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Rising for Mother Earth

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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Between raging fires and devastating storms, it’s very clear: Our Earth is in crisis. And it’s also clear that this planetary emergency is caused by capitalism—which continues to view nature solely as resources to be extracted, even as the consequences of this destructive theology intensify. Unfortunately, too many faith communities try to pursue ecological justice without confronting our problems at their source.

In this training, Jacqui Lewis will speak with Oluwatosin Kolawole, a representative from Green Faith, an interfaith and international organization that equips religious communities to fight extraction and exploitation. Kolawole (he/him) is a Nigerian climate activist and the Executive Director at Climate Tube media. His passion for environmental sustainability is grounded in his experience working on dumpsite cleanup in Lagos, Nigeria, and his conviction that impacted communities hold the wisdom to lead global change. He was a convener for the People’s Climate March in Nigeria, 2014 – 2016 and has partnered in campaigns against climate change, gas flaring, water privatization, and oil spillage with partners such as 350.org, Mother Earth project, Climate reality, Global Catholic Climate Movement, and Friends of the Earth.

They’ll talk about the pervasiveness of ecological racism—in the U.S. and abroad—and articulate why we must move beyond a lens of individual change to pursue structural solutions. Attendees will leave with new tools and theologies for building resilient, caring communities and economies that honor our common Mother, and the love we’re called to share human and non-human kin.

This training is part of the Freedom Rising Salons, a year-long conversation series that features thought leaders, organizers, artists and modern prophets reflecting on crucial justice issues, and what we all can do to rise and meet them.


April 20
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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