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Saving the Planet: An Ethical Imperative. Panel discussion w/ Bill McKibben

Earth Care Sunday: Join us on April 16th for an environmental panel discussion with Bill McKibben titled “Saving the Planet: An Ethical Imperative.”

Join us on April 16th for an environmental panel discussion with Bill McKibben titled “Saving the Planet: An Ethical Imperative.” The doors will open at 12:30 p.m. Enter through the central gate on Fifth Avenue between 11th and 12th Streets. Miranda Massie, Director and Founder of the Climate Museum; Erik Bottcher, environmentalist and New York City Council Representative for District 3; Rev. Dr. Gregory Simpson, scientist and theologian and founder of the Hudson Valley Environmental Justice Coalition; and Rev. Dr. Lindley DeGarmo, Presbyterian Church USA Vice Chair of the Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment and member of the PCUSA Board of Pensions are among the other panelists. The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session. Childcare for children 0-3 is available at no cost. For additional information and to submit advance Q&A questions, contact [email protected] or call 212-675-6150. 


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Saving the Planet: An Ethical Imperative Panelists & Participants

Bill McKibben

Guest Speaker and Panelist

Bill McKibben is founder of Third Act. He also helped found, the first global grassroots climate campaign. He serves as the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and he has won the Gandhi Peace Prize as well as honorary degrees from 20 colleges and universities. Read more here.

Councilman Erik Bottcher


Erik Bottcher is a dedicated public servant and activist who has devoted his life to progressive causes and to the betterment of the community he loves. In 2021, he was elected to represent City Council District 3, which includes the neighborhoods of Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Hudson Square, Flatiron, Times Square, the Theater District, and the Garment District. Read more here.

Rev. Dr. Gregory Simpson


Rev. Dr. Gregory Simpson, at-large, is a recent Master of Divinity, and Master of Sacred Theology graduate of Union Theological Seminary as well as a PhD from the University of the West Indies in organic chemistry. He is the Pastor of Nauraushaun Presbyterian Church in Pearl River, NY and serves as the Treasurer of the Presbytery of Hudson River. Read more here.


Miranda Massie


Miranda Massie is the founder and director of New York City’s Climate Museum, the first climate-dedicated museum in the US. Since the Museum’s public programming began in late 2017, Miranda has overseen the presentation of eight major installations and exhibitions and over 250 events. The Museum’s programs emphasize community and justice. Read more here.

Rev. Lindley Grant DeGarmo


Rev. Lindley Grant DeGarmo, MRTI vice-chair, Board of Pensions rep, The Reverend Dr. Lindley G. DeGarmo serves as Interim Pastor of Union Church of Pocantico Hills, a non-denominational congregation in Tarrytown, NY. His first congregational assignment was as Interim Associate Pastor for First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York. Read more here.


Genia Naro-Maciel


Dr. Eugenia (Genia) Naro-Maciel, Clinical Associate Professor and Chair of the Sustainability, Health, and the Environment Concentration in Global Liberal Studies at New York University, is a graduate of Yale University (B.S., Cum Laude, Distinction in Biology). She received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology from Columbia University, where she also earned a Certificate in Environmental Policy. Read more here.