John Bos, former NPR cultural arts director

Former NPR cultural head to discuss climate change Sunday in Petersham

PETERSHAM — Writer, community activist and former National Public Radio cultural arts director, John Bos, will speak at the First Congregational Parish Unitarian, Petersham on Sunday, Nov. 15, at the 10 a.m. service. Bos will address Pope Francis’s call for an “ecological conversion” involving humankind’s greatest challenge – global warming. The Unitarian Church is located on the historic Petersham Town Common.

“On June 13, Pope Francis issued a 192-page encyclical “Laudato Si” (“Praised be”) to confront the disturbing reality facing us all,” Bos explained. “This crisis is the result of our collective denial and inaction about climate change and our options for restoring our planet to health.”

Prior to his appearance in Petersham, Bos will be attending the Northeast Regional Conference of Citizen’s Climate Lobby in Nashua, N.H., including a teach-in featuring Dr. James Hansen, the former NASA chief climate scientist.

A columnist for the Shelburne Falls & West County Independent and monthly op-ed contributor to the Greenfield Recorder, Bos has focused primarily on the impacts of climate change in his column “Connecting the Dots” and in op-ed pieces in The Republican, Brattleboro Reformer and other journals for the past six years.

“One of the people I have been graced to meet in my quest to learn as much as I can about what each of us can do to combat global warming, is 72-year-old Miriam Kashi, of North Liberty, Iowa, who walked every step across America in 2014 with the Great March for Climate Action,” Bos stated. “I met Miriam at my sister’s UU Church in Coralville, Iowa, last summer. We have been corresponding ever since. Her experience as a climate activist has been inspiring, and I will be using her as an example in my Nov. 15 address in Petersham.”

With a career in the arts that includes his role as director of performance programs at NPR in the early ‘80s, Bos has also served as deputy director of performing arts at the New York State Council on the Arts, and executive director of the Massachusetts Cultural Facility Foundation. He claims to have “moved from backstage to on stage” after his retirement and has been singing with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Greenfield Harmony and the Pioneer Valley Chordsmen.

Bos is a recipient of the 2014 Marvin Shippee Community Service Award in Shelburne Falls for his work in co-founding the Eventide Singers hospice choir in 2007. He also serves on the board of the Four Rivers Educational Foundation and has been a volunteer with the Hospice of Franklin County for eight years. 

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