Date: Friday April 22nd –
This year’s theme is ‘Invest in our Planet’ In addition to our weekly suggestions to help deepen our Eco-Spirituality, the Adult Discipleship Committee would like to share some options to recognize Earth Day which will be celebrated in worship and Adult Education on Sunday April 24th.
- Solve Oregon has dozens of great opportunities for earth stewardship this year. Projects occur on various dates between April 10th and April 24th. Please check out this link for the full list across both the state and the Portland area https://www.solveoregon.org/spring-cleanup
- Forest Park has multiple stewardship opportunities that are accessible to everyone. All training, tools and materials will be provided along with snacks and coffee. 9am to noon on Saturday April 23rd. More details and sign up here: https://forestparkconservancy.galaxydigital.com/need/
- The Oregon Garden is having a free Earth Day celebration on April 16th from 10am – 4pm. Talk with various environmental education organizations, peruse vendors offering eco-friendly products and services and enjoy children’s activities, guided tours, food trucks and more. Admission is free and parking is $5 per car. https://www.oregongarden.org/earth-day/
- Every fall, Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) collects leaves from city streets and converts them into high-quality compost. From April 22 – May 1, in celebration of Earth Day, Portlanders can pick up their FREE compost at our Sunderland Maintenance Yard, 9325 NE Sunderland Road, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. This offer ends on May 1 or when we run out of compost, so don’t delay. If you have an open-bed vehicle, PBOT will load the compost for you. If you want to bag your own, please bring your own shovel and bags/buckets. Questions, please call 503-823-3500. Happy gardening!
- Interfaith Power and Light movie: As part of our Earth Day celebrations we will be sharing a film on Zoom provided to us by Interfaith Power and Light. Their theme this year is Sacred Trust: Our children’s right to a livable future. We are inviting all youth and adults to attend one or both of the viewings we are scheduling for Monday April 18 at 7pm and Monday April 25 at 4pm. RCPPC discussion of the film will be scheduled at a later date but IPL will host a webinar with the director and a couple of the plaintiffs on Wednesday April 27 at 4:30pm. More information to come on the Zoom sessions and how to register for the webinar in future Eblasts. Please mark your calendars now! Youth V Gov – 1 hour and 50 minutes (you may even remember this case as it was filed in Oregon) Directed by filmmaker and scientist Christi Cooper, YOUTH v. GOV is the story of America’s youth taking on the world’s most powerful government. In 2015, twenty one young plaintiffs, ages 8 to 19, filed the lawsuit Juliana vs. United States, asserting a willful violation of their constitutional rights in creating our climate crisis. If they’re successful, they’ll not only make history, they’ll change the future. After bouncing around in the courts the case has been sent back to the plaintiffs for additional information.