The Barbara Schlachter Run/Walk for Victims of Climate Change is organized by the Iowa City Climate Advocates (ICCA). ICCA is both a chapter of the national climate change organization Citizens’ Climate Lobby and a group that takes action on climate change on the city and county level. Citizens Climate Lobby is laser-focused on passing legislation that correctly prices carbon emissions.
Rev. Dr. Barbara Schlachter passed away February 18, 2016, from ovarian cancer. Barbara was one of the first women to be ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in 1977 and helped to found the Episcopal Women’s Caucus, serving as its first president. After she retired from parish ministry, she continued her work as a pastoral counselor and spiritual director. She also went through training as a Healing Touch practitioner and saw her ministry in her later years as one of healer.
Her final passion was the environment and healing the earth, especially climate change action. She was proud of being arrested at the White House for protesting the Keystone XL pipeline, and she co-founded Iowa City Climate Advocates and 100 Grannies for a Livable Future to educate, advocate, and agitate about climate change.