Second Sunday Series

Common Room, Warner Memorial Pesbyterian Church Second Sunday Series is a roundtable discussion series that meets monthly on the second Sunday of each month. This offers opportunities for people of conscience to gather together to discuss today’s social problems and to foster a growing chorus of diverse moral voices calling for justice. Let’s speak as a united community, where we find common ground.

March 8, 2020 - 12:45 - 2:00 pm
Common Room, Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church
Climate Justice and the Case for Divestment Featuring Dr. Mark Eakin

Climate change is already impacting all of our lives but its harshest realities are felt in the lives of those least able to adapt. We’ll briefly address the causes of climate change but swiftly pivot to the impact on disadvantaged communities around the world. From there, we’ll discuss the moral implications of climate change and how many of us, the Presbyterian Church included, are profiting from it through our investments. Finally, we’ll discuss the case for divestment – pulling investment money out of fossil fuels. In April’s follow-up discussion we’ll discuss how individuals can use personal actions, advocacy, divestment and other market forces to help generate structural change and a move to a carbon-free future. are very fortunate to have Dr. Mark Eakin, a member of our congregation, lead the March session.  A coral reef specialist, with a Ph.D in Biological Oceanography from the University of Miami, Dr. Eakin is coordinator of NOAA's Coral Reef Watch program, an effort focused on the monitoring of coral reef ecosystems through satellite, in situ, and paleoenvironmental observations.  Dr. Eakin has worked for NOAA since 1991.  From 2000 - 2005, Dr. Eakin directed NOAA Paleoclimatology (part of NOAA's National Climate Data Center), and was Director of the World Data Center for Paleoclimatology in Boulder, CO.  Dr. Eakin has published on various topics in coral reef ecology, especially the impact of climate change and other disturbances on coral reefs.  He has testified before the U.S. Congress on the impacts of climate change on coral reefs, was a contributing author on the 2014 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Report, and a Scientific Advisor for the 2017 Sundance-winning film Chasing Coral.  Dr. Eakin is also very active with the Fossil Free PCUSA Steering Committee, a group working to get the PCUSA to divest its endowments from big oil, coal, and gas.

Upcoming Second Sunday Discussions:
May 10 - New Worshipping Communities
July 12 - Immigration