Susan Southard

Author Susan Southard spoke during the inaugural Civic Saturday event last June, in Pinehurst. 

Civic Saturday is a national program that brings together people across a specific region to nurture a spirit of shared purpose around our nation’s creeds of liberty, equality and self-government.

Moore County’s second Civic Saturday event will be held Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at Pinehurst Village Hall, 395 Magnolia Road.

Susan Southard, a Southern Pines-based nonfiction author, is spearheading the event, which will focus on “Facing the Climate Crisis: Urgency, Action and Hope.”

“If there was ever a nonpartisan issue, this is it. The climate crisis affects everyone. It does not discriminate between nations, or genders or race, or socioeconomic status,” Southard said.

The event is free and open to the public, and will include music, readings from American civic literature, a civic address presented by Southard on the climate crisis, and community dialogue.

“We will consider the realities of the climate crisis and how they relate to our democracy. The community dialogue will give people a chance to reflect on what it means to them, and whether they want to engage or not with it,” Southard said.

Civic literature readings will be presented by Ernestine Chapman, of Aberdeen, and Bob O’Loughlin, of Pinehurst.

“The purpose of this event is to explore what our values are as it relates to the climate crisis,” she added. “These are hard questions. It is not superficial. These issues affect what choices we make in life.”

Citizen University, a Seattle-based nonprofit with a national platform of fostering responsible and empowered citizenship, launched the Civic Saturday program in 2018. Founder Eric Liu said through training people to lead these events around the country, the program struck a chord.

“In a time when politics is so fiercely polarized, we want to appreciate anew the simple phenomenon of democratic citizenship,” he said.

Southard, author of “Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War,” was one of a small group of fellows selected by Citizen University to receive specialized training to bring this program to different parts of the nation. Moore County is one of 28 regions across the United States where Civic Saturdays are taking place.

“Civic Saturdays are meant to help us practice being together as citizens; that is, as diverse individuals willing to show up in public life together,” Southard said. “The theme for the upcoming event is the climate crisis, one of the most urgent and also contentious realities in our civic life.

“My hope is to explore America’s core civic creeds and the meanings and moral questionings they bring to this critical topic, and provide a space for dialogue, understanding and shared responses.”

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(8) comments

Conrad Meyer

Glad I did not waste my time on this. No technical speakers at all. Just people parroting other people's work and giving their opinions. Look up Citizen University. Another total joke. Seattle based (that ought to tell you something), and none of the leadership even mention their educational qualifications! Seems it is nothing more than a bunch of brainless talking heads.

Richard Wright

Southard is a rather left leaning author who has no scientific credentials to discuss the climate. Her degree is in creative writing not in promoting a dialogue on the climate. There are far more critical issues that confront us.

Kent Misegades

Brought to you by the usual left-coast suspects. “Eric served as a White House speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and later as the President’s deputy domestic policy adviser. â€. What a great nation though - one can speak to the public on the totally debunked myth of man-made climate change. The environment has never been better in the US, thanks to Capitalism and fracking.

Jim Tomashoff

"...the totally debunked myth of man-made climate change." Kent's off his meds again.

Kent Misegades

“The science of climate change is anything but settledâ€. Dr. Roy Spencer, University of Alabama Huntsville & NASA

Kent Misegades


Kent Misegades

“Climate Movement Drops Mask, Admits Communist Agendaâ€. PJ Media

Jim Tomashoff

Just what is this idiot talking about now?

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