A recent heart transplant and near-death experience have had a profound impact on renowned climate scientist Lonnie Thompson of the Ohio State University Byrd Polar Research Center. On Thursday, October 24 from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m., Dr. Thompson will describe how his perspective has changed on his work as a climate scientist in Between Heaven and Earth: Faithfully Responding to Climate Change, an interfaith forum at the Trinity Lutheran Seminary and Bexley Seabury Seminary, 2199 East Main Street.
In conversation with an interfaith panel and audience members, Dr. Thompson will explore the scientific and spiritual dimensions of climate change. Panelists will include:
- Dr. Yosef Khan, OSU College of Medicine; Muslim Chaplain, OSU Wexner Medical Center
- Pastor Mark Diemer, Grace of God Lutheran Church; Convener, Southern Ohio Synod, Columbus Conference
- Rabbi Michael Ungar, Congregation Tifereth Israel, Columbus
There will also be a dinner before the forum at 5:30 p.m. at Bexley House, 583 Sheridan Avenue. Click here to register for the dinner and forum.
An offering will be taken to support the Carbon Covenant, an Ohio Interfaith Power and Light project to plant 3,000,000 trees on Kilimanjaro. This project addresses one of the world's most visible symbols of global warming: Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, and its melting glaciers. What's less well known is the impact of the melting snows on the people who live on its slopes, and their ambitious and detailed plans to remedy the situation while fighting global climate change.
Interfaith Power and Light empowers a religious response to climate change, and promotes energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.