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Toward a Better Future: Transforming the Climate Crisis

Thursday, February 28, 2019
at 7:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, March 2, 2019

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2019 Rothko Chapel Symposium
Toward a Better Future: Transforming the Climate Crisis
February 28 - March 2, 2019
at the Rothko Chapel and University of St. Thomas

Central to the mission of the Chapel is the commitment to support those who are marginalized and to strengthen our collective efforts to address the world’s most divisive and difficult problems. In recent years, our programming has focused on critical issues with regional, national and international implications including income inequality, mass incarceration, immigration reform and racial inequality.

During the 2018-2019 season, the Chapel will focus on the human costs and responsibilities related to climate change – with special attention on those who live on the social, political and economic margins. Engaging this topic is particularly timely as there is an unprecedented interreligious, artistic, scientific, environmental, academic and philanthropic convergence and consensus that climate change is one of the most critical, moral and ethical issues facing us today. Since Houston is the self-proclaimed “energy capital of the world,” we have a unique opportunity to engage a larger constituency and place our regional work within the context of broader national and international climate change efforts. 

Our initiative will provide opportunities for people from around the world, especially those most impacted by climate change, to share their experiences heightening a more pronounced public voice and the building of a larger and more effective global climate change network. Business, scientific, academic, environmental and interreligious leaders will be invited to contribute to our efforts with the goal that the programs and organizing models we present can be used in other places where the issue of climate change and its impact is not readily accepted or being effectively addressed.

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