WHERE JUSTICE, PUBLIC HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT MEET
By Steering Committee Member Dick Williams
“The whole ‘show’ came out of the trunk of Niamh’s Honda Fit,” commented a Steering Committee member at its follow-up meeting to the November 9th “Environment + Climate Crisis Forum”.
Five days prior to the event we were told that the heating system in St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church had broken down. Two buts: (1) We had planned the Forum as a hybrid in case the pandemic worsened in Baltimore City; and, (2) Temperatures the day of the Forum rose as high as into the low 70s, assuring that the building wouldn’t be frigid that evening.
We rolled with the dice we had. Of the 130 plus registrants and walk-ins, 120 appeared in person or via Zoom—with a majority preferring to attend virtually.
We gathered in Bullock Fellowship Hall, socially distanced, masked and bundled up. The rest of us gathered virtually. Nearly all had selected the topic of their choice to collaborate on prior to arrival so check-in went smoothly.
Niamh and Tanaira, the principal “brain trust” of this Forum, offered opening remarks which included establishing grounds rules about break-out room discussion, note-taking, chart-writing and listening for those who hadn’t had a turn yet to speak. Our trained facilitators then gathered with their groups.
As no one of the Steering Committee was able to attend all of the break-outs, let us share from our brief post-Forum Survey what attendees thought.
Our first question was: Please share with us a prime takeaway for you from the Forum? Here’s a sampling of the 17 responses:
Thanks all! ♥
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