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King of Prussia—Superfund Prayer Tour

The National Religious Partnership for the Environment and Creation Justice Ministries will co-host a Superfund Prayer Tour in the King of Prussia area northwest of Philadelphia.  If you will be in services on Saturday, or you cannot get to King of Prussia, please join in prayer, and let us know that you will be doing so.

RSVP to Shantha Ready Alonso at shantha@creationjustice.org.
Learn much more about the sites.
(Especially helpful for those praying from afar.)

The tour will begin with a briefing at Valley Forge Acres Park regarding Superfund sites in the area. We will then view the Stanley Kessler Superfund Site, and the Crater/Keystone Superfund site. We will be led in prayer by Deacon Sergei Kapral of the Orthodox Church in America.

Masks will be provided for attendees to mitigate smells and limit dust inhalation.

Please join us for this important prayer event as we highlight the need to protect communities from toxic pollution and urge Congress to fully fund the EPA and its Superfund Program.

$20 fee covers lunch and snacks.
If this fee is a barrier to your attendance, please contact us at PA IPL

2016 Annual Conference: An Environment of Justice

Join us on the afternoon of October 30 for our 2016 statewide annual conference, An Environment of Justice.  Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome of the Kresge Foundation will offer the keynote presentation, as well as one of 9 remarkable workshops.  She has shared her keynote teaser and workshop objectives with us, and we’re pleased to share them with you (title above, more on the conference page.)

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Climate Change: The Path to Inner Resilience

Join us  for our 2016 statewide annual conference, An untitled-designEnvironment of Justice.  Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome of the Kresge Foundation will offer the keynote presentation Climate Change: The Path to Inner Resilience, as well as one of 9 remarkable workshops.  Jalonne has shared her keynote description and workshop objectives with us, and we’re pleased to share them with you.

Sunday, October 30th
1:30 PM-5:30 PM
(Green Fair Reception and registration begin at 1:00)
at the Church of the Good Shepherd
867 Grays Woods Blvd, State College, PA 16870
PRE-registration is now closed, but you can REGISTER AT THE DOOR ($20)

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Show up, and keep on showing up.

UPDATE November 2016: Governor Wolf announced that the port would be used to double the container shipping capacity of the port, and not  for fossil fuel processing or handling.

A coalition group that Philadelphia PA IPL is a founding and active member of, Green Justice Philly, has been actively engaging at multiple levels (public meetings, written testimony, conversations with leaders, and more) with the conversations about how Southport will be developed.  What happens now commits that area to particular kinds of use for a long time, and we want it to be safe for nearby residents, to  provide good, safe jobs, and to not add to the fossil fuel infrastructure which further chains us to the energy sources of the last century.   (Some of you may know that there is some exciting work happening in Philadelphia ports that is helping us move forward into the clean energy future we want, but that’s another entity at another site.)  Last night there was a public hearing on the issue, PACKED because of outreach by active and concerned folks.

Read the State Impact PA piece.
Read a piece written by Green Justice Philly member Meenal Raval which begins:

There’s a corner of Philadelphia that’s under-developed. It’s at the south east tip of our city, along the Delaware River, calledSouthport. It’s managed by a state agency called the PRPA (Philadelphia Regional Port Authority).

In southwest Philadelphia, there’s an oil refinery owned and managed by Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES). For the past year or so, the CEO of PES, Phil Rinaldi, has been proposing expanding their operations into Southport, with the vision of Philadelphia becoming the Houston on the Delaware. For a full coverage of this plan, see our collection of local fossil fuel news.

Many (no, make that countless) Philadelphian’s are terrified with this vision.  Some groups have publicly expressed their positions; notably see published letters from Green Justice Philly, Philadelphia chapter of PA Interfaith Power & Light andPhysicians for Social Responsibility of Greater Philadelphia.

The PRPA team has been reviewing proposals for Southport’s development and narrowed it down to 6 companies. Their RFP (Request for Proposals) and other public documents can be found here. In brief,

  1. CenterPoint Properties Trust wants to  CONTINUE

forum and vigil: Climate, Jobs, and Justice: a Moral Response to the Pope’s Urgent Message

Media coverage of the event from the NBC affiliate in Philadelphia:

Original description:
This event is a coalition event planned and supported by many partners (see below).  The event begins at the Friends’ Center, Philadelphia (scroll to bottom for address and map), and ends with a procession around City Hall to LOVE Park for a vigil.  It will take place not far from the Shale Conference happening the same day.    Flier to shareFlyer B&W Climate, Jobs, Justice-FINAL

5:30 gathering and refreshments
6:00-7:15 ” A Just Transition” forum with compelling calls to action from community, faith, labor, and health leaders
7:30 Inspiring, art-filled procession from Friends Center through downtown Philadelphia, ending in a night vigil at LOVE Park.

Please join us for a forum and vigil to lift up Pope Francis’s urgent call for climate action and economic justice!  RSVP

In June, Pope Francis published an urgent letter to people across the world: On Care for Our Common Home.”  The letter urge people everywhere to take decisive action to preserve a livable climate and to build a just economy. The Pope will bring this message to Congress and the United Nations when he visits the US this September.

As Philly prepares for his arrival, hundreds of people from all backgrounds will come together for a forum, procession, and vigil. We will reflect on what the Pope’s message means to us here in Philly. And we will call on our elected officials to commit to a rapid shift to a just and sustainable economy, with renewable energy, clean air, living wage jobs, and justice for those who are harmed most by climate change. Everyone is welcome!

What to Expect:

  • Big, beautiful art
  • Compelling calls to action from faith, community, and labor leaders
  • Presentations about energy, health, pollution, clean jobs, and strategies for building a just and sustainable economy
  • To make friends with neighbors who care about community, people, and planet

Co-sponsored by:

  • 350 Philly
  • Green Justice Philly
  • Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility-Philadelphia
  • Sierra Club Southeast PA Beyond Coal Campaign
  • Shalom Center

Let us know if your organization would like to endorse the event! 

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Quotes from the Pope’s Letter*PopeFrancis-01

“The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change.”
“There is an urgent need to develop policies so that, in the next few years, the emission of carbon dioxide and other highly polluting gases can be drastically reduced, for example, substituting for fossil fuels and developing sources of renewable energy.”
“A sense of deep communion with the rest of nature cannot be real if our hearts lack tenderness, compassion and concern for our fellow human beings. It is clearly inconsistent to combat trafficking in endangered species while remaining completely indifferent to human trafficking, unconcerned about the poor, or undertaking to destroy another human being deemed unwanted.”


We are hosting multiple Art Builds for anyone who wants to help create puppets, LED Signs, and giant banners! Learn more and RSVP for the next one here.

Racial/Economic Justice and Climate Change: Change the Course (PHILADELPHIA)

FREE TRAINING, lunch and snacks PROVIDED
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Click through for the easy-peasy registration form (name, email, phone, zip code.)

  • What are the connections between race, poverty and climate change?
  • What are the connections between health issues like asthma, heart disease and climate?
  • What can we do about it?

Trainers from the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) will run this CHANGE the COURSE training.

This partner event is cosponsored by:
ActionUnited     Food and Water Watch   Clean Air Council  PA Interfaith Power & Light
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