News from PA-Interfaith Power & Light
From Jon Brockopp of PA- IPL
PA IPL has started a new series of monthly calls as a way to keep in touch with our growing membership. Our next call is scheduled for Friday, January 13 from noon to 1 p.m., with a focus on advocating with state and local representatives. Joining the call is easy – click here to find out more. The call is a great opportunity to hear from two of our board members, Rev. Amy Reumann and Bill Sharp, who have different approaches to advocacy. Both are committed to helping you participate in our democracy. Become a member of PA IPL and join us on our next call!
EPA Hearing in Philadelphia Jan. 19
Cleaner, more fuel efficient cars coming our way, we hope! President Obama has proposed new standards that would result in new cars and light trucks getting 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Less global warming pollution and smog, more savings for consumers, and less dependence on foreign oil.
The EPA will hold a hearing in Philadelphia on Thursday, Jan. 19, and we need your support. Joy Bergey (email@example.com), one of PA IPL’s board members, can help you register and pull together your testimony (as short as 30 seconds, or as long as two minutes.) You don’t need to be an expert; you just need to feel strongly that it’s our moral responsibility as a country to require cars to be less polluting.
If you can’t make it to Philadelphia, you can still weigh in on or before January 30. Send an email to a-and-r-Docket@epa.gov. In the subject line be sure to include: “Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2010-0799.” Your message can be as simple as this: “I am in full support for a strong rule to require cars to be cleaner and more efficient.”
Meadville Earth Care Event
On Sunday January 22 at 3:30 pm, the Meadville Earth Care Group will host a public event at Allegheny College’s Ford Chapel (520 N. Main Street). Find out how your congregation can become more energy efficient, saving on power bills, as well as preserving God’s creation from environmental damage. The program coincides with PA IPL’s quarterly board meeting and will include students from an Allegheny class on Religion and Ecology who are available during the spring semester to work with congregations on projects. For information, contact Jane Ellen Nickell at 814-332-2800 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Evensong at St. Andrew’s
The Creation Care Coalition of Centre County will also be joining a special Evensong service at St. Andrew’s Episcopal church in State College on February 5 at 3:30 p.m. The service is “dedicated to the healing of the earth” and is open to all.
Our Clean Air Promise Campaign is making progress – Lots of PA IPL members have signed the Clean Air Promise; join them by signing the Clean Air Promise, either on our facebook page or by emailing us at email@example.com. We’ve also made the news with our efforts – see this page for links to recent op-eds in Scranton and State College.
February Preach-in on climate change
A “preach-in” can be a special service for creation care, a Bible study, a sermon, a film showing and more. However you define it, PA IPL urges you to devote the weekend of February 10-12 to a preach-in on climate change. Fifteen congregations in PA have already signed up, and hundreds of congregations across the country are doing the same. Those who sign up by January 17 will receive a resources packet from Interfaith Power and Light. Find out more here, and see our resources page for more ideas.
News from the Executive Committee
National Interfaith Power & Light challenged up to raise $12,000 new dollars in 2012 and we are already being overwhelmed with your generosity – members and supporters have already given $2,400 to this campaign! Contributions to Religion and Society Center / PA IPL are fully tax deductible.
Big events upcoming: “Preach-in” on climate change, Feb. 10-12; “Positively Green” day of service, Feb. 25; Earth Hour, March 31. Also, save the date for our Annual Meeting, tentatively scheduled for October 14 in Harrisburg. Our Marcellus shale analysis continues to make the news. To add your name to the growing list of signatories, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our paipl.org website.
Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light is a community of congregations, faith-based organizations, and individuals of faith responding to climate change as a moral issue, through advocacy, energy conservation, energy efficiency, and the use of clean, renewable energy.