Eco-Justice Collaborative can bring a stimulating, interactive and fun learning experience to your church, synagogue, school or other organization.  We can provide single presentations; an educational series; or workshops tailored to meet your needs both in time and content.

Each workshop not only raises awareness of the impacts of our unsustainable use of resources on our planet and people (particularly in developing countries), but also highlights solutions.  We believe that, as a society, we have all the tools we need to begin to heal our planet and bring about a just distribution of resources. The will to make change is up to us!

Sustainable Lifestyles Contact us for more information or to schedule a workshop.

Lifestyles for a Sustainable Future – 6 Week Series

  • How does our faith guide us in responding to the environmental challenges of the future?
  • How can our actions reflect the justice and affirmation of life in which we believe?
  • What covenant will we make to lessen our footprint on our world?
  • Explore:
    • The impacts of our patterns of consumption
    • How to create a sustainable food system
    • Our energy future in a post-oil world
    • The realities of climate change and what we can do
    • Choices we make through our spending and investments

A Theology of Enough

This is a three-part series, especially designed for faith communities:

  • “Just” Consumption:  What does our faith tradition tell us about consumerism?
  • “Just” Eating:  Why is food both an ecological and justice issue?
  • “Kicking the Fossil Fuel Habit”:
    • Why relying on coal and oil is not sustainable
    • What are our options?

Our Ecological Footprint: What is the real cost of our lifestyles and the American Dream?

  • How much of the earth’s bio-capacity is required to support your lifestyle?
  • What are the costs of this lifestyle?
  • How do we compare to other countries?
  • What can we do today to live more sustainably?

Our Food System – Preparing for the Future

  • The History of our industrial agricultural food system.
  • How our system is dependent on fossil fuels.
  • Why changing your diet is the best thing you can do for our environment.
  • Creating a food system that is healthy for people and our planet.

Multi-Media Presentation on Coal

With the largest recoverable bituminous coal reserves in the nation, Illinois is literally coal country.  Proponents of coal call it the cheap and abundant fuel of the future, touting “clean coal technologies” as the key to its future promise.  But is coal really clean and inexpensive when fully considering its environmental and health affects?

Pam & Lan Richart, co-directors of the Eco-Justice Collaborative, will take us on an Illinois coal tour that most people don’t see, sharing environmental and socio-economic insights on mining from its extraction to waste disposal.  Learn about:

  • The history of Illinois’ coalfields.
  • The ravages of the current Illinois coal boom.
  • Communities who are standing up to protect their health and well-being from coal’s devastating impacts.
  • The real costs associated with ramping up our Illinois coal economy? Can we afford it?

Weighing the Cost of Coal in Illinois

For years coal has been treated as a king in Illinois, with the prevailing assumption that the industry was an economic engine bringing jobs and valuable economic development to our state. But, it turns out, that isn’t true!  In this presentation you will learn about:

  • Coal subsidies.
  • The net effect the coal industry has on the state budget.
  • What costs from mining and burning coal are externalized to the taxpayer.
  • Who really benefits from mining coal in Illinois.
  • And more.
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