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Rich W.

Location:

New Haven, CT

Member since:

February 8, 2013

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Do you consider your self an environmentalist? If so why?

Yes, more in the sense of my concern for the environment than in my training. I have had a life-long passion-for and curiosity-about the creatures we share our planet with; I dislike hunting and fishing for 'sport'; I've spent my life sailing the bays and oceans of the North East and have witnessed their decline; I have twice served on the board of the New Haven Land Trust and been and active member of their community gardening committee; I have visited and protested at Mountaintop removal sites in West Virginia; I have participated in several Washington Week conferences attended by folks like James Hansen, Wendell Berry, Bill McKibben, and others (nrccc.org). I anually participate in New Haven's Rock to Rock event. I feel that it is absolutely essential for communities of faith to play a role in addressing the environmental challenges facing our world and I am determined to do what I can to help them find their voice.

What do you think is the most pressing issue facing the environment?

1. Apathy - too many people are disconnected from the earth and concerned only with their own lives. a. Silence - People are distracted and disengaged. 1. too much time is spent being manipulated by TV ads and computer generated nonsense. 2. Greed - Our American civilization was founded by people who came here to extract its resources - and go back to Europe. People don't understand that that ethic permeates our culture in very significant ways. ______________________ Species Extinction is our greatest problem Deforestation and desertification probably comes next Ocean/marine die-off and the domestication of our oceans Then comes climate change. I know it is down the list, still very very important. They are all very important.

What do you do fight climate change everyday?

I try to live as simply as possible. I don't run out and buy the latest gadget. my car is 13 years old. Many of my cloths I've had for years. Where possible, I buy local. In nice weather I ride my bicycle to work. During the cold months I take public transit. I advocate for climate change legislation and speak and write about the moral implications of climate change and environmental degradation.

Would you be willing to spend 5-10 hours a week on actions and campaigns to move CT beyond fossil fuels?

Absolutely. I am hoping particularly to energize the faith community on these issues and any help you could give me to connect with people who are both climate advocates and members of a faith community would be greatly appreciated.

Introduction

I caucus with some national interfaith organizations dealing with climate change, mountain-top removal, extinction issues, deforestation, and now on an ocean ethic. My goal is to build grass-roots religious environmental activism locall


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