At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1, Gene Duvernoy, founder and CEO emeritus of Forterra, will lead a panel of experts and policy leaders in a discussion of what individuals need to do to help protect our environment and deal with climate change. It will be held at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Walmesley Center, 7000 35th Ave. SW. The public is invited.
The event is hosted by the joint Green Ministry of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Holy Rosary parishes to celebrate the Season of Creation, Sept. 1-Oct. 4.
Duvernoy founded Forterra (then called Cascade Land Conservancy) in 1989 in his attic. It now has offices in Seattle and Tacoma and in the last 30 years, working with a number of partners, has conserved more than 250,000 acres of land in Washington, about four times the land in the city limits of Seattle. Duvernoy was chosen to lead Earth Day Northwest 2020 by Denis Hayes, president and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation, who was the national organizer of the first Earth Day in 1970.
EARTH DAY 2020—50 YEARS LATER
Climate Change: It’s Time to Act!
Let’s Talk About How!
Tuesday, October 1, 7:00 PM
Our Lady of Guadalupe Walmesley Center
(3410 SW Myrtle Ave. SW, Seattle, cross streets—SW Myrtle and 35th Ave. SW)
The countdown has begun and the joint Green Ministry of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Holy Rosary will host a panel discussion on the relevance and importance of Earth Day as we approach its 50th anniversary.
Gene Duvernoy*, leader of Earth Day Northwest 2020, will be joined by experts and policy leaders in a discussion of how individuals and organizations can, and must, incorporate into everyday life steps that help to preserve our planet, what Pope Francis refers to as “our common home.”
*GENE DUVERNOY has spent more than 30 years working on land conservation and building community, founding Forterra (then called Cascade Land Conservancy). He was tapped for the leadership role of Earth Day Northwest 2020 by Denis Hayes, organizer of the first Earth Day in 1970.
OTHER PANELISTS INCLUDE:
LYLIANNA ALLALA – Board Member of Environmental Professionals Of Color; Leadership Group Member of EARTH DAY NW 2020; Program Manager for the Equity & Environment Initiative For The City Of Seattle
REV. PAUL BENZ – Co-director of the Faith Action Network; an ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Leadership Group Member for EARTH DAY NW 2020; and is a long-time leader on many social-justice issues.
AMY SNOVER – Director, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group; Affiliate Associate Professor, UW School of Marine & Environmental Affairs; Director, Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center at UW; convening lead author for the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment.