Testing the Lord
On February 23, 2013 Penn State students hold the third annual Positively Green day of service. Last year, 30 students, faculty and staff undertook a two-hour training session, and then went out into the community, helping State College neighbors make their houses more energy efficient.
We began at 10:30 am, with a full day of activities:
10:30 AM Training in the Frizzell Room of the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center (corner of Curtain and Allen on campus, right across from the libraries)
12:00 PM lunch!
12:30 PM move to local worksites to begin energy efficiency work in low-income homes
3:00 PM regroup at Pasquerilla (with cookies!)
4:00 PM adjourn
ith financial support from the Rock Ethics Institute and generous donations from our corporate sponsors (Lowe’s and Wal-Mart),our students changed light bulbs, installed weather-stripping, and upgraded homes with low-flow shower heads and hot water pipe insulation (see more pictures here). Students also learned how to discuss energy usage and encourage folks to make lifestyle choices that save energy and protect our planet.
Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light is proud to sponsor the first student IPL in the nation—thanks, Penn State students, for being part of the climate change solution!
This letter from PA IPL member and former intern Barb Donnini was published in the Good Steward Campaign newsletter, as well as in the Centre Daily Times here.
A Simple Wish
I wish for an excellent quality of life for every human being, for biodiversity and for a great outdoors to exist for my children.
It is for these reasons, and my desire to follow moral guidelines, that I am deeply disturbed to learn of people who think climate change is not real, but is instead an elaborate scam to raise taxes.
The World Health Organization estimates that 150,000 deaths are directly attributable to climate change.
In a sick ironic twist, the people hurt the most by climate change aren’t emitting the most (or even a lot). The most affected nations are the poorest. Their citizens are barely able to subsist day to day, let alone pay to cope with the new effects of climate change on their communities (extreme drought in Africa, for example).
What’s being asked of all of us is small: Conserve energy in your home and encourage clean energy projects. This doesn’t mean changing your political party. It means signing an online petition, helping a nonprofit or supporting national policy that increases renewable energy usage.
Even if you still aren’t convinced, we can all agree that conserving energy is a good thing, if just for financial reasons.
I’d like to believe that most can identify with right versus wrong, fair versus unfair. It isn’t fair that we use much more energy than needed while so many others feel the consequences.
We have one chance at preserving the planet – the risk is too great to do nothing.
This letter from PA IPL board president Rev. Bill Thwing was published on 12/10/2012 in the Johnstown Tribune Democrat
Nation facing more ‘cliffs’ than fiscal
Three recent news stories have caught my attention.
While headlines scream that a “fiscal cliff” looms and that Republicans and Democrats can’t reach agreement, another, smaller story whispers that China and the United States have traded places as world economic powers.
Apparently, as recently as 2006, the United States was the largest trading partner around the world, with 127 countries versus China’s 70.
By 2011, that ratio had reversed, with China now serving as the largest trading partner for 124 countries and the United States serving 76.
Wow! That’s a really big “fiscal cliff.”
A second article catching my attention was “Study: CO2 emissions increase by 3 percent.”
Apparently, China and the United States have now also switched places as the world’s biggest polluter. The amount of heat-trapping pollution the world spewed rose last year by 3 percent with China being the world’s biggest carbon dioxide polluter. The United States and Germany reduced their emissions.
Worldwide, we’ve added nearly 9 ppm of CO2 emissions in only one year! That’s a huge change.
In 2006, CO2 was advancing by only 1 ppm per year. It looks to me like we humans are heading for a “carbon cliff.”
Which cliff is worse: The domestic fiscal cliff that leads to another recession, the balance of trade cliff that leads to the loss of world economic dominance for the United States, or the carbon cliff that leads to climate chaos, failing nations, mass extinctions and the potential collapse of human civilization?
All these cliffs can be avoided simply by agreeing to work together on solutions for the common good.
Rev. William C. Thwing
The link to the letter online is here: http://tribune-democrat.com/editorials?start=10 Rev. Thwing’s is the second letter.