IRAS Webinar – The Vital Breath: Saving Our Sacred Rainforests

March 25, 2021

The Vital Breath: Saving Our Sacred Rainforests

Please join IRAS for the upcoming session of our monthly webinar series, Science, Religion, and Society. On March 25, 2021 IRAS will host a live session, featuring Audrey Kitagawa, JD, President of the International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation and the Light of Awareness International Spiritual Family

March 25, 2021 at 4:00 pm Central time, 5:00 Eastern time

Presentation Overview:

It took millions of years for the rainforests to evolve, generating the complex, diverse life forms that exist in them. Rainforests help to form clouds that send rains that help to distribute fresh water. Rainforests are a major source of carbon dioxide absorption and help to provide the world with clean air. They provide food, habitat and essential resources for 80% of the world’s land-based wildlife. They protect the livelihoods and cultures of indigenous peoples. However, every year, about 18 million hectares are being destroyed.  In just 40 years, it is estimated that one billion hectares have disappeared, which represent approximately half   the world’s rainforests.  At current rates, rainforests will vanish altogether before 2090. This Holocene extinction driven by people, means that we have become   the earth’s most dangerous super predator.

In this webinar, you will learn about the UN Environment Programme (UNEP’s) Interfaith Rainforest Initiative that has mobilized communities of faith to come together as a moral voice to raise awareness about the dangers to the rainforests caused by humans, and the role which believers and non-believers alike can play      in protecting and saving this most vital of resources for our continued existence.

Presenter’s Background:

Audrey Kitagawa was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, and a graduate of Boston College Law School. She practiced law in Honolulu for twenty-plus years, and upon retirement in 1996, she had a Martindale-Hubbel AV rating, the highest rating for professional and ethical excellence in the legal profession. Kitagawa is the head of an international spiritual family based in Hawaii. She is the Chair Emerita of the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values, and Global Concerns, NY.

The IRAS webinar is FREE but registration is required: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_65gHMSy3QLyetCHWsR-84g