Environmental Stewardship, Food and Faith

by Linda Hubbard on September 19, 2009

How people of faith can be better and more informed environmental stewards was the topic addressed at an all day conference held today at Trinity Parish in Menlo Park.

Following an interfaith worship service with homily provided by the Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston, the assistant Bishop of the Diocese of the California,  the Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham set the stage for the day’s multiple workshops on food, water, waste management and energy and introduced keynote speaker Jane Houlihan (pictured left), Senior Vice President for Research at Environmental Working Group.

Houlihan wove the tale of 10 Americans who had been tested and found to have 287 toxic chemicals in their body – all received while in utero. “Industrial pollutions begins in the womb,” she said. Afternoon sessions focused on sustainability best practices.

The conference was sponsored by the Commission for the Environment, Diocese of California, and California Interfaith Power & Light.

Photo by Chris Gulker

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