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Queens Residents of All Faiths Invited to Come Together November 11 to Develop an Action Plan for Climate Change

-- Muslim, Jewish and Catholic Leaders to Collaborate at Unique Queens College Event Sponsored by a Variety of Community and Religious Organizations --

FLUSHING, November 3, 2015 − Muslim, Jewish, and Catholic leaders will come together on Wednesday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m. in a unique collaborative program to discuss action on climate change.  The program, which invites community participation, will take place on the Queens College campus and will feature a panel discussion with QC Earth and Environmental Sciences Professor Stephen Pekar, Sister Carol DeAngelo, Daisy Khan, and Rabbi Lawrence Troster.  After the panel discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to choose two breakout sessions in which they can either learn more about climate change or can develop plans of action for their community, ideas for interfaith projects, or work on the Queens College campus greening initiative, among others.
This event, “Muslims, Jews, and Catholics: Standing Together Against Climate Change,” is a collaboration between the Center for Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Understanding (CERRU) at Queens College, the Central Queens Y (CQY), and the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) and is cosponsored by several other community and religious organizations. It is part of the 4th Annual Innovation Exchange of CERRU at Queens College, the Weekend of Twinning of the FFEU, and the Interfaith and Greening Initiatives of the CQY.
Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodriguez will open with a discussion of the college’s environmental “greening” efforts.  QC College Professor Stephen Pekar will discuss the latest scientific findings that debunk common climate change myths.  Religious leaders taking a stand on climate change include Sister Carol DeAngelo, Director of Peace, Justice, and Integrity of Creation for the Sisters of Charity of New York, Daisy Khan, Executive Director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement, and Rabbi Lawrence Troster, Co-founder, GreenFaith Fellowship Program.  

The event is open to the public with a $5 suggested donation. The program begins at 6:30 pm in the Rathaus Black Box Theatre at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing.  Parking is free for attendees. For an additional $5 suggested donation, attendees can also have dinner before the program from 5:45pm-6:25pm in the Q-side lounge located in the QC dining hall complex.
Please contact Yael Rosenstock at 718-570-0482 or for more information.  Media: Photographs and bios of participants are available.


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