The Interfaith Earth Network of Southeastern Wisconsin (IEN) is a program of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee.
Our mission is to inspire and support people of all faiths and faith communities to care for Earth based on their own sacred teachings. Through education, advocacy, actions, and networking, we serve as a catalyst for people of faith to live, work, and worship in environmentally sustainable ways.
Our Steering Committee consists of individuals with a passionate concern for the environment who represent diverse faith groups.
Current Programs & Events:
Past Events & Recognitions:
Huda Alkaff, IEN Leader
Honored as Champion of Change by White House
The White House recognized 12 faith and lay leaders as Champions of Change for their efforts in protecting our environment and communities from the effects of climate change.
White House Honors Faith Leaders for Climate “Champions of Change”
WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, July 20th, the White House recognized twelve people of faith as “Champions of Change” for their efforts in protecting our environment and communities from the effects of climate change. These Champions have demonstrated clear leadership across the United States and around the world through their grassroots efforts to green their communities and educate others on the moral and social justice implications of climate change. The program featured remarks by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and Senior Advisor to the President Brian Deese.
The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.
You can watch the event here. For more information on Huda Alkaff and the other amazing leaders, go to Champions of Change.
Guest Post on Waters of Wisconsin Blog
Kirsten Shead, Program Director for the Interfaith Earth Network, contributed narrative posts on Waters of Wisconsin Blog Down to the River to Pray and Little Bluegills and Big Sharks: Exploring Waters in Wisconsin and Abroad. The Waters of Wisconsin Initiative (WOW), part of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, launched their blog in October 2014 as an ongoing conversation about Wisconsin’s shared waters. Through this blog they aim to feature great ideas and poignant stories from writers, policymakers, farmers, scientists, and others that explore what healthy, abundant water means to Wisconsin and her people.
Kirsten has been participating with WOW on their steering committee and communications team as an influential voice for people of faith and their role in celebrating and safeguarding our Wisconsin waters.
Natural Burial of an IEN Founder
The natural burial of Carol Waskovich, one of the founders of the Interfaith Earth Network, was featured in an extensive article on natural burials by the Milwaukee Jouranal Sentinel on Saturday, November 1, 2014. The story noted Carol's environmental work, spiritual motivation and her conviction that all of matter is connected and interdependant.
Carol was laid to rest surrounded by friends and loved ones in a field of wildflowers and grasses at Prairie Home Cemetary in Waukesha. It was an inspirational service and setting that deeply reflected Carol's values and spirit.
Read the story here.
Donations in memory of Carol were designated for the Interfaith Earth Network.
IEN Program Director in the News, Riding the ELF
The interfaith Earth Network was in the news twice in August. Kirsten Shead, the Program Director for IEN has caught the attention of both the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Today's TMJ4. She was interviewed live last night on Wisconsin Tonight on Today's TMJ4 - check out the video.
The ELF, a wasabi-green, three-wheeled, solar-assisted electric bicycle can turn some heads. Both stories reference the connection of Faith and care for the Earth.
How are you striving to make more sustainable, eco-minded transportation choices?