Thursday March 10, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST
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Cherry Hill Public Library
1100 Kings Highway North
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

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Lori Braunstein

Local Solutions to Global Challenges:

Finding Meaning and Hope from the Paris Climate Talks 

Thursday, March 10, 7:00-9:00pm (doors open at 6:45)

Cherry Hill Public Library

The United Nations Climate Conference (UNCC) was held in Paris, France from Nov. 30 – Dec. 11, 2015.  After two weeks of negotiations, world leaders from 195 countries adopted an historic international climate accord. The pact, hailed as “transformative and momentous”, is the first-ever agreement that commits almost every country in the world to fight climate change. While this agreement is a big step in our attempts to curb climate change, there is much to be done to translate it into concrete action.   

We know that climate change is a global challenge, but climate action can be local and even personal. 

Join us as we explore this global challenge through the lens of local climate activists who will share their stories from Paris and how they are creating change back here at home. We’ll also have a special guest on hand to show how inner transformation can be a powerful way to change the world.


Moderator: Lori Braunstein, Founder of Sustainable Cherry Hill

Anthony Giancarterino: Program Manager, The Center for Social Inclusion
Anthony Giancatarino directs the Food Equity and Energy Democracy programs at CSI. Anthony’s work focuses on collaborating with grassroots leaders and national policy advocates to build policy strategies that create racial equity and economic justice within both the food and climate movements. Prior to CSI, Anthony studied the intersection of race, place, policy, and liberation theology and taught high school students history, government, and social justice. Anthony is also the chair of the policy committee for Green Justice Philly. 

Dr. Poune Saberi: Pouné Saberi, is a physician in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She is on the national and Philadelphia board of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Saberi attended COP21 and was a member of Mayor Kenney's transition team on sustainability. She continues to work on projects related to health and natural gas and climate change in the Philadelphia region.

Jerome Wagner:  Jerome Wagner has been a climate activist in northern New Jersey since 2011. He has worked with the Essex/Passaic Greens, 350/New Jersey, Franciscan Response to Fracking, Roseland Against the Compressor Station and Food and Water Watch and Beyond Extreme Energy. He has been arrested multiple times in acts of nonviolent civil disobedience in Washington, D.C. on the climate issue. Prior to his climate activism, Jerome was an environmental engineer for 30 years.

Lori Volpe: More than twenty years ago, Lori's search for a meaningful life led her to yoga and meditation. The dramatic emotional and physical relief gained from practice inspires her to share what she’s learning. She is a certified Senior Yoga instructor is trained to teach Mindfulness Meditation through the Penn Program for Mindfulness and is a certified Somatic Education Coach  She presently serves as an administrator of a Buddhist monastery. A social activist for many years, Lori now finds that inner transformation is a powerful way to change the world. 

Hosted by Sustainable Cherry Hill and co-sponsored with:

Tri-County Sustainability Alliance