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March 13, 2021 at 4:00 a.m.
Scharmel Roussel - Submitted photo

UUVC hosts Roussel

during Insight service

Scharmel Roussel, executive director of Arkansas Interfaith Power and Light, will offer a 20-minute presentation on Climate Reality for Insight Sunday service at 11 a.m. Sunday by Zoom to the Unitarian Universalist Village Church, followed by a question-and-answer session.

"Animated slides with graphs will offer information on climate trends worldwide with specific local Arkansas information. From a faith-based perspective, Ark. IPL focuses on energy efficiency, renewable energy, community gardens, plant-rich diets, and simple personal choices that impact the balance of fragile ecosystems," a news release said. The entire talk will be available at on Monday.

Roussel graduated with a B.A. from Hendrix College in Conway, followed by an M.A. in Organizational Communication at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is a founding member of Arkansas Affiliate of Interfaith Power and Light in 2009. Roussel is a co-chair of the Arkansas Citizens First Congress from 2018 to the present. Her organization, Arkansas Interfaith Power and Light, has been awarded several grants, including the EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants, 2017-2018, 2019-2021; the USDA NRCS Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production Grant, 2020-2021; the Climate Reality Environmental Justice Award, 2020-2021; and Funding for Urban Agriculture Interns from the Arkansas Community Foundation, 2021.

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