Sen. Casey Leads Panel Discussion on the Biblical Imperative For Climate Action

Discussion of Faith, Children, and the Moral Dimensions of Climate Change at Eastern University


St. Davids, PA, September 11, 2015: On Friday, September 18, 2015 2:30pm ET, Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA) will moderate a discussion on the moral call for climate action issued by Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, the Cape Town Commitment by senior evangelical leaders worldwide, and by the The Evangelical Climate Initiative representing over 300 senior evangelical leaders in the United States. The  discussion is co-hosted by Eastern University and will be held in McInnis Auditorium on the St. Davids campus.

“Climate change impacts every person in the world making it the greatest moral challenge of our time,” states the Rev. Mitch Hescox, President of the Evangelical Environmental Network. “It also presents the greatest opportunity for hope in building a clean energy economy providing  good jobs, clean air, pure water, and a quality future for all God’s children worldwide.”

Eastern University has been an environmental leader among  Pennsylvania colleges since 2004. As a member of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Leadership Club and provider of solar energy on the St. Davids campus, Eastern has made environmental stewardship a key element in displaying its commitment to faith, reason, and justice through the care and sustainability of God’s creation.

“I’m excited that Eastern University has the opportunity to explore this very important topic with such an outstanding panel pulled together by Senator Casey,” says University Provost, Dr. Keith Iddings.

Integral to discussion will be ways to implement the Environmental Protection Agency’s The Clean Power Plan, investing in clean energy, and working to ensure a just tradition for Pennsylvania workers.

Welcome & Opening Prayer: Dr. Keith Iddings, Provost of Eastern University

Panelists include: 

  • The Rev. Mitchell Hescox, President & CEO, The Evangelical Environmental Network
  • Sister Mary Elizabeth Clark, The Sisters of Saint Joseph Earth Center
  • Daniel P. Scheid, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, McAnulty College & Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Department of Theology, Duquesne University
  • Ms. Gretchen Dahlkemper, National Field Manager, Moms Clean Air Force
  • David W. Unander, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Eastern University

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