Welcome to the pod! On this episode, we talk about the ways you can care for the Earth on Earth Day with David Heayn-Menendez from PAIPL, Sam Pearson from Lewisburg Neighborhoods, and Nick Pressley from the We The People Campaign. After some banter and housekeeping, we do some intro’s and hear what everyone is up to. Next, we talk about the Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light group that David Heayn-Menendez leads and their efforts to care for creation by planting trees, picking up trash, and exploring the paths towards a cleaner environment with a bike trip. In addition, there is discussion about the need to bridge faith communities and the left. Next, Sam Pearson talks with us about specific opportunities to do creation care in Lewisburg. She suggests that doing this work is long-term capacity building and an investment in our collective future and children. Lastly, we play a game on invasive species in Pennsylvania!
0-5:00: Opening + Housekeeping
5:10-11:25: Nick Pressley talks about Centre County politics, the We the People Campaign that he is leading, and his work with the 3/20 coalition which formed after the murder of Osaze Osagie by police officers in State College and the DA’s lackluster investigation into wrongdoing.
11:25- 13:20: Sam Pearson, Director Lewisburg Neighborhoods (position open!)
15:00 – 21:48: David Heayn-Menendez, Lewisburg Borough Councilmember, mayoral candidate, and Philly Aficionado
21:48 – 41:18: Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light. The need for bridges between the broader left and faith communities. The need for an organization that can work with a diverse group of people on climate justice.
44:18-53:17: PAIPL Cycling event
57:18 – 1:07:00: Creation Care in Lewisburg
1:12:05 – 1:28:07: Critical Critical Regionalism (Game on plants)
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