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Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, April 8

Apr 8, 2020

First hour: Discussing local climate action efforts

Second hour: How faith leaders are helping people make spiritual connections during the pandemic

Earth Day is coming, and even during the pandemic, there's a lot going on. We talk with guests who are engaged in the following efforts: Developing a "Go All Electric" campaign to promote beneficial electrification; working on a framework to support the formation of citizen action teams in local municipalities; partnering with the City Wide Tenant Union to engage renters in advocating for healthy, efficient, affordable housing; intervening in RG&E's rate case; and convening a formal, climate-focused collective impact initiative for the Finger Lakes region. Our guests:

  • Katie Rygg, co-lead for the Rochester chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby
  • Hridesh Singh, senior at Brighton High School, board secretary for the Rochester People‚Äôs Climate Coalition, co-founder of the Brighton High School Climate Club, and member of the leadership team for the Rochester Youth Climate Leaders
  • Calvin Eaton, executive director of 540WMain Communiversity
  • Abby McHugh-Grifa, executive director of Rochester People's Climate Coalition

Then in our second hour, local churches are taking precautions to protect congregants during the pandemic. Masses are streamed online, and a number of services are being offered to help people stay connected spiritually, while practicing physical distancing. This hour, we're joined by local faith leaders to discuss their efforts and how they are providing spiritual care during a time of grief, fear, and unease. Our guests:

  • Pastor Matthew Martin Nickoloff, South Wedge Mission
  • Pastor Imani Olear, Reformation Lutheran Church
  • Reverend Shari Halliday-Quan, First Unitarian Church of Rochester