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An interfaith response to climate change

I recently sat down with Rachel Winner from the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development in Jerusalem (although we spoke in Central Pennsylvania.) Not only does she share with me the work they do at the center, but we talk about various models of addressing climate change and ecology from an interfaith perspective.

 Rachel Winner, Project Manager, ICSD and Director of Outreach and Events, UPFSI

Rachel Winner, Project Manager, ICSD and Director of Outreach and Events, UPFSI

The idea of Environmental Stewardship came up. This is the concept where believers are reminded that they are stewards of the earth and have a responsibility to take care of it. I admit I am not a huge fan of the stewardship approach; it sounds tepid in the face of a climate crisis. Rachel and  I talk about this as she tries to get me to better understand and appreciate the concept.

What do you think of Stewardship? I’d love to start a discussion about this.

Also, I got my husband, Glen Retief, to share a story about his home country of South Africa. There is a recent rise in renewable energy projects. He tells us about this in his jaunty adorable fashion. (replete with a variety of accents too!)

Finally, I travel to the future and unearth a news report that reveals the stunning roles faith communities are about to take in addressing climate change.

Have a listen to Episode 28 of the Climate Stew Podcast! Climate_Stew_Logo_Square1400x1400

South African author, Glen Retief on the banks of the wild Susquehanna River.

South African author, Glen Retief on the banks of the wild Susquehanna River.


Author: Peterson Toscano

Peterson Toscano is a quirky queer Quaker concerned about Climate Change. His website is

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  1. Dr Colonel Nagar M Verma on June 19, 2015 at 1:42 am

    Dear Friends, A very valuable initiative. In India, impacts of climate change are magnifying risks increasing the costs of disasters. The devastating floods and landslides are examples where floods of Uttrakhand and Jammu and Kashmir have claimed about 7000 lives and loss of millions dollars in form of agriculture, houses, infrastructure and many other social institutions. Saritsa Foundation is a Mobile University for Disaster Risk Reduction and minimizing impacts of climate change. It prepares about 10,000 women, girls, school children, youth, disabled , older people corporate employees and other societal groups by reaching at the Door Steps of people to raise awareness about the risks of disasters and impacts of climate change. It has planned 3 workshops in the month of early July for visually impaired men and women of National Association for Blinds Mumbai on 3 and 4 JULY 2015. a Workshop for orphaned children of DOMBOSCOW Home in Mumbai as well as a workshop for disadvantaged women. The mission goes on. We are scheduled to organize workshops for youth of National University of Jaipur, ILS University for Girls Jaipur, Hardev Joshi University of Journalism at Jaipur in August /Sep 2015.
    Ilook forward to take this mission forward to rural and urban India where millions of people need access to information, knowledge to adapt to impacts of climate change and Disasters. Let us work jointly. With regards-Dr Colonel Nagar M Verma

    • Peterson Toscano on June 19, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      This sounds like excellent work–so creative and needed. Thank you for commenting. I will look more into what you are doing and begin to follow you on-line. I hope to share some of your work with Climate Stew listeners soon.