Global Climate Strikes (Pennsylvania editions)

Pittsburgh Interfaith Service prior to the youth climate rally

Scores of locations joined the Global Climate Strikes on Friday, September 20, and Friday, September 27, 2019, and PA IPL folks supported the events in so many ways. Meditations and services prepared the ground for vibrant youth-led events; a pair of rallies were set on the same day —noon and five— to catch the most passers-by; A Wake/Awake! For the Climate invited people to step boldly into a positive future. PA IPL folks brought a faithful presence, and shared faith practices and words as part of their witness, and those over thirty helped center and lift up youth in so many places and spaces.

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The words
You can watch video of Hadassa’s speech in Philadelphia. Dasi is the teenager who invited you all to join the strikes via our blog and newsletter. Her invitation was referenced and cited in the rich and inspiring Rosh Hashana 5780 sermon of Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb, a member of the national Interfaith Power & Light Board, and a rabbi at Adat Shalom, a Maryland congregation that has taken huge steps to walk more lightly on the earth, and whose warm and generous welcome of our PA IPL cyclists is a trip highlight every year.

The silent meditation in Pittsburgh will have to speak for itself!

In Altoona, Greg Williams spoke about the ways in which his work with young children and becoming a grandfather have created a relationship with the future for him. He also spoke about the importance of gathering in community to do this hopeful work, and of finding others who are supported by a relationship with the Holy.

In Harrisburg, where youth gathered on the steps of the state Capitol, Behzad Zandieh spoke about the work in front of us, referencing Baha’i holy writing and principles.

In State College at noon, Revs. Ben Williams and Kate Heinzel used two voices to lead people into 1.5 minutes of silence in honor of the 1.5 degree celsius warming limit target. At 5:00 PM, Marali Kalra and Cricket Hunter did the same.

As you move forward from these events we invite you to meditate further on the roles of the generations. This piece from Grist Magazine invites each of our generations to be better ancestors, anchoring that idea in the author’s own experience of an heirloom. Might it ground an interesting conversation in your study group or community? Or perhaps around your Thanksgiving table?