On Saturday, November 7, 2009, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Seacoast Summit on Sustainability: Greening our Communities will be held at the Portsmouth Library, 175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, NH.
The conference is being presented by Creating a Peaceful World by Sustaining our Future, a community group. All concerned citizens are invited to attend, become more informed about environmental issues of sustainability facing the seacoast community, learn how to take action, green our communities, and become prepared to sustain ourselves in the future, given the realities of climate change.
Dr. Tom Kelly, Director of Sustainability Programs at the University of New Hampshire, will be the opening speaker. Nine workshops will follow, in three tracks: Food, school nutrition, and sustainability, Town and state Activities and Planning, and Educating and Promoting Environmental Wisdom in Faith Communities. Panelists will include local sustainability leaders, in the towns of Barnstead, Dover, Durham, Epping, Exeter, Lee, Northwood, Barrington, Portsmouth, and Rochester.
The summit is sponsored by the Peace and Social Concerns Committee of the Dover Friends Meeting. Participating faith communities include: Interfaith Sustainability Team, Durham Community Church, Exeter Congregational Church, Dover Congregational Church, Durham Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Unitarian Universalist South Church, and the Exeter Unitarian Universalist Church. A vegetarian meal will be served; workshops will be 75 to 90 minutes each, and there will be a short wrap-up session at 4:15 p.m. This Seacoast Summit is free to all.
Dr. Phyllis Killam-Abell, one of the founders and the coordinator of Creating a Peaceful World by Sustaining Our Future says, “Working toward sustainability is essential to preserve and respect the earth’s resources. Climate change, water shortages, poverty and diminishing supplies of oil and other commodities demand sustainable policies on the part of government and the private sector.” She describes “sustainability” as “the use of a resource in such a manner that it is not depleted or permanently damaged.”
Sponsors include the Peace and Social Concerns Committee of the Dover Friends Meeting, The Interfaith Sustainability Team, the Green Sanctuary Committee of the Durham Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, the Seacoast African American Cultural Center (SAACC), Seacoast Peace Response, the Seacoast NAACP.
For additional information, please contact Dr. Killiam-Abell, 603-580-1934, or Ms. Heidi Porter, 207-384-0048. For four years Creating A Peaceful World by Sustaining our Future weekly has offered speakers, films, readings and discussion on sustainability issues on Wednesday evenings, 7:00 p.m., at Friends Meeting House, 141 Central Ave., Dover.