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The ABC’s of the Infrastructure Bill: Airports Bridges and Climate & Why Your Activism and Advocacy Matter
August 4 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PMFree
Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light is happy to be partnering with Jewish Earth Alliance (JEA) for a new initiative to help Pennsylvanians voice their position on climate change with a real impact. On August 4th at 7:30PM, PA IPL’s Policy Manager, Amani Reid, will partner with PA IPL member and PA Coordinator for JEA, Phyllis Bloomberg, to host the first in a new series of monthly information and training sessions to assist and encourage political letter writing.
JEA will be providing ongoing training and templates for a monthly letter writing campaign to local, state, and federal officials. The meetings will take place on the first Wednesday of each month and will provide a template, information, and guidance for all those interested in amplifying the message of Climate Justice.
Letter writing to our elected officials is one of the most straightforward and important ways we can communicate our moral and ethical stance regarding Climate Justice. Legislators are legally obligated to track such communications so letters are an effective and direct way to inform officials and convey our position, made all the more powerful by our collective voice and as a community of faith and conscience. Your letters can and will make a difference with policy makers so that they live up to their moral obligation to save our planet.
This month we have two fantastic speakers joining us:
- Rabbi Nathan Martin, President of the board of the Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light will give us spiritual inspiration.
- Roger Stephenson, the northeast regional director for advocacy for the Union of Concerned Scientists. He believes that each of us can point to something that motivates us to take action and Roger’s motivations are wildlife and his grandchildren. When he’s not working with scientists and advocating for climate he’s birding, paddling, or playing with his grandchildren.
- The title of his presentation is The ABC’s of the Infrastructure Bill: Airports Bridges and Climate and Why Your Activism and Advocacy Matter. You will learn that every politician distills an issue into three components: ink, money, and votes. According to Roger, advocacy takes this into account and is incredibly important to face off against polluters’ money in politics, to help neighbors become aware and care, and to join in the effort to speak truth to power.
Write to your Federal Senators and Representative. Once you learn more about the importance of climate in the infrastructure bill and how the Jewish Earth Alliance makes it quite easy, through their background information and template letter, for everyone to write letters to their federal officials, we hope you will write to your members of Congress now and for the next few months.
This month we are writing letters to our US Senators and Representative on the importance of including crucial climate measures in infrastructure legislation. You can highlight measures to drive down carbon emissions, further environmental justice, and fund resilient infrastructure. All of these measures have been eliminated in the current bipartisan infrastructure bill. We need to stay involved to show we care about climate infrastructure!