Jeff Renner to speak on ‘Our Changing Weather’

Taming Bigfoot also part of presentation
By Monda Van Hollebeke | Oct 26, 2017
Jeff Renner

After three months of hot, dry summer weather, we may be asking ourselves: Has climate change come to Edmonds, as it has everywhere else?

On Nov. 2 at 7 p.m., Jeff Renner former chief meteorologist and science reporter with Seattle’s KING-TV, will speak at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, in the Pastoral Center, 630 Seventh Ave. N, Edmonds, to address this topic.

Renner has served on the boards of the American Meteorological Society and Climate Central, and has participated in conferences at the White House and the Vatican. He has a degree in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington and in science journalism from the University of Wisconsin.

This presentation, open to the public, is being sponsored by the Committee on Care of Creation, a subgroup of the Peace and Justice Commission at Holy Rosary, and by the Interfaith Climate Action group of Edmonds, a consortium of local churches answering the moral imperative to do something about climate change.

Dr. Sandy Brown, pastor of Edmonds United Methodist Church, which spearheaded the founding of Interfaith Climate Action, will address the audience after Renner’s talk and suggest ways for individuals to reduce their carbon footprints and help create a healthier environment.

He will explain the local contest, “Taming Bigfoot Edmonds,” being directed by a steering committee of the mayor’s Climate Protection Committee and Interfaith Climate Action.

Taming Bigfoot Edmonds is a three-month competition for teams of seven people each to document their monthly use of water, gas, oil, electricity, nonrecyclable garbage, and other consumer habits that have a measurable carbon effect.

The first month will measure business as usual, starting Jan. 1. The following two months will be an attempt by each team to lower its total carbon “score,” followed by a closing event celebration and awarding of many prizes on a date near Earth Day in April.

Audience members will be given an opportunity to sign up for this contest.

The Rev. John Whitney, pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish in Seattle, will offer an invocation at the beginning of the Nov. 2 event. He is a noted speaker and writer on Pope Francis’s encyclical, “Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home.”


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