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Strategy Saturday Part 2: Continuing the Collective Commitment


Join us as we map out our next steps on local environmental sustainability and climate justice priorities as identified at the final session of our recent “Analysis to Action” series. After learning about intersectionality, elements of effective congregational action, and Ann Arbor’s advances toward carbon neutrality, we brainstormed and ranked local priorities. At this follow-up meeting, we'll start planning our strategies for action on four priorities: advocacy in local municipalities, land use, resource sharing, and waste reduction. Vegan lunch included; at 12:30 we'll travel to the Oshtemo KPL branch for an EV show.


10 AM: Welcome by Hope for Creation’s coordinator and People's Church representative

10:05-10:30 AM: History of People's sustainability efforts and tour of facility (led by Tom Hackley)

10:30-10:45 AM: Review process and priorities from “Advocacy to Action” series

10:45-11:45 AM: Working groups based on top priorities identified in March:

  • Local advocacy: advocate through regular attendance at city/county commission meetings
  • Land use: reconsider how we use our land (replace lawns with native plants, ponds, trees, regenerative agriculture); encourage more home and community gardens
  • Circular Economy/Resource sharing: organize local resource-sharing network, which could include bartering, tool-sharing, and free resources
  • Waste reduction: organize a week-long zero-waste challenge, which could include a campaign for compostable packaging and/or returnable containers

11:45-12:30 PM: Plenary: share a vegan meal and share-out each group's plan

12:30-1 PM: Adjourn to EV car show at Oshtemo KPL


May 13, 2023 at 10:00am - 12:30pm