PA IPL Sign-On: Letter to Kerry- Climate Finance action

In recent news reports, it was announced that John Kerry, Special Envoy for Climate to U.S. President Joe Biden, has been engaging with private banks about mobilizing to confront the climate crisis.

The letter also outlines key commitments needed to ensure the climate targets and announcements of financial institutions are aligned with the Paris Agreement and principles of climate justice, including the upholding of the rights of Indigenous peoples.

The deadline for sign-on was Wednesday, March 24 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT  and we wanted to let you know that PA IPL was one of the groups to sign on to this letter!

Here is the complete text of the letter with citations and current signers below (updated daily).

Until we can hold Wall Street firms to account, no amount of new green finance commitments can credibly undo the damage that their fossil fuel financing is doing to the climate, to U.S. climate leadership, and to our chances of meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Policy Happenings and News

Biden Administration Announcement

Please find a statement from PA IPL here regarding the recent announcements by the Biden Administration regarding Climate Change and environmental policy.

Coalition Letter: 100 Groups Across PA Oppose HB 637/SB 119, Support PA Joining RGGI

PA IPL members please find the final coalition letter opposing HB 637 & SB 119.

Thanks to a lot of hard work, PennFuture has been able to garner 100 signatories from a host of different groups across the Commonwealth and sent to the General Assembly.

Read the final coalition letter here.

Letters to the Editor / OpEd

Please continue to alert us to articles and resources for our community via email.

  1. Fresh air at EPA – Rabbi Daniel Swartz
  2. A scrappy solar developer took utility regulators to court. And won. – Anya Litvak and Laura Legere Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

PA IPL Creation Care – Living Actively As Stewards of Creation

Spring has arrived, even if erratically as typical in PA. Across Pennsylvania we have begun distributing trees, removing non-native species, and planting thousands of trees in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Fund 10 Million Trees project and many local partners.

We are always looking for new volunteers and locations. If you are interested in participating please fill out one of our google forms below. A second distribution will take place in April and we may have more trees in the Fall.  We are especially interested in partners in the Lancaster area. 

Our efforts in North Central PA have not gone unnoticed. Local press is starting to take notice. Take a look at this article involving our Executive Director, David Heayn-Menendez. 

If anyone is in North Central PA, there will be a larger Interfaith Service on Earth Day (April 22nd) and a planting event on Arbor Day (April 30th) in Lewisburg. Sign up here

It is important to reach out to news outlets about the work we do. If anyone is interested in writing for us or contacting local press, email us.

Creation Care is not only a great way to positively affect the environment through increasing biodiversity, carbon capture, and reducing erosion it is also a COVID safe opportunity to reconnect with the natural world and each other. During certain planting events we hope to bring a level of spiritual retreat to our work. If you or your congregation is particularly interested in the spiritual potential of Creation Care please contact us.

Study after study has shown that experiencing and connecting with the natural world and each other has positive physical and mental health effects. When we come together as a community for this important work we benefit while helping others and our environment.
This expansion will also result in greater expenses for PA IPL and any donations to support this important work would be appreciated.

Webinar Recording: The EPA in 2021: Prioritizing Moral Accountability

On Wednesday, December 9th, a webinar-The EPA in 2021: Prioritizing Moral Accountability was co-hosted by the Rev. Dr. Brooks Berndt of the United Church of Christ Environmental Justice Ministry and the Rev. Michael Malcom of Alabama Interfaith Power & Light and the People’s Justice Council .

If you were not able to attend this webinar online, please enjoy this recording of the webinar.

The webinar discussed how the last four years have brought about the dismantlement of potentially 104 environmental rules. The EPA’s stated mission is to protect human health and the environment and this webinar includes a team of panelists who answer the questions:

  • What needs to happen to repair and advance this mission?
  • What do faith communities need to know to hold the EPA morally accountable? 

January 2021 Newsletter: IPL Short Film – Unbreathable: The Fight For Healthy Air

Join IPL on January 19, 2021 at 6:30pm EST for a free screening of the short film Unbreathable immediately followed by the webinar, Unbreathable No More: The EPA and Clean Air in 2021.

Register here.

Unbreathable: The Fight for Healthy Air is a timely, powerful look at fifty years of the Clean Air Act and the challenges we still face to ensure healthy air for everyone. 

Unbreathable No More: The EPA and clean air in 2021:
After the film, Interfaith Power & Light President Rev. Susan Hendershot will speak with one the newest IPL board members, Rev. Melanie Mullen, Director of Reconciliation, Justice, and Creation Care in the office of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. IPL National Organizing Director, Bill Bradlee, will also address IPL priorities for EPA advocacy in the coming year, focusing on clean cars and methane pollution.