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"Simple Gifts for Mother Earth"

an evening of
Music, Conversation, and Inspiration
to address the
Climate Crisis
in advance of the September 20-27 Global Climate Strike
including local events on the New Haven Green
and the UN Climate Action Summit

What can you do? How can we mobilize action for the climate emergency?

September 11, 2019

7:00 - 8:30pm

United Church on the Green
270 Temple Street
New Haven, CT, USA

FREE admission


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If you have questions, contact Mary Evelyn Tucker and Marika Kuzma.


Schedule (download as a PDF)


“Simple gifts”  Shaker Tune                                              Traditional American
            Isobel Anthony, Yale College, ’22                        Joseph Bracket                                                                     

excerpt from Appalachian Spring                                    Aaron Copland
            Chamber Orchestra



            Tiokasin Ghosthorse, First Voices Indigenous Radio



Rev. Jocelyn B. Gardner Spencer, Senior Pastor,
                     United Church on the Green

Connecting the Dots: A Great Awakening
Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale Divinity School


Musical meditations

Paul Winter (of the Paul Winter Consort)


Voices from the Yale-New Haven Community

            Melinda Tuhus, CT, Environmental journalist and
                     climate activist

            Kazemi Adachi, Endowment Justice Coalition / Fossil Free Yale,
                     Yale College, '20,

            Adrian Adara Huq, New Haven Climate Movement,
                     Metropolitan Business Academy

            Viveca Morris, Executive Director, Law, Ethics & Animals Program,
                     Yale Law School

            Ben Levin, Sunrise Movement, Yale College, '20          


Musical Responses

Franz Nicolay (of the Hold Steady)

“Recorderás” [You will remember]
                     Soneto IV, from Cien sonetos de amor                   Pablo Neruda
            Nefesh Cordero-Pino, Yale School of Drama


The Challenge of Climate Justice

Karenna Gore, Center for Earth Ethics, Union Theological Seminary



Every Voice Counts
Marika Kuzma, Professor Emerita of Music, University of California Berkeley


Astrov’s monologue, Uncle Vanya                                            Anton Chekhov

            Manu Kumasi, Yale School of Drama


“Simple Gifts”                                                                      American Shaker Tune

            All are invited to join in singing


Excerpt from Appalachian Spring/Benediction          Aaron Copland

            Chamber Orchestra
                        Flute: Marjorie Shansky
                        Clarinet: Jim Forgey
                        Bassoon: Adrienne Gallagher
                        Violins: Solomiya Ivakhiv, Gregory Tompkins
                        Patrick Doane, Emily Hyun
                        Violas: Annalisa Boerner, Ellen Higham
                        Cellos: Cara Cheung, Analissa Martinez
                        Bass: Robert Smith
                        Piano: Erika Schroth
                        Conductor: Marika Kuzma


“Conductor Falls Into Place.”
By Brian Slattery. New Haven Independent. August 30, 2019.

“Pope urges politicians to take 'drastic measures' on climate change”
By Philip Pullella. Reuters. September 1, 2019.

“Is Divestment Key To Our Climate Future?”
By Lydia Brown & Lucy Nalpathanchil & Carolyn McCusker. WNPR - Connecticut Public Radio. August 1, 2019.


Information Sheet

“The most effective ways to curb climate change might surprise you.”
By Drew Kann, Will Houp, Judson Jones, and Sean O'Key. CNN. April 19, 2019.

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Edited by Paul Hawken. Penguin Books, 2017.
Visit the Drawdown website.

Global Climate Strike

US Climate Strikes

Yale Climate Connections

Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

Fossil Free Yale

Yale Endowment Justice Coalition

The Climate Justice Movement

The Law, Ethics & Animals Program at Yale Law School

Sunrise New Haven

Interreligious Eco-Justice Network

Radical Joy for Hard Times



Judy Sirota Rosenthal, Sirota Rosenthal Productions



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