Climate change program slated at Marietta church

MARIETTA — Jean Ambrose and Giulia Mannarino, co-vice chairs of Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action and certified members of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, will present a two-part program on climate change issues and solutions for the adult religious education classes at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta on April 22 and 29.

Hosted by the congregation’s Green Sanctuary Committee in recognition of Climate Justice Month, the classes will meet from 10-10:45 a.m. in the church Social Hall. The classes are open to the public and free of charge.

Last fall, Ambrose and Mannarino completed a three-day training program sponsored by Climate Reality Project, the organization created by former Vice President Al Gore to empower citizens to take the conversation about climate change forward and organize their comunities for action.

“We are certified by The Climate Reality Project to present free, educational programs to area students and interested area organizations,” Ambrose said. “This is our first presentation to a church group, but we are happy to tailor the presentations to other groups.”

“The Green Sanctuary Committee of the Marietta UU church is pleased to bring these programs to our Religious Explorations adult education classes,” said Dawn Hewitt, chair of the committee. “We are in the midst of a month-long focus on climate and environmental justice activities. These classes fit perfectly.”

Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action focuses on raising awareness of the science establishing the danger of climate change and the urgency of dealing with it, the group said. MOVCA is affiliated with and is the Parkersburg chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby. The group also collaborates with other environmental groups on campaigns and events in the MOV.