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Climate Disruption is a Moral Issue: Interfaith Climate Advocacy Training (HARRISBURG)

Climate Disruption is a Moral Issue
Interfaith Climate Advocacy Training

August 26, 2015

9:30am to 4:30pm
A day of preparation for people of all faiths
Learn how to speak with moral authority on the issue of
climate change in Pennsylvania

Interfaith Climate Advocacy Workshop

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Join us to develop clear messages to bring directly to policymakers to support ambitious,
legally-binding targets for carbon dioxide and methane emissions, energy efficiency
and a just transition to renewable power

Workshop Leaders:

Hosted by the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg, at its 1280 Clover Lane location

People of faith possess the moral authority to be important and credible voices,  awakening awareness and responsibility for bold climate action among elected leaders and non-elected policy makers.

We seek to prepare people of faith who are willing to pro-actively initiate meetings with policymakers, electoral candidates and other religious leaders to lift up the moral dimensions of this crisis and support effective and rapid transition plans for a just, clean energy future in Pennsylvania and the nation.    Click through to REGISTER.

LUNCH and SNACKS are provided. 
Please bring a mug or water bottle for your drinks.
DISCOUNTS for people signing up as a small group from the same faith community or ministerium

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Bike Blog 2014.6

Guest blogger: Janet Swim00stairs

After a rejuvenating night’s rest, most of us assembled for breakfast in Carolyn Serfass’s dining room to strategize our upcoming meetings with 14 Pennsylvania representatives. We reviewed the impressive intelligence Cricket provided, including the environmental voting record for each representative we would be meeting. Our planning was buttressed by news in the Washington Post of the National Climate Assessment, a report that documented current effects of climate change and concrete actions needed to address climate change.00waiting1

With this fortification we strode to the legislative Continue reading

Let me be blunt.


Cherie Eicholz and Dr. Poune Saberi from Physicians for Social Responsibility with PA IPL board member Rev. Doug Hunt, and Senator Bob Casey at a Keystone Coffee.

Dear Administrator McCarthy,

As a person of faith, I am greatly concerned about climate change. All levels of government must act quickly to limit industrial carbon pollution.

Climate change is already becoming apparent in Pennsylvania, the country, and the world. As it unfolds, it will hurt first and worst those least able to get out of harm’s way—the poor, the old, the young, and the ill. Thus, we have a moral responsibility to take serious action to slow climate change.

To this end, I support EPA’s proposed standard to limit industrial carbon pollution from new power plants, and I urge you to finalize the rule quickly without weakening it in any way.


The message couldn’t be more direct.  We have no business building new power plants that emit more pollution than the average current plant.   The proposed standard has been vetted by individuals, industry, and scientists.  It’s time for it to be finalized.

When we visit our Senators to talk about the ways that we —congregations, study groups, and individuals of faith— are stepping up with energy efficiency, outreach in our communities, and clean energy purchasing we’ll make sure they get copies of the postcards, too.

Will you join us in signing?   There are 3 easy ways you can do it.  Pick your favorite:

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“listening sessions” — Sister Mary Elizabeth Clark


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My name is Sister Mary Elizabeth Clark, a Sister of St. Joseph of Philadelphia. I am here today representing the Sisters of St. Joseph and Chestnut Hill College of Philadelphia. I am also an Ambassador of the U.S. Catholic Bishops Climate Change Coalition. Speaking from a faith perspective and the moral imperative of doing no harm to God’s creation, I implore you to write Emission Guidelines for reducing carbon pollution from existing fossil fuel power plants that truly make a difference for global climate.

As Pope Francis has said in his call to us all, “Whenever human beings fail to live up to Continue reading

“listening sessions” — Rabbi Daniel Swartz

Statement of Rabbi Daniel Swartz, President, Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light; Spiritual Leader, Temple Hesed of Scranton

I live in an area where thIMG_0742e scars from previous generations of coal-dependence are obvious and deep.  It’s been over 50 years since the last of mines in the Scranton area closed, and yet we are still suffering from the consequences of coal, from blighted land to ongoing stream pollution.  The injustice is nearly as obvious as the blot on the land – one generation benefited from cheap fuel, while numerous later generations pay the cost.

Yet this heritage of pollution is nothing compared to problems we are bequeathing to future Continue reading