Climate Solution Talks

Together We Can (with God’s Help): Solutions to Climate Change

The news on continuing climate change impacts can be overwhelming, but this spring St. Paul's Cathedral, with the support of the Simpler Living Ministry, is focusing on the range of solutions that are also springing up and why we as Christians must be engaged. Please join us for one or all of the following Sunday morning discussions. Each talk starts at 9:00 a.m. and will take place in the Guild Room. All are welcome!


This is part of our 2017 Reconciliation series, the Cathedral's communal focus this year. Our goal is to make a weekly safe space to be face-to-face with the people who we might not normally come into contact with and to reflect on how we can be agents of reconciliation.

Sunday, April 23, 9:00 a.m.: “Our Heroic Journey to Keep Earth Livable” 

Join author Lee Van Ham as he leads off our four-week series on creation care and earth stewardship with a talk based on his recently released book, “From Egos to Eden: Our Heroic Journey to Keep Earth Livable.” This seminar provides a map for our heroic journey on planet Earth as civilizational and ecological crises build toward apocalyptic breakdowns. We'll identify key change points on the journey, important guides, and transforming processes. Leaving the MultiEarth thinking and living that has created our crises, we'll walk the trail to the utterly different OneEarth thinking and living. Born to a Dutch-English, tenant-farming family in Iowa, Lee Van Ham went on to pastor congregations in Chicago and Lincoln, NE, for 32 years before switching to work explicitly on the interplay between justice, ecology, economics, and spirituality. In 1999, Van Ham joined others in forming Jubilee Economics, a nonprofit focused in OneEarth living.

lee-van-ham.jpg (author Lee Van Ham)


Sunday, April 30, 9:00 a.m.: "The Power of Electricity Choice"  

The City of San Diego's landmark 2015 Climate Action Plan committed the City to "100% Renewable Energy by 2035." Through a Community Choice program, however, San Diego could switch to 100% clean energy much sooner. St. Paul’s parishioner Erika Morgan serves as Executive Director of the San Diego Energy District, a non-profit working to implement electricity choice. She will describe how Choice programs work and what we in San Diego can do to capture the resulting benefits for our region, the state and the planet.

erika-morgan.jpg(Erika Morgan, Executive Director of the San Diego Energy District)


Sunday, May 7, 9:00 a.m.: "Climate Change, Political Will, and Personal Empowerment"

Can Congress pass a law that will grow the economy, create jobs, save lives, and reduce U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by over 50% in just twenty years? What is the difference between “fee and dividend” and a carbon tax? How can we as individuals and groups bring our political will to the table? These and more questions will be addressed by Carl Yaeckel, retired attorney and Congressional Liaison with Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL), which is headquartered right here in San Diego. With more than 45,000 volunteers and 325 chapters across the country, CCL is bringing lawmakers together to work on climate change solutions.

carl-yaeckel.jpg(Carl Yaeckel, retired attorney and Congressional Liaison with Citizens Climate Lobby)


Sunday, May 14, 9:00 a.m.: "Fossil Fuel Divestment"

There is little scientific debate that if Big Oil burns all of their proven fossil fuel reserves, climate change will go from being a significant problem to a devastating one. One way to pressure these companies to leave 80% of these reserves in the ground is through divestment.  What is divestment? Where has it succeeded? What are the impacts for investors, both individual and corporate? Might it be appropriate for St. Paul’s? These questions will be discussed by Dr. Eric Halgren, Neuroscientist at UCSD, who has been in the middle of efforts to get both UCSD and CALPERS and CALSTIRS to divest. A response will be offered by St. Paul’s own Endowment Committee.

dr.-eric-halgren.jpg (Dr. Eric Halgren, Neuroscientist at UCSD)