ashland, OR. All are welcome. The Speaker this month on the national call is Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350. To learn more and download the CCL June Action Sheet by clicking "Get the Action Sheet", click here

June 11, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. PDT - Deadline to sign up for Pachamama Alliance's Game Changer Intensive, "an 8-week online course that will prepare you to engage in effective collective action toward a just and sustainable future; transform your concern for the world into action." Orientation will begin June 13th and the course will continue through the week of August 8th. Register here.

June 17, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT - The Great Turning Summit - inspiring stories from the movement toward a life-sustaining society. This is a doorway to "pivot toward a livable future, a collaboration between millions of people and the more-than-human world. This summit will offer up a healthy dose of honoring and inspiration, highlighting the good works of communities from all over the world. Featuring Joanna Macy, Lyla June, Pat McCabe, brontë velez, Lydia Violet, John Seed, Vahisha Hasan, MaMuse, Leilani Navar, and more!" Register for free.

June 19, 2023, at 4 p.m. PDT - SOCAN's Jacksonville Climate Action Team meets monthly on the 3rd Monday in the Jacksonville Public Library Community Room. Anyone interested in climate action in Jacksonville is invited to attend.

June 20, 2023 - Klamath-Siskiyou Wildland Center reports that June 20th is the deadline for the public to make public comments, regarding President Biden's mature and old-growth Executive Order. Both the Forest Service and BLM have announced a proposed pathway for protecting our remaining ancient forests once and for all, This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to call for permanent protections for federal mature and old-growth forests from logging.

June 20-22, 2023 - Elders Climate Action is hosting an open screening of the documentary film To The End. Limited tickets are available for this event so reserve yours today!

June 21, 2023, at 11 a.m. PDT - Interfaith Power & Light is having a webinar Learn How to Finance Solar at Your Congregation. If you aren't able to attend, you can still register, and IPL will send the recording out to everyone who registered. REGISTER HERE

"Learn more about the different ways congregations can finance solar from Jerry Bernstein, author of IPL’s Solar Financing for Congregations. Then we’ll take a deeper look at one of the options that allow a congregation to install solar with no up-front costs, called power purchase agreements."

"Andreas Karelas, the Executive Director of RE-volv will explain how these agreements benefit a congregation and why they are still a good idea, even with the new government support for nonprofits to go solar. Andreas will also offer a sneak peak at how the new government bonuses will likely be distributed to congregations going solar."

"RE-volv is a climate justice nonprofit that helps nonprofits in underserved communities across the country go solar while raising awareness about equitable climate solutions and training the next generation of clean energy leaders."

"Then we’ll hear from an IPL solar congregation on how they got started, overcame challenges, and successfully cut their energy use with solar."

June 25–July 2, 2023 - The Institute on Religion in the Age of Science is having its 2023 IRAS Conference at Star Island, NH: The Wizards of Climate Change: How Can Technology Serve Hope and Justice? According to Roger Brown, the Conference will be streamed for the cost of IRAS membership e.g. you must join $40.

June 26, 2023, at noon - The Oregon Chapter of the Illinois Valley Sierra Club, Williams Community Forest Project, Sustainable Rogue Valley, and RCC Earth Club are inviting everyone to join them at Alba Park, 301 E. Main Street, Medford, to help protect our climate forests from logging.

"Keeping our older trees in the ground is a critical climate solution! Your presence will make a difference. Let’s gather a big crowd to raise up the message to the public and the media: Bring a picnic, enjoy live music, and get updated on forest protection efforts. Celebrate the forests that provide cooling shade and clean water for all creatures!" "Forest-themed costumes and colorful signs are encouraged. Also, sign this petition (to be delivered at the rally to staffers for Senators Wyden and Merkley) asking for funding for proven community-based wildfire safety solutions instead of backcountry logging."

June 27, 2023, at 4 p.m. PDT - Elders Climate Action is having their National Call with Our Children's Trust: Climate Justice in Hawai’i: Youth Have a Right to Live Healthful Lives in a Sustaining Climate. Hear from Rylee Brooke, a plaintiff in Navahine F. v. Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation and attorneys, Kimberly Willis and Joanna Zeigler, to learn about this landmark climate lawsuit. Register Now

June 27, 2023, at 4 p.m. PDT on Zoom - Join Matthew Fox, Skylar Wilson, Mariko Middleton, and others from the global Order of the Sacred Earth as we come together to listen, share, and support one another within this growing movement. There are many ways to plug into our network as we create more avenues for cross-pollination and community support so please come with an open heart and mind! Join Zoom Meeting:

June 27, 2023, from 5-6 p.m. PDT on Zoom - Ashland Climate Collaborative is having a webinar: Are We Moving Toward a 100% Electric Ashland? The Rogue Climate's youth-led Action Team and their supporters filled the City Council Chambers on June 6th. Ashland youth climate activists are pushing the City to restrict "natural" gas (methane) hookups in new homes. At the same time, more and more residents are converting their homes to 100% electric, eyeing the financial incentives coming our way through the Inflation Reduction Act. Register Here.

June 27, 2023, at 6 p.m. PDT on Zoom - The June SOCAN monthly general meeting will focus on the efforts of Divest Oregon to bring the Treasury more in line with the wishes of the majority of Oregon citizens. The program will feature Rory Cowal from Divest Oregon who will discuss the reasons for divestment, the efforts of Divest Oregon to achieve it, what the next steps will be subsequent to the failure of HB2601 during the 2023 session; and what we can do individually to invest conscientiously. There is no charge for joining the ZOOM meeting, but participants must register at the link on the SOCAN calendar event:

June 28, 2023, at 4:45 p.m. PDT - IRAS is presenting a webinar: Overshoot: The World beyond 1.5°C​. Presenter Wake Smith is a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is also a Lecturer at Yale, where he teaches a course on climate engineering. That course material was published in book form in March 2022: Pandora’s Toolbox: The Hopes and Hazards of Climate Intervention. This IRAS webinar is FREE, but registration is required. Register here. Register for June 28 We

Other Summer Events of Interest

July-September 2023 - Human Energy Project's Science of the Noosphere will investigate the relevance of this deep evolutionary perspective to the social, technological, and ecological challenges humanity faces in the contemporary world." This project is "directed by David Sloan Wilson, one of the foremost living evolutionary scientists who, like Teilhard de Chardin, includes all aspects of humanity in addition to the biological world as within his scientific purview."

Apply to the class by filling out this application form. Space is limited to 100. They are "looking for participants who are eager to learn and reflect upon the noosphere and their own worldview." More information regarding the class can be found here.

August 14–18, 2023 - The 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions will be held in Chicago,

August 20, 2023 - Sustainable Rogue Valley and RCC Earth Club will host a film/conversation event. Also scheduled for October 15, 2023.

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