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Diocesan Spotlight

Breakout speakers for Leadership Day announced

A recent report from the global scientific authority on climate change warned us that the catastrophic effects of climate change could become our reality as early as 2030.

According to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the planet will reach the threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels by 2030. For the world at large, this heightens the risk of extreme drought, wildfires, flood, and food shortages for hundreds of millions of people.

Reversing centuries worth of damage to our world seems like a task entirely too large to take on. Global net emissions of carbon dioxide would need to lessen by nearly 50% and reach "net zero" in order to maintain a suitable climate. Because climate change seems like such an abstract thought, it is difficult to believe these changes are effecting us locally; it is even more difficult to know how we can even begin to make a difference.

With less than three weeks left until Leadership Day, we are proud to announce our breakout speakers, those who will offer facts and figures on climate change that effect our own local worlds.

Join us as Dr. James McClintock offers a riveting presentation on science and our stewardship of creation. As a fellow Episcopalian, he has served as an Endowed University Professor of Polar and Marine Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham since 1987. McClintock has led/co-directed more than a dozen scientific expeditions with the United States Antarctic Program (USAP). Together, he and his research collaborators have become the world's authorities on Antarctic marine chemical ecology. He is the author of A Naturalist Goes Fishing and Lost in Antarctica – Adventures in a Disappearing Land.

Listed below are our speakers and a small bio detailing their life's work:
• Rebecca McKinney: Food Systems and Sustainability/Resiliency
Sustainability Specialist, Bon Secours Health Systems, Greenville; Director, Sustainable Agriculture Program, Greenville Technical College; Founder, SC Organization for Organic Living
Rebecca spends her time growing, raising, preserving and preparing food, and encouraging others to do the same. She is the executive director for SCOOL (South Carolina Organization for Organic Living), the academic program director for the Sustainable Agriculture Certificate Program at Greenville Tech, and Sustainability Specialist for Bon Secours St. Francis Health System.

• Lori Ziolkowski: Climate Change: Dispelling Myths
Asst. Professor, School of Earth, Ocean and Environment, University of South Carolina
Lori is a Canadian who turned her love of the outdoors into a career in science. From her first fieldwork experience as a high school student in northern Canada's boreal forest sampling microbial material on Arctic glaciers, today, she is passionate about understanding what controls the limits of life and carbon recycling on Earth. She has a special focus on biogeochemistry, geochemistry, and climate change. She is the first non-European to be awarded the Baillet LaTour/International Polar Foundation Fellowship, which is given to one scientist every two years.

• Shelley Robbins: Energy and Advocacy
Energy and State Policy Director, Upstate Forever
Shelley holds a degree in economics from Duke University, where she spent time at the Duke Marine Lab, and an MBA from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Her varied experience includes working with lemurs at the Duke Primate Center, regulating water and wastewater utilities for the Florida Public Service Commission, advocating for the protection of the Florida coast and outer continental shelf in Governor Lawton Chiles' Environmental Policy Unit, and facilitating technology transfer at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. She has been with Upstate Forever since 2007 and has lived in Spartanburg since 1998. She covers energy, transportation, and solid waste and recycling issues.

• Rob Brown: Land Use and Conservation
Rector, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Spartanburg
Rob serves as rector of Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church in Spartanburg. Prior to seminary he worked as a legislative assistant and aide to Congresswoman Liz Patterson in Washington DC and in Spartanburg. He has a special interest in helping Christians serve as Stewards of God's Creation, and is currently doing doctoral work at Sewanee to sharpen that focus.

• John Tynan, Water Quality
Conservation Voters of South Carolina
Prior to joining CVSC, John oversaw the customer service, marketing, and government relations sections of Central Arkansas Water. He has also served as the Deputy Director of Upstate Forever and Commissioner of Public Works for the City of Greenville. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Furman University and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University. He is also a 2010 Enviropreneur Fellow from the Property and Environment Research Center.

Join us on November 2 for Leadership Day for a discussion on faith and conservation. To register for this event, please click here.

There is a $50 registration fee that includes dinner.
Registration will begin at 1:00pm. Dr. James McClintock will give his speech shortly after at 1:30pm. Breakout discussions with our local environmental leaders with take place from 2:30 – 3:15pm and 3:45 – 4:30pm. We will end with our closing plenary and Evening Prayer at 5:00pm. Dinner will begin at 6:30pm.

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  • Bishop Greg Rickel on Stewardship
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  • Dean Timothy Jones of Trinity Cathedral
  • The Rev. Dr. James Farwell
  • Ms. Terri Mathes
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  • Bill Hunter of the Advent Shoppe
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  • Thompson Booth
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