Sister Janet Born presented the Oldenburg Renewable Energy Commission report on behalf of Sister Claire Whalen, who was unable to attend. In November, OREC members revealed the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report and requested “that OTC support OREC’s continued efforts to lead residents, businesses and institutions in the Village of Spires to work together to cut carbon emissions by 50% in the coming decade.”
“OREC takes this challenge seriously, but because this study group is composed of all volunteers with a variety of career backgrounds, we request professional guidance to do the necessary follow-up work analyzing the inventory data and preparing a climate action plan in collaboration with OTC. Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute offers such training and consultation in 2020 for Indiana local government staff. Only cities and towns that completed the greenhouse gas inventory are eligible for their 2020 Resilience Cohort. The fee for small towns is $300 with applications due by Dec. 13,” Born announced.
“On Nov. 22, OREC sponsored its kick-off educational event, ‘24 Hours of Reality: Truth in Action,’ a global conversation on the truth of the climate crisis and how we solve it. A climate reality leader volunteer from Cincinnati, Ohio, Jeremy Carrie, gave this presentation at the Oldenburg Franciscan Center. He stressed the serious nature of the problem and the challenges all nations face as they attempt to tackle together the problem through the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference.