October 2021 PA IPL Statewide Monthly Meeting and Program – Build Back with Justice

Faith, Health, and Political Perspectives on Paths Forward

Join PA IPL for our October Statewide Monthly Meeting and Program on October 18th at 7pm. This month’s meeting will focus on if President Biden’s Build Back Better Act is passed.

Three speakers will address the potential of the bill if passed, the impact it would have, and the role of communities and individuals of faith and conscience in passing and following through with the investment in climate justice.

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

There is no fee for this program, but a suggested $5 donation will help us keep doing this work.

Philadelphia PA IPL Local Chapter Meeting – October 2021

The Philly Chapter of PA IPL meets each month on second Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM EST via Zoom. The next meeting will be held on October 12th:

“Bomb Trains” through Philadelphia
Transporting Fracked Gas to Gibbstown, NJ

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The Gibbstown Liquefied Natural Gas [or LNG] Export Terminal is proposed for a deep water port on the Delaware River, south of Philadelphia and north of Chester in Greenwich Twp., NJ. The project’s footprint begins in the Marcellus shale in northcentral PA where shale gas would be extracted from fracked wells, then liquefied at a plant they want to build in Bradford County. From the proposed plant in Wyalusing Twp., PA, trains and trucks would carry the LNG about 200 miles through dozens of communities including densely populated Wilkes Barre, Reading, and Allentown, through Philadelphia neighborhoods, across the Delaware River to New Jersey and south through Camden and other communities. From the proposed terminal dock, the LNG would be transported in enormous ships down the Delaware and overseas for sale.

Up to two 100-tankcar trains per day would traverse Philadelphia – trains that are so dangerous that the federal government banned their use for LNG transport up to now. They are referred to as  “bomb trains” because the explosive force of the LNG should there be an accident would impact all the City, with the most intense and swiftest catastrophic effects along the train route, unjustly impacting Black and Brown and low income communities.

Our presenter, Tracy Carluccio, is Deputy Director and a founder of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN), a non-profit founded in 1989 with the mission of protecting and defending the Delaware River, its tributaries, habitats, and communities, both human and nonhuman. DRN is one of the organizations leading the fight against the Gibbstown LNG terminal and the bomb trains that would supply it. Tracy will be talking about the LNG project, its adverse impacts, the potential for disaster, how something so dangerous got approval, and what can be done now to stop it.

Now Available: Video of September’s PA IPL Statewide Monthly Meeting and Program!

Solar September

September’s PA IPL Statewide program focused on Solar arrays.

Solar is growing by leaps and bounds and congregations are keeping pace by installing solar at an ever increasing rate all over the country. They are financing it through a variety of creative options but the many financing options, their pros and cons, and what is best for each property is often confusing.

Are you thinking of going solar at your congregation? Are you interested in solar for yourself? September’s meeting brought together solar experts who answered many questions from different perspectives. Watch to learn how you can install solar on your property, on your congregation’s property, or otherwise participate in the growing solar sector to combat climate change.

Speakers:

Interfaith Power & Light has a new Solar Financing Guide for Congregations! Read our informative overview on financing options first. Find the Guide and check out all our Solar Resources here.

Launch of PA IPL Southwest PA Chapter

PA IPL is launching the Southwest PA Chapter TODAY at 5:00pm! We look forward to seeing everyone at the City of Pittsburgh Rhododendron Shelter in the Highland Park neighborhood to unite existing PA IPL PGH Chapter members with new PA IPL members from around the region.

We are basing the SW PA Chapter Launch on three fundamental concepts:

  1. We are spiritual beings with ties to the earth.
  2. We must recognize this and the impact that we have on the earth and other human beings, particularly those in Climate Justice Communities.
  3. As people of faith, we must organize, plan and complete projects that will reduce our impact and increase equity across the Commonwealth.

Highlights of this meeting will include a potluck dinner and a Cosmic Walk. Inspired by Thomas Berry’s work, Sister Miriam Therese MacGillis, created the Cosmic Walk ritual at Genesis Farm, New Jersey, in the mid-1980’s. Thomas Berry was a monk, cultural historian, author, teacher, and mystic who linked spirituality with ecology.

PA IPL will provide refreshing water to drink. This will be a Zero Waste Event! Please consider bringing your own plates, knives, forks, and spoons to help us achieve our goal. PA IPL will provide compostable tableware for those who cannot bring their own. New and existing members should bring their favorite dishes to share in this opportunity for increased fellowship. Portable restrooms are available at the Shelter.

Bring your friends, family, congregational members to experience the Cosmic Walk and build our PA IPL SW PA Chapter!

Now Available: Video of September 19 Meeting in Partnership with JEA!

Video of our latest meeting in partnership with Jewish Earth Alliance is now available! Click here to view.

Topic: No More Tax Breaks for Fossil Fuels
Speaker: Rob Altenburg, Senior Director for Energy & Climate for PennFuture

A discussion of the report Rob and PennFuture wrote about subsidies for fossil fuels.

Recognizing that the time is now to pass far reaching climate actions by the federal government, the Jewish Earth Alliance and Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light formed a coalition to advocate for climate actions with our federal elected officials. Each month we hold an informational session where we discuss a specific topic relating to environmental sustainability/environmental justice and then help people write letters to their senators and representative on this topic. The Jewish Earth Alliance provides the topic, background information, and template letter to customize.