Climate Solutions of Waldo County sponsors workshop March 22

Feb 09, 2020
Jennifer Comeau will speak March 22 at the UU Church in Belfast.

Belfast — Jennifer Comeau of Kennebunkport, an engineer, singer-songwriter, speaker and self-described "ally of the earth," will conduct a workshop in which she plans to share what she learned at the recent international Climate Change & Consciousness Conference in Findhorn, Scotland.

All are welcome to attend her "Climate Conversation" Sunday, March 22, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 37 Miller St.

According to a press release from Climate Solutions of Waldo County, sponsor of the event, Comeau returned from Scotland "filled with the deeply held conviction that amid the paralyzing bad news is a profound and sacred gift, an evolutionary impulse that humans have both yearned for and forgotten."

“Never has there been a more important time to be alive, to serve the interconnectedness of life,” Comeau said. To do so, she said, takes “strong hope, deep courage, and big love.”

At the workshop, Comeau will share "the wisdom of these global leaders and visionaries, as well as explore how we as individuals and communities can adapt new capacities in the face of climate change," according to the press release. The event is intended to catalyze ongoing community conversations, bringing together diverse and intergenerational voices, especially those of young people, throughout New England.

“There’s room for every perspective, and everything belongs, even the awkward bits,” Comeau said.

Climate Solutions of Waldo County's vision is to achieve energy independence by 2030.

According to the press release, the workshop will focus on:

- Understanding the crucial skills and capacities necessary to meet "These Times" with deep equanimity.

- Raising consciousness by de-programming the story of “the Other” and “earth as resource to exploit.”

- Infecting the “Field of Possibility” with imaginative solutions and optimism.

- Raising funds for visionaries and organizations that seek to preserve, restore, honor and cherish our living, interconnected earth.

Light refreshments will be served. A freewill offering bucket will be available with proceeds to benefit TreeSisters.org, a grassroots network of people employing women throughout the world to plant millions of trees annually.

To reserve a seat, email jen@jennifercomeau.com or call/text 229-4136.

“Amid the sometimes paralyzing bad news, I realize the paradox and the gift of these times: any act, no matter how small, if done in love, can shift the consciousness necessary to bring about new solutions to the climate crisis and a new interconnectedness in our world," Comeau said. "We don't have to move mountains. We only have to move ourselves in the direction of healing and love, starting close-in.”

Jennifer Comeau holds a master's degree in engineering. Her poems are published in an anthology, "Sacred Stone Sacred Water" (White Cloud Press, April 2019). Her essay on climate change is published in "A Dangerous New World: Maine Voices on the Climate Crisis" (Littoral Press, November 2019). Her two albums of original music are available on iTunes and YouTube.

As a project-program manager, Comeau worked with such clients as National Wildlife Federation and National Forest Foundation. She has produced fundraising concerts and events for such organizations as TreeSisters.org, Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, and CharlesEisenstein.org.

Comeau was one of only 350 people from around the globe accepted to attend the international Climate Change & Consciousness Conference 2019 in Scotland.

 

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