2013 Clean Air Ambassador: T. Wyatt Watkins

Indiana
Clean Air Ambassador | Indianapolis, in
T. Wyatt Watkins
Affiliation:
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA
  • The Story
    Behind This Photo

    TO ME, THIS PHOTO MEANS:

    The photo I’m holding is of some of the people who attended a recent Creation Care Leadership Workshop I conducted with a colleague in a very conservative part of the state of Indiana. They represent around eight different faith communities and are playing an important role in Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light's plan to "knit up" the state for action around climate change. I am all about waking the sleeping giant of faith for Earthjustice!

Indiana:
Ambassador  Cathi Murray .
Ambassador  Denise Abdul-Rahman .
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Ambassador Robyn   Hartwig.
Ambassador Michael   McClain.
Ambassador Susan Frances  Katz.
Ambassador Elizabeth   Lord-Dinan.

In the First Person:

I am spurred on in my commitments by a faith conviction of the earth's intrinsic worth, the needs of the most vulnerable who suffer first and most as climate changes, the health of

I am the pastor of an American Baptist / Alliance of Baptists congregation on the east side of Indianapolis, and board chair for educational programming with Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light, an organization working nationwide on a comprehensive and practical faith response to climate change. I conduct Creation Care Leadership Workshops around the state of Indiana, facilitating congregations to "go green" and helping faith communities affiliate with our work to bring energy reduction to scale and create a faith movement in Indiana that will make legislators stand up and take notice.

I also have worked in conjunction with Sierra Club on the Beyond Coal Campaign to challenge IPALCO to retire aging coal plants in Indiana. My concern transcends my primary work of combating global warming. I live in downtown urban Indianapolis in the path of the toxins emanating from a coal plant we are endeavoring to close, and not far from the White River, which skirts the coal ash ponds, a byproduct of the plant.

Additionally, I am a professional violinist who has recently discovered Irish Celtic music and performs as a means to highlight the natural and irreplaceable beauty and worth of the earth's landscapes, captured magnificently in the Irish pallet of reels, gigs, waltzes and the like.

I am spurred on in my commitments by a faith conviction of the earth's intrinsic worth, the needs of the most vulnerable who suffer first and most as climate changes, the health of the planet I will bequeath my own children, and my own love of nature, camping, backpacking and gardening.

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