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Philadelphia PA IPL Earth Hour: Lights Out, Party ON!

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Philadelphia PA IPL Invites you to Earth Hour 2016…

… a party that will celebrate the beauty of the night sky and the work of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light, March 19 from 6:45 pm to 9:45 pm at the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting.

Featuring:

  • A “Greet the Light” experience with the opening of the ceiling Skyspace over the meetinghouse,
  • The music of  Acoustic Blender,
  • An earth-defying dessert bar,
  • The glow of solar lanterns during international Earth Hour.

Proceeds from the Philadelphia PA IPL Earth Hour will benefit PA IPL’s Time to Build up Campaign, which aims to  triple our staff and expand our reach, establishing a foundation for PA IPL to become a truly state-wide organization.

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The ceiling will open at 7 pm

The skyspaceSkyspace at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting is an installation designed by light artist James Turrell.

At sunset, a section of the roof of the meetinghouse will slide open for a “Greet the Light” program, a meditative and prayerful experience of the wonder of light — both natural and human-inspired. If the weather has other plans, there will be an alternative light show,

Participants lie on their backs to view the light show. With the ceiling open to the March sky we recommend dressing warmly or bringing a blanket to be extra cozy.  You can also bring a yoga mat if you have one.

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Acoustic Blender will jazz up the place 

Starting at 8 pm, the party will move into the social room and will include the music of Acoustic Blender, as well as some great desserts, while we celebrate the amazing work that PA IPL is doing to combat climate change and care for our planet.

We’ll join international Earth Hour from 8:30 to 9:30

eiffel towersAt 8:30 pm the party will continue in the glow of solar lanterns when the electricity goes off to mark the ninth annual international Earth Hour.

Originated by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour is a world-wide movement  in which  individuals, communities and businesses throughout the world are invited to turn off their non-essential lights on the same day from 8:30 pm to 9:30 as a sign of commitment to the planet.

Bring your own light alternative (no candles, though) to add to the ambiance. High-level donors can take home a solar powered lantern, while supplies last.

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Green Transportation Challenge

As a special show of love for the earth and its climate, consider an alternative to driving to the event:

  • Bike racks are available to the left of the building.
  • For public transit, use the #23 SEPTA bus; the L SEPTA bus; the SEPTA Chestnut Hill East line’s Wyndmoor station (three-block walk); or the SEPTA Chestnut Hill West line’s St. Martin’s station (one-mile walk).

 

 

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

Philadelphia PA IPL: local monthly meeting

The Philadelphia cluster of PA IPL is very active and plans workshops, services, and works in coalition with many other groups bringing faith voices to climate justice and clean energy future efforts, and climate justice voices to faith work. Their monthly meetings alternate between Mondays and Tuesdays at 7:00 PM and are open to everyone. Particular meetings may focus either on planning or on a particular program.

The group meets at Summit Presbyterian Church in Mt. Airy.
Tuesday 3/8
Monday 4/11
Tuesday 5/10
Tuesday 6/14

VILLANOVA: Cardinal Peter Turkson and a multi-faith roundtable conversation

The Creation of Laudato Si
An Interfaith Conversation with Religious Leaders

Cardinal Peter Turkson

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President, Pontifical Council on Justice & Peace, and a draft author of Laudato Sí

Free but RSVP REQUIRED by Feb. 18

Thursday, February 25, 2016 
Villanova Room, Connelly Center

9:30–10AM Refreshments and Registration
10:00–11:30 AM Presentation by Cardinal Turkson with Multi-faith Responses & Roundtable Conversation

respondents: 

  • Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein, Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light
  • Rev. J. Anyabwile Bankole, Greater Mount Vernon Baptist Church
  • Imam Sohaib Sultan, Princeton University
  • Sister Marie Cook, Sisters of Mercy Mid-Atlantic Community
  • Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Shalom Center

You are invited to share in this unique opportunity to learn the story behind the creation of Laudato Si and to discuss its impact in diverse religious communities and within the wider environmental movement.

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson serves as the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Working with the Council, Cardinal Turkson had primary responsibility for developing the first draft of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si.

 Please RSVP by February 18. For more information, contact julia.sheetz@villanova.edu

Philadelphia PA IPL: local monthly meeting

The Philadelphia cluster of PA IPL is very active and plans workshops, services, and works in coalition with many other groups bringing faith voices to climate justice and clean energy future efforts, and climate justice voices to faith work. Their monthly meetings alternate between Mondays and Tuesdays at 7:00 PM and are open to everyone. Particular meetings may focus either on planning or on a particular program.

The group meets at Summit Presbyterian Church in Mt. Airy.
Monday 2/8
Tuesday 3/8
Monday 4/11
Tuesday 5/10
Tuesday 6/14

POSTPONED film series (Philadelphia): Chasing Ice

POSTPONED due to forecast.  Committee is considering reschedule v. replacement with another title. … if you have both electricity and time on your hand this weekend, we understand this is streaming on Netflix now!

**This event is preceded by an all-are-welcome celebration of the Jewish New Year of the Trees, Tu b’Shevat, which begins at 1:30 in the same location.  Please RSVP for the celebration.  Participants may attend one event or both**

In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate.  Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change.  But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.

2014 Emmy award winner.

Film length: 75 min.
Website with trailer: Chasing Ice

Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 3.40.53 PMFilm series spearheaded by the Climate Action Team at St. Martin in the Fields; host venues vary!

This film hosted by the First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG)