Earth Day Program!
Rising Seas: A Response of Faith
The Wicomico Interfaith Partners for Creation Stewardship (WIPCS), a project of WET, joins the Assateague Coastal Trust in hosting their second annual Earth Day event on Friday, April 21st and Saturday April 22nd. The year’s event will explore the local impacts of climate change and how communities of faith can respond.
Friday, April 21st 6:30 PM
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
115 St. Peters St.
Salisbury, MD 21801
WIPCS’s Earth Day celebration will begin the evening of Friday, April 21st at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in downtown Salisbury. Our Friday evening program will feature key-note speaker Stuart Clarke, Executive Director of the Town Creek Foundation . Mr. Clarke is the co-chair of the Maryland Climate Change Commission. Mr. Clarke holds degrees from both Lafayette College in Pennsylvania and Yale University. Mr. Clarke's roles with the Maryland Climate Change Commission and Town Creek Foundation, he also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Greenpeace, the Blue Mountain Center, and the Association of Baltimore Area Grant-makers. Mr. Clarke will be speaking about Maryland’s efforts to move towards a clean energy future.
Saturday, April 22nd 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Asbury United Methodist Church
1401 Camden Ave.
Salisbury, MD 21801
WIPCS’s Earth Day celebration continues Saturday, April 22nd with a program featuring presentations from experts on the local impacts of climate change as well a track for children ages 5-12 (more information on youth program below).
Mr. Farley (pictured below) is the Director of the Chesapeake College Center for Leadership in Environmental Education. He leads the College’s sustainability efforts, including renewable energy, carbon neutrality, and watershed remediation, and works with community partners on climate change and resiliency planning. He was named a 2013 “Climate Hero” by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and has won several awards for teaching in the natural sciences. He is co-editor, with Jennifer Chirico, of “Thinking Like an Island: Navigating a Sustainable Future in Hawaii.” A biologist by training, he holds degrees from Duke University and The Florida State University.
Mr. Farley’s presentation is titled: “Rising Seas, Warmer Seasons: Climate-Change Predictions for Maryland and the Delmarva Peninsula.” The presentation will examine what global and regional climate change models predict for the future of the Eastern Shore region.
Elizabeth (Liz) Van Dolah, M.A.A.
Ms. Van Dolah (pictured below) is an assistant coordinator and researcher for the Deal Island Peninsula Project, a collaborative project of Sea Grant and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland that seeks to enhance the resilience of the Deal Island Peninsula area in Somerset County to ongoing and future environmental changes. She received her Masters in Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland-College Park in 2012, and is currently working on her PhD at the University of Maryland, where she is studying how heritage is used as a tool to shape climate change decision-making. As an environmental anthropologist, Liz's interests are in supporting environmental planning initiatives by developing understandings of the social and cultural factors that support successful collaboration and healthy human-environmental dynamics. Liz will be sharing insights about her work on Deal Island.
Saturday’s adult program will conclude with an interfaith panel and open discussion about the impacts of climate change and how communities of faith can respond. Moderator for the panel will be Mike Pretl Esq., currently President of the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance and a scholar on Climate Change.
Saturday Youth Program
WIPCS is excited to offer a youth program for children ages 5-12 on Saturday, April 22nd. This program offered in conjunction with SBY Art Space, will feature hands on learning opportunities as well as arts and crafts. Since only 30 spaces are available for the children’s component, registration is required.
Edible Aquifers: Ever wonder where your water comes from? This fun, hands-on activity will help kids learn about aquifers and how to keep them clean and healthy, all while providing a scrumptious snack as well.
Enviroscape Watershed Activity
What happens when it rains? This fun activity will help children understand runoff and where the water goes when it rains.
Fanciful Windsock Fish
Children will have an opportunity to learn about aquatic creatures that call the Wicomico River home and then make whimsical windsock recreations. The windsocks will get a chance to join marchers from the Eastern Shore at the People’s Climate March in Washington, DC on Saturday, April 29th.
For more information and registration about the youth program, please contact
Ellen Sprouls at 410-546-4748.
These Earth Day events are generously supported by the Town Creek Foundation and the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore along with members of WET and ACT.
Greg Farley Elizabeth Van Dolah