Awaken our leaders with moral messages.

 AdvocacyTrainingWorkshopHeaderRead below, then link to the full article from the Montgomery News on Saturday, March 7, 2015.  Thank you to Arlene Edmonds and the Montgomery News for the coverage of Climate Disruption is a Moral Issue: Interfaith Climate Advocacy Training.  Note: links appearing below were added by PA IPL.

Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light conference focuses on interfaith climate advocacy

Center City— Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light is moving beyond protesting oil bomber trains and holding meetings to unite Christians, Jews, Muslims and other faiths together to discuss the environment. It is now training those in these faith-based communities to influence the leery, the uninformed and misinformed about why they should be involved in advocating for social justice climate issues.

Maybe more voices will listen now on the heels of numerous train derailments,  including the type of crude oil trains it has been warning those in Northwest Philadelphia about. So when it held its conference, it was titled “Climate Disruption is a Moral Issue: Interfaith Climate Advocacy Training.” It was held nestled between a West Virginia oil train derailment on Tuesday, Feb. 17, and the eve of another in New Jersey on Feb. 23. The session was held at Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St. in Center City, on Thursday, Feb. 19.

The session focused on training online and in-person conference attendees learning how to speak with moral authority on the issue of climate change in the commonwealth. So, the day’s motto was, “A day of preparation for people of all faiths.”

“People of faith possess the moral authority to awaken our leaders to our shared responsibility for the impacts of climate change,” said the Rev. Cheryl Pyrch, pastor of the Summit Presbyterian Church in West Mount Airy. She pointed to the mission statement for the group and the Feb. 19 conference.

“We seek to prepare people of faith who are willing to proactively initiate meetings with policy makers, 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,” the statement said.

Workshop leaders included José Aguto, the legislative secretary on the Sustainable Energy and Environment at the Friends Committee on National Legislation in Washington, D.C.; PennFuture’s federal policy director Joy Bergey; Widener University professor of sustainability ethics and law Donald Brown; and Justin Wright, the mediator and negotiation trainer for Active Neutrals’ Eco-Justice Working Group also presented.

While their issues dealt with this and other social justice environmental concerns, the week culminated… to read the rest at Montgomery News, including quotes from Philadelphia City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown.

Read what Governor Wolf has said about the oil trains over at State Impact PA.