Do it All for the Glory of God: Eating for a Healthy Climate
Most are aware that combustion of fossil fuels is the dominant cause of climate change, but did you know there is another, largely hidden source responsible for as much as one-third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions? Scientists have shown that even if fossil fuels were eliminated immediately, emissions from the global food system alone would make it impossible to prevent catastrophic climate change. This presentation will explain how food is contributing to the climate emergency, and offer science-based guidelines for making everyday dietary choices to reduce our climate “foodprint”. By being mindful of the environmental impact of our diets, our meals can become a joyful expression of our Christian values, honoring the right of children and all Creation to a safe climate and a livable future, all for the glory of God.
Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Presenter: Dr. Suzanne Jones, Montclair Presbyterian Church
Climate-Friendly Cooking: 111 Recipes to Help Save the Planet, by Suzanne Jones and Leslie Louie, is more than just a fabulous cookbook. Its two co-authors are scientists, people of faith, climate activists and prolific home cooks who explain clearly and compellingly why the global food system contributes so significantly to climate change, and how our everyday food choices can be part of the solution. With nearly 200 pages of outstanding recipes and practical resources—including sections on climate-friendly ingredients, energy-efficient cooking, and answers to common questions about eating sustainably—this inspiring work provides an essential roadmap to delicious and satisfying meals that can help safeguard a livable planet for all. Order here via Montclair Presbyterian Church, Oakland.
Suzanne Jones is a member of Montclair Presbyterian Church (MPC) in Oakland, California where she co-leads its Climate & Food Team to encourage climate-friendly eating, and its Democracy & Politics Team to help secure voting rights and enact effective climate policies.
Outside MPC, she has spent over twenty years defending natural habitats from over-development. She founded and directed two community-based open space advocacy organizations, and worked as a land program manager at the John Muir Land Trust. She has testified on scores of regional land use issues, and worked closely with environmental groups and public agencies to protect land, water and wildlife.
Prior to that, she was a science policy analyst in nuclear disarmament and arms control at Princeton University, and later in climate change and energy policy at U.C. Berkeley. She holds a Master’s degree in physics from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in particle physics from Cornell University. She loves hiking with her family, native plant gardening, and tending to the wildlife habitat around her home.