The GreenUp Jamestown initiative is being coordinated by a group of community members and local environmental activists, including James Colby and Becky Nystrom, who want to help make residents in Jamestown more environmentally conscious.
Colby said they’re hoping the events will help bring awareness and insight to both national and local issues.
“That’s one of the purposes of GreenUp Jamestown – to draw attention to local and regional issues,” Colby said. “For example, with Chautauqua Lake we are having issues that are critical. The Great Lakes are being challenged more than they have been. And also because of all the things that are going on with global warming right now. Bot to give individuals insight, which is important, but if people are not aware of what’s going on, they need to be.”
The first event in the Green Up Jamestown series will take place Wednesday night, Feb. 28 at St. Luke’s Church in downtown Jamestown with a presentation by Nystrom, who is not only an environmentalist, but also a Jamestown Community College biology professor.
She’ll deliver a presentation entitled “Earth Stewardship/Creation Care: Seeking Nature’s Truths through Science, Philosophy and Faith.”
“What I’m hoping to do is try to weave the story of live and all the gifts on this planet together – the beauty, the mystery, and the miracle across time and space – weave it all together and try to help answer the question, ‘How do we know the story? How do we know the story of life?'” Nystrom explained during a recent interview on WRFA. “So we’ll be looking at different faith stories, the scientific side, environmental ethics, indigenous wisdom, and recognize that all of those avenues are ways to discover some of these truths.”
Nystrom’s program will take place in the newly remodeled undercroft at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Meanwhile the next scheduled program will be next Wednesday, March 7 at St. Luke’s, with Colby delivering a presentation entitled “Visionary Earth Stewards and Environmental Triumphs: Now, What Can We Do in Our Homes, Communities and Planet?”
That event is also free and open to the public.
To learn more about the Green-Up Jamestown initiative and to get details on all upcoming events, visit GreenUpJamestown.com.