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Report on LDS Earth Stewardship Planning Meeting

Last Thursday we held our first LDS Earth Stewardship Planning Meeting conference call. We had approximately 8 individuals join us for the call. We discussed our organization’s goals and desired outcomes and decided that it would be good if we could hold major activities in Utah on even-numbered months (starting in February) and planning meetings via Skype on odd-numbered months. We also decided that it would be okay if we hold multiple meetings in Salt Lake County, Logan, and/or Utah County during the same month.

For our February activity, we will meet on February 8 at 9:00 a.m. to tour the church’s new “green” chapel in Farmington (459 South 1525 West). The tour will be led by Jared Doxey, the director of church architecture. After the tour, anyone who wants to stay for a brief planning meeting for LDS Earth Stewardship is welcome to attend. George is in charge of spear-heading this activity.

Some time between February 11-19, Ralf will be in Salt Lake City for a work conference. Around that time, Ralf, Peter and Soren will hold a meeting to discuss what LDS Earth Stewardship can do to foster involvement with members of the church in Europe. Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend. More details will follow soon.

In preparation for the caucuses in March, Philip will write a series of blog posts about how to participate in political caucuses to help get environmental issues onto the table in your local communities.

We will have our next conference call on Thursday, March 15th at 8:00 p.m. MST in which we will continue to discuss the organizational structure, non-profit status, and by-laws of LDS Earth Stewardship. Anyone who is interested is welcome to join this call. Those of us who attended the last call will discuss some of these issues via email between now and then.

In April, Soren will organize an LDS Earth Stewardship fireside in Salt Lake County with Craig Galli as the keynote speaker. Also in April, George will host an evening at his house to introduce Interfaith Power and Light’s new Energy Diet program. He will discuss the program and give out packets to attendees to help them host Energy Diet meeting nights in their homes for their fellow ward members, friends, and neighbors. The program is designed to teach people how to better conserve energy in their personal lives and communities. Specific dates and details will be announced as those events arrive closer.

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events! We look forward to seeing you there!

  • SteveP says:

    Sorry to have missed this as I was travelling, but it looks like some great plans ahead!

  • Peter says:

    It was a great meeting, seamlessly integrating participants on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.  A few Skype glitches, but by-and-large the technology worked very well.  I’m very optimistic about using Skype in the future to coordinate our geographically dispersed group.