From Your Climate Action Team

Welcome to a series of presenters, demonstrations, and tips to celebrate and to honor the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day – April 22, 2020.  While we are unable to gather in groups during this pandemic emergency, we are able to come together for understanding, learning and action around the existential threat of climate change.

We must not forget that the climate crisis impacts our future and cannot be helped by quarantine or hospitalization.  The worst effects are unimaginably dire; we must act now. 

Plan to join us for a variety of opportunities to learn from experts, volunteers, and each other as we explore the actions we must take to embrace new practices, ethics, and values to guide our lives on a warming planet.

Try out some of the suggestions for this coming month (April 22-May 24) that will help us learn to conserve resources and to take actions that will benefit ourselves and our world.

Upcoming Virtual Events

Earth Day Live 2020 

Strike, divest, and vote to save humanity and our planet. On April 22-24, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, millions of people around the world are going online for a three-day mobilization to stop the climate emergency.

Wednesday, April 22nd @ 7-9 MT  (Approx.. 90 min.)

Film Screening: “The Condor and the Eagle” A documentary film presented by UU Ministry For Earth (UUFME) in recognition of World Water Day – March 22, 2020.  Registration Required – RSVP HERE.

Hosted by UUFME Side With Love, the International Initiative for Transformative Collaboration (INITC) & the film impact campaign
NOTE: there will be an interfaith prayer and a blessing from Casey Camp-Horinek directly prior to the film screening on the Earth Day Live 2020 “main stage” — you’ll definitely want to tune in for that too!! Details being finalized – stay tuned for updates.

The film features four Indigenous environmental leaders as they embark on an extraordinary trans-continental adventure from the Boreal forest to deep into the heart of the Amazonian jungle to unite the peoples of North and South America and deepen the meaning of “Climate Justice”. The Condor & The Eagle documentary offers a glimpse into a developing spiritual renaissance as the film’s four protagonists learn from each other’s long legacy of resistance to colonialism and its extractive economy.  (BUUF Racial Justice Ministry Team and BUUF Climate Action Team)

April 26 (Sunday) 10:00 a.m. Honoring Our Earth – An Earth Day Climate Justice Service via Zoom

April 27 (Monday) 7:00pm – 9:00pm What’s Up with the Orange Bag ? Via Zoom:

Featuring Catherine Chertudi from Rivers Edge Environmental Consulting here in Boise. Boise City implemented a comprehensive curbside recycling and compost program a few years ago. One component, the Orange Bag meant for various plastic material, has generated questions on what should be included and more recently, where is all that plastic going?  Catherine will describe the appropriate contents for the Orange Bag and give us an update on the status of the program.

May 6 (Wednesday) 7:00pm -9:00pm En-ROADS – Climate solutions calculator demonstration via Zoom:

Greg Weeks, Citizens Climate Lobby volunteer and trained En-ROADS Ambassador. The biggest challenges facing us are made up of complex interconnected parts.  People need better ways to understand the full picture.  En-ROADS, an interactive climate change solutions simulator, was created by Climate Interactive, an independent think tank that grew out of MIT Sloan in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Based on a long tradition of system dynamics modeling, our simulations and insights help people see connections, play out scenarios and see what works to address climate change, inequity, and related issues like energy, health and food. Greg will conduct the simulation to help us understand these interconnected issues and create solutions that can be applied in the real world.

May 13 7:00pm – 9:00pm Climate Realities in the Age of COVID-19 Via Zoom

Tyra Benoit, member of the Climate Reality Project Leadership Corps. Over the past few weeks, the existential threat of climate change has taken a back seat to the struggle against the novel coronavirus.  However, this fight has demonstrated that we can make significant changes to our way of life in a very short amount of time. What is the current state of climate disruption in Idaho, the United States, and across the globe?  What solutions hold the most promise for us in the next decade?

May 20 at 7-9pm Hike the Divide: A Conversation about Climate Action on the Continental Divide Trail  Q and A with Connor DeVane

Follow the link to view the film independently and join the conversation with Connor DeVane, filmmaker, on May 20 via Zoom. “Hike the Divide” is a feature-length documentary that follows jaded millennial Connor DeVane 2,700 miles from Canada to Mexico on the Continental Divide Trail as he seeks hope in the face of climate breakdown. The film, structured around a physical journey through environments both harsh and breathtakingly beautiful, shares the stories of the community activists and problem solvers Connor meets, marking a trail from apathy and resignation to hope and engagement. 


The Earth Day Network also has a great map of events to choose from! 

April 25 11am MDT


Not all of us are able to focus on climate change right now, but for those who can, we invite you to join us on Saturday, 4/25 at 1pm ET for our “Uniting from Home” virtual #EarthDay event! You’ll hear from climate leaders, learn about quick actions we can take to help #climate change, and get trained. Please (virtually) bring a friend by tagging them in the comments below!



Speaker Bios

Catherine Chertudi: What’s Up With The Orange Bag?

Catherine Chertudi has worked for more than 30 years solving complex water and waste issues in Idaho. Currently, Catherine has an independent consulting company and is working with Dow Plastics and Reynolds Consumer Packaging on the Hefty Energy Bag program.

Catherine worked for the City of Boise Public Works Environmental Division for 28 years as an environmental program manager overseeing a broad range of environmental issues including trash, recycling, composting, ground water remediation and protection, and hazardous materials management.  During her time with the city, Catherine was responsible for implementation of public education and outreach programs and developed data tracking and survey systems to ensure programs were effective and cost-efficient.  Prior to working for the city, Catherine worked for the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality managing the Water Bureau Enforcement and Technical Support Division.

Catherine served on the Board of Directors for the Groundwater Foundation and was a long-time Groundwater Guardian community leader.  Catherine was also a founding member of the Idaho Water Awareness Week education program for 4-6th grade students in Idaho.  Catherine served on the Boise WaterShed Exhibits board of directors and was instrumental in the development of the Boise WaterShed Environmental Education Center.

In 2009, Catherine received an American Public Works Association, International Jennings Randolph Fellowship to study water management issues in Australia and was a speaker at the International Public Works Conference in Melbourne.

Catherine was selected as a 2016 Idaho Business Review, Idaho Woman of the Year award winner.

Greg Weeks: En-ROADS

Greg Weeks is a semi-retired economic consultant with experience in evaluation research, environmental economics, data systems development and performance measurement. He earned his Ph.D. in resource and labor economics from Washington State University. He started his career as an economics professor and taught resource, environmental and labor economics at several universities, most recently, at The Evergreen State College. He has 15 years of experience in state government, focusing on employment statistics, research and performance measurement. Greg has broad consulting experience and has received numerous national and state awards. Greg lives in Boise with his wife and a large Bernie-doodle dog. He has two daughters and three grandsons, upon which he is doting.

Tyra Benoit: Climate Reality Project

Our presenter, Tyra Benoit, holds an MA in History and taught about world civilizations for over forty years at the secondary and college levels.  She traveled extensively, both independently and as a Fulbright Scholar.  At the end of her career she served as a college dean.  In 2019, her concern for the survival of her own civilization led her to the Climate Reality Project.  She is currently a member of the Climate Reality Project Leadership Corps and promises to leave you with hope for a sustainable future.