March 1, 2020 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Charles E Smith Jewish Day School
1901 E Jefferson St. Rockville
MD 20852
Program Coordinator
(301) 770-6337

The Interfaith Families Project of Greater Washington to Host Guest Speaker with Extinction Rebellion

ROCKVILLE, MD – On Sunday, March 1st, at 11:00 a.m., the Environmental Working Group of the Interfaith Families Project of Greater Washington (IFFP) is pleased to host Ellen McSweeney, with Extinction Rebellion (XR), an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimize the risk of social collapse.  

Ellen McSweeney is a therapist, writer, musician, and student of meditation. Since July 2019, she has been a volunteer with Extinction Rebellion DC. She currently co-coordinates the Regenerative Culture working group and is a member of XR Buddhists and Meditators.  Ellen has participated in XRDC’s “superglue action” blockade of Congress, supported the November hunger strike in Nancy Pelosi’s office, and led affinity groups during the climate strikes of September 23 and December 6. Her participation in XRDC has helped her move from denial and eco-distress into a rich experience of learning, spiritual growth, challenge, and community.

XR was established in the U.K. in 2018.  Citing inspiration from grassroots movements such as Occupy, Satyagraha, the suffragettes, Gene Sharp, and the civil rights movement, XR wants to rally support worldwide around a common sense of urgency to tackle climate breakdown and the sixth mass extinction.  XR’s vision is to create a world fit for the next seven generations to live in.  The movement uses a circled hourglass, known as the extinction symbol, to serve as a warning that time is rapidly running out for many species.

Location:  The adult group meeting will be held at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, 1901 E Jefferson St, Rockville, MD 20852.