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Gigantic Earth Balls Ready for Earth Day — Are YOU? Join Walk for the Earth at OCU

Peace Flag Earth Balls 2EARTH WALK on EARTH DAY
WHEN: Wednesday, April 22  – –  the 46TH EARTH DAY, begun 1970
6:00 pm – Gather for Live Music / Comments
6:45 PM – WALK FOR THE EARTH
WHERE: NW 24th & Mckinley, Methodist Headquarters

 

A Walk for Earth planned for Earth Day in Oklahoma City is gaining momentum at local schools, houses of worship, planners report. “Invited are families and friends of nature and all life,” said Nathaniel Batchelder of the Peace House. “The walk will be just over a mile, around and through the campus of Oklahoma City University, designed for people of all ages,” he said. “We are expecting grandparents and baby strollers.”

Executive Director of the Oklahoma Conference of Churches Bill Tabernee said, “The earth is our God-given home and our most precious resource. We must do all we can to protect and care for it responsibly.” OCC is one of a dozen local organizations endorsing and cosponsoring the Earth Day event. Signs and banners of all groups wanting to participate are welcome, Batchelder said. “We will proclaim earth and nature to be essential to our own lives,” he said.

Live music welcoming walkers will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, 4-22-15, in the parking lot of the United Methodist headquarters, at NW 24th Street and McKinley, just east of the OCU campus, according to organizers. Brief remarks will follow, by Sierra Club state director Johnson Bridgwater and students from three local universities. “At 6:45 p.m., the walk will begin,” Batchelder said.

Three inflated earth balls will be carried by the walkers, Batchelder said. “The 6-foot earth ball should attract attention,” he said. Two 3-foot earth balls will also be carried. “Everyone is invited to bring their own sign or picture about what they love on earth,” Batchelder said.

Guitarist Bob Cross from Mayflower Congregational Church is one of the musicians beginning to play and sing before 6 p.m. “Our church is a cosponsor and we will lift our voices in celebration of life, love, and hope for the future,” Cross said. Drums, musical instruments, and noise-makers are also welcome,” Cross said. “We will make a joyful noise while we walk.”

Director of OCU’s OIKOS, or World House, Scholars program Joe Meinhart and OCU students are planning the route of the walk. “We teach our students that living in harmony with nature is essential to humanity’s future,” Meinhart said. “There is no ‘Planet B’ we can move to if we mess this one up.” he said. He said Earth Day is a day for special recognition of humanity’s relationship with nature.

Cosponsors of the Earth Walk include The Peace House, Sierra Club of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Conference of Churches, OCU’s World House Scholars, United Methodist Environmental Coalition, Center for Conscience in Action, First Unitarian Church, Edmond Trinity Church, Church of the Open Arms, Joy Mennonite Church, Mayflower Congregational Church, and Citizens Climate Lobby of Norman. More information and sign-up on the national website www.earthday.org.

Peace Flag Earth Ball 1PHOTO left: Flag & Small Earth Ball
OSU student Amanda Rauh and Johnson
Bridgwater, State Director Sierra Club of Oklahoma, hold a peace flag and earth ball.
PHOTO top : Flag & Giant Earth Ball
Nathaniel Batchelder of The Peace House and Johnson
Bridgwater, State Director Sierra Club of Oklahoma hold
a peace flag and two earth balls.

Walk for the Earth on Earth Day

2015 earthday logo

6 pm: Gather at 1501 NW 24th & McKinley
(United Methodist HQ parking lot)… for music, inspiration, and …
Walk through & around OCU Campus

Earth Balls to carry and bounce!

BRING:

  • Baby Strollers, Kids, Dogs on leashes
  • Posters & Pictures “What I Love on Earth”

ALL AGES
Young & Old Families & Children

Sponsors: The Peace House, Sierra Club of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Conference of Churches, OCU World House Scholars, United Methodist Environmental Coalition, Edmond Trinity Church, Edmond Trinity Church, Church of the Open Arms, First Unitarian Church, Joy Mennonite Church, Mayflower Congregational Church, Center for Conscience in Action, Citizens Climate Lobby of Norman.

More information and sign-up on the national website www.earthday.org.

Flyer for download, printing, distribution.

March – April 2015 issue of Oklahoma Peace Strategy is now online

OPS201503In this issue:

  • Racism Must Be Taught, p. 2
  • Hope/Reconciliation for Syria, p. 3
  • ALERTS of State Issues, p. 5
  • 1,826 Billionaires, p. 6
  • Kashmir Crossroads, p. 7
  • Climate Morals, p. 8
  • Sr. Helen Prejean in OKC, p. 9
  • 47 US Senators WRONG, p.13
  • Murrah Bomb Remembrances, p. 14

Download OPS March 2015 for offline reading/printing (PDF)

 

Peace House writes letters against Keystone XL Pipeline

Nathaniel Batchelder sent the following letter to 20 Oklahoma newspapers and five Texas newspapers, to mark a day of action against the Keystone XL pipeline to carry tar sands from Canada to the Gulf coast.

KXL PIPELINE AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Dear Editor,

Opponents of the KXL pipeline are not so much against oil as they are for a living earth, where humanity protects rather than damages nature.

The scientific consensus is that CO2 emissions must be reduced to prevent environmental catastrophe, and that means phasing out fossil fuels while clean energy sources are developed. Excavating the Canadian tar sands is an environmental disaster of huge proportions.

Fact is, global warming is real; it is human-made; and all humanity must participate in resolving this challenge. Unborn generations of the future are depending on us.

Sincerely,

Nathaniel Batchelder, Oklahoma City

 

 

 

 

At the hearing, Batchelder made a strong statement about the need for the EPA to

Stephen Kinzer, acclaimed foreign correspondent, to speak in Norman, OKC, Stillwater

kinzerok1 STEPHEN KINZER is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has covered more than 50 countries on five continents for the New York Times and many other journals. His articles and books have inspired the Washington Post to call him “among the best in popular foreign policy storytelling.”

Through the cooperation of AANW and local universities, Mr. Kinzer will address the very timely topic of “Iran & the U.S.: Permanent Enemies or Natural Partners?” Events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, November 20th

SAM MOBLE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
6:30 pm – Book Signing
7:00 pm – Lecture
Friday, November 21

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY – Stillwater
Noon – 1 PM
108 Wes Watkins Center
SPONSORS: International Studies & Outreach, AmericansAgainstTheNextWar.org

OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY – OKC
5:45 pm
Meinders School of Business, Kerr-McGee Auditorium

Photos from the 2014 Fall Peace Festival

Two of our stalwart regular photographers shared their pictures online for the rest of us to enjoy. Feel free to download and/or share them.

But first, here’s a shot by John Walters of the people most responsible for makiing the Peace Festival happen: Anne Murray, Nathaniel Batchelder and Donna Compton.

Peace House team leaders: Anne Murray, Nathaniel Batchelder and Donna Compton

You can click in the boxes below to view a slide show of multiple photos taken by John and Rena:

The Oct. – Nov. 2014 issue of Oklahoma Peace Strategy is now online

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In this issue:

  • ISIS: US Policy Wrong p. 2
  • Why is Nicaragua different? P. 4
  • Oklahoma Voting Choices Nov.4 p. 5
  • Climate March Photos pp 8 & 9
  • US Nuclear Policy Wrong p.10
  • Protesting a “Fracking” Book p. 12
  • Courageous Peacemakers p. 14
  • Why vote?

Download for offline reading/printing (PDF)

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