Green Holiday Gift Ideas for a Healthier Planet

With the Main Line Chapter of PA IPL

On Monday, November 22nd at 7:30pm, the PA IPL Main Line Chapter is welcoming Steve Beebee, owner of the Community Eco Store in Phoenixville, PA, an all-volunteer boutique for Eco-friendly lifestyles. He will offer ideas and information about green products that can make great holiday gifts without making a big negative impact on the Earth in a program following this month’s Main Line IPL Chapter meeting. Zoom in and be inspired!

We would like to invite nonmembers to register and join us in our discussion of green gift ideas.

The holidays are comingand they are a great way to show your loved ones you care about them, and the future of the planet! For our November 22nd program, we will hear about shopping options that allow for a more healthy planet. Bring your best green gift idea!!! If you cannot join us on the 22nd, please send us your gift idea to be included in our Holiday Shopping List for a Healthier Planet.

There will be time for Q and A.

Please be in touch if you have any questions. Members should have received the Zoom link and it will be sent again closer to Monday, November 22. Nonmembers can register here.

Those who wish to join the program with Steve Beebee about green gift ideas please enter the room at 7:30pm.
– Members use the same link to access the Main Line IPL Chapter meeting at 7:00pm as well as for Steve Beebee’s program at 7:30pm.

What Climate Solutions We Have Achieved Globally, Nationally, & Within Pennsylvania

In Partnership with the Jewish Earth Alliance (JEA)

Join us Wednesday, November 17 at 7:00pm for a meeting as part of PA IPL‘s ongoing partnership with Jewish Earth Alliance (JEA).

What Climate Solutions We Have Achieved Globally, Nationally, and Within Pennsylvania

National and International updates from Jonathan Lacock-Nisly, Director of Faithful Advocacy for Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA)
Pennsylvania updates from Flora Cardoni, Field Director for PennEnvironment
Spiritual offering by Marci Wilf, Middot/character instructor, speaking on gratitude

Register here for this event.

We also encourage everyone to write thank you notes to Casey and their representative if they voted for BBB/infrastructure. We will be writing letters in the meeting as well. If you need help on how to call or email them and what to say, please contact Phyllis for assistance.

Please submit your letters directly to Phyllis as attachments to your email message. We will deliver them by email directly to the appropriate staffer.

REGISTER NOW and receive an email providing the Zoom link for the meeting.

We hope to see you on November 17th at 7:00pm!

Gardeners, Go Native!

Main Line IPL Monthly Chapter Meeting – October 2021

October 25, 7:00 PM – 8:45 PM

For our October 25th program Leslie Bass, a Penn State Montgomery County Master Gardener Volunteer, will offer tips and advice to gardeners.

Now is a terrific time to plant your native perennials! Leslie will speak about why native plants are so important to the environment, and offer practical advice on purchasing native plants, as well as what to look for. There will be time for Q and A.

The Main Line chapter of PA IPL meets each month on fourth Monday evenings, 7:00-8:45 via Zoom.  We email a link to people on the Tuesday prior — often with a bit of special program description.  We hope you will join us!

To make sure you get the links, reach out to conveners Courtenay Willcox and Chuck Marshall by emailing them at — and be sure to add to your contacts!

Inside the Build Back Better Act with PA IPL & JEA

Join us Wednesday, October 20 at 6:00pm for a meeting as part of PA IPL‘s ongoing partnership with Jewish Earth Alliance (JEA).

In this meeting we will be discussing what is currently included in the Build Back Better Act, what has been or might be eliminated, and most importantly what can concerned citizens do.

Our main speaker will be Emily Wirzba, Manager of Government Relations at the Environmental Defense Action Fund. She has the inside story. Emily will talk for about 10 minutes and answer questions. We will discuss what citizens can and must do to get climate solutions passed.

You can register here for this event.

We hope to see you then, and in the meantime keep pressuring Senator Casey and your US Congressperson to support all of the climate solutions in the Build Back Better Bill. If you need help on how to call or email them and what to say, please contact Phyllis for assistance.

Register now and receive an email providing the Zoom link for the meeting.

Diverse Group of Faith Leaders Deliver Pope’s Climate Appeal to the State Department, Offer Prayers in the Lead Up to COP26

Faith leaders amplify Pope Francis’s moral call to action days before world leaders gather for pivotal climate negotiations and Congress faces deadline to pass historic climate investments

WASHINGTON, DC — As President Biden and world leaders prepare to travel to Glasgow, Scotland for the Conference of Parties (COP), two dozen clergy and faith leaders representing diverse faith traditions gathered outside the State Department to read from and hand deliver a copy of Faith and Science: An Appeal for COP26, a recently-released multifaith climate action Appeal led by His Holiness Pope Francis.

This COP, postponed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, marks a critical juncture in global climate negotiations. Five years after the Paris Agreement, countries must increase their greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets to keep average temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) and avoid the most harmful impacts of the climate crisis.

“As people of faith and conscience, we understand that the climate crisis is a spiritual crisis and that our faiths call us to prioritize the health and well-being of those who are most vulnerable,” said Rev. Susan Hendershot, President of Interfaith Power & Light. “Climate disasters and pollution are bringing death and destruction to communities in the U.S. and globally. It is our sacred calling to act. The U.S. has a moral responsibility to accelerate ambition and care for the most vulnerable people at COP26.”

Recognizing the stakes, the Vatican convened representatives from the world’s major religions to draft the Appeal that faith leaders read from during today’s program. The document, which was released in Rome on October 4, calls on world leaders to take decisive action to confront the climate crisis by raising their commitments at the COP. It also urges wealthier nations to do their fair share by drastically reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and providing funding and support to more vulnerable countries.

“As the Appeal itself notes, we live in ‘an age fraught with division and despair,’ and yet this incredibly diverse group of faith leaders came together, seeking to share a prophetic vision of hope. Now we must ensure that the nations of the world take the actions needed to protect our ‘common home’ and build a just and sustainable future,”  said Rabbi Daniel Swartz, Executive Director, Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Lifeone of four American signatories to the Appeal.

Since the release of the Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home encyclical in 2015, Pope Francis has been a leading voice on climate action. President Biden, a devout Catholic, will have an audience with the Pope just days before the start of the COP. Secretary Kerry, who was also raised in the Catholic faith, met with Pope Francis earlier this year.

“President Biden and Special Envoy Kerry are men of deep Catholic faith. We hope that they find inspiration and courage in Pope Francis’s consistent call for urgent and ambitious climate action centered on justice for the most climate vulnerable communities around the world. This includes intergenerational justice. As the statement said, ‘We inherited a garden; we must not leave a desert to our children,” said Chloe Noel, Faith Economy Ecology Project Coordinator, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.

Participants at today’s event offered prayers for both men as well as other U.S. officials participating in the COP. The vigil was one of hundreds of actions taking place around the world as part of Greenfaith’s Faiths 4 Climate Justice.

“The crisis of climate change is a shared concern for the whole of humanity. It would not spare anybody of its drastic impacts based on one’s economic status, the same is true for nations. If one nation sinks, we all sink. The United States has to lead the world on this.” said Dr. Rajwant Singh, Founder and President, EcoSikhanother signatory to the multifaith Appeal.

The vigil was held as Congress nears a self-imposed deadline to pass a reconciliation package that could include historic levels of investment in clean energy and transportation, and a target of 100% clean energy by 2035. Majority Leader Schumer estimates that fully funding the reconciliation package and infrastructure bill – known as President Bident’s Build Back Better Agenda – could enable the cut its emissions by 45% in the next decade, nearly all of the United States’ current 50-52% emissions reductions pledge.

“While today’s program is focused on the Administration, communities of faith are not taking the pressure off Congress for a second,” said Dahlia Rockowitz, Washington Director, Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action. “We know that if Congress fails to pass big and bold climate investments in the Build Back Better package, President Biden will show up in Glasgow empty handed, failing not only the global community, but future generations.”

“The pandemic has devastated communities in the U.S. and across the globe. The road to recovery demands we take bold stands and make substantial investments to ensure communities thrive holistically,” said Sandy Ovalle, Director of Campaigns and Mobilizing, Sojourners. “Christians are watching to ensure climate priorities receive the investments that our communities deserve. Congress must ensure we have the resources to reduce emissions at significant rates to promote our recovery and contribute to our fair share of responsibility to reduce global warming. ” 

Today’s event was organized by Franciscan Action Network, Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action, Interfaith Power & Light, Jewish Earth Alliance, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Justice Team, Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice, and Sojourners.

Photos from today’s vigil will be available in this folder following the event.