Main Line IPL Monthly Chapter Meeting-June 2021

The Main Line chapter of PA IPL meets each month on fourth Monday evenings, 7:00-8:30 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 mainline@paipl.org — and be sure to add mainline@paipl.org to your contacts!

Radnor’s Ready for 100–100% clean electricity by 2035 and 100% clean heating and transportation by 2050

For our June 28th program, we will hear from Dan Burnham from Central Baptist Church in Wayne. He joined the Radnor Township Ready for 100 Green Team at the invitation of Sara Pilling two years ago. Sara met him at Central Baptist when he gave a Sunday school presentation on plastics and recycling, and later on global warming and the carbon cycle.

On Radnor’s Green Team, Dan helped prepare the Request for Proposal for the township to hire an energy consulting firm. The hired firm, Practical Energy Solutions of West Chester, prepared a Renewable Energy and Conservation Plan for the township that was issued in Feb 2021. The plan is directed toward the Rf100 goals of 100% clean electricity by 2035 and 100% clean heating and transportation by 2050.
Dan’s presentation will summarize key points in the Renewable Energy and Conservation Plan, particularly what can be done by residential, business, institutional, and municipal sectors to conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Key tactics will be building public commitment, promoting adoption of solar energy in particular and more electrical energy in general, and advocating for favorable state and municipal policies and laws.
There will be a time for questions after Dan’s program.

AMBLER: Movie & Discussion – FROM THE ASHES

FREE pre-release screening of the film FROM THE ASHES at Weaver’s Way Co-op—Ambler with music and more!

From the Ashes captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be under the current Administration. From Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what’s at stake for our economy, health, and climate. From the Ashes invites audiences to learn more about an industry on the edge and what it means for their lives. Learn more:  https://www.fromtheashesfilm.com/

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Join Weavers Way Co-op for a film screening followed by conversation with fellow Ambler area residents about ways we can work together to make Ambler more sustainable. Film will start at 7:15, music provided by Zero Emissions Musicians.  Film running time is 80 minutes.

Sponsored by Ambler Coalition for Peace and Ambler Environmental Advisory Council, and made possible by an opportunity provided by the filmmaker through Interfaith Power & Light.

PHILADELPHIA: Movie & Discussion – FROM THE ASHES

FREE pre-release screening of the film FROM THE ASHES at Unitarian Society of Germantown on June 23 at 7:00 pm in the Assembly Room. Please enter from Parking Lot located behind the church – entrance on Johnson St between Greene St. & Wayne Ave.

From the Ashes captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be under the current Administration. From Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what’s at stake for our economy, health, and climate. From the Ashes invites audiences to learn more about an industry on the edge and what it means for their lives. Learn more:  https://www.fromtheashesfilm.com/ from the ashes flier image - Germantown

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Film running time is 80 minutes. Screening will be followed by light refreshments, with time for reactions and discussion of the implications for environmental activism and social and economic justice coalition building. Gail Mershon of USG and the Rev. Cheryl Pyrch of Summit Presbyterian and PA IPL will facilitate the discussion.

Green Justice Philadelphia: strategy session

Green Justice Philly (GJP) is a diverse and growing coalition of organizations committed to building a healthy, sustainable and economically just Philadelphia region.  The Philadelphia Chapter of PA IPL is one of the founding organizations of GJP and has been playing a key leadership role in strengthening the coalition.  On Thursday, June 8, GJP held a strategy session to develop our new campaign, which is focusing on stimulating the City of Philadelphia’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy while working wth under-resourced Philadelphia neighborhoods to develop local wealth and jobs.

The strategy session included a presentation about DC’s campaigns to move towards renewable energy.  Some 70% of greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed to cities; thus, cities have a significant role to play in reducing emissions.  The complexity of a campaign of this nature requires bringing together leaders, activists, communities, policy experts, and technical experts, and it is inspiring how we are coming together to find common solutions to support the health of our local and global community.  Stay tuned for more details and how you can get involved as the campaign develops.  

[NOTE: This emissions reduction work aligns with the All Hands on Deck: Going to Zero Emissions in Pennsylvania effort by a statewide coalition to work in municipalities toward specific climate pollution reduction targets; the Paris Pledge from IPL nationally allows congregations or other institutions and individuals to publicly commit to similar targets.]Green Justice Philadelphia

Gratitude to PA IPL for providing lunch and to Summit Presbyterian Church for hosting the strategy session.  

—Submitted by Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein

The strategy session was attended by about 16 people from coalition partners PA IPL, Delaware Riverkeepers Network, Clean Air Council, PA Federation Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way (a union for rail workers), Neighborhood Networks, Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT), Sierra Club, 350 Philly, solar industry (plus a call-in from an organizer of DC’s solar campaign)…with facilitation by Matthew Armstead of Training for Change.  Note that Food & Water Watch is a member of the coalition but their representative was not available.  

Ice Cream and Action: Beat the Heat (PHILADELPHIA)

PA IPL will share a short faith-rooted message at each of 2 Beat The Heat rallies with PA environmental partners PennFuture and PennEnvironment to demonstrate support of the Clean Power Plan as an important and immediate step toward a fair clean energy future.  These were the remarks we delivered as testimony to the EPA in hearings last year.

EVEN IF you cannot GO: Send a message to your Senators and your Representative letting them know you are there in spirit, and telling them what you are doing to reduce emissions and beat the heat.  EASY format, you add details.  (Sharing with your friends?  Here’s the short, sensible link: http://tinyurl.com/BeatTheHeat2015)

plan to SHOW UP in Philadelphia?

  • RSVP (to PennFuture) to make sure there will be enough ice cream!
  • WEAR or CARRY something that will reveal your faith connection or voice, or silly heat-beating gear (giant fans, hats with shade umbrellas, snorkels, water wings…)
  • TAKE PHOTOS: a selfie and an event photo, and share them with us on Facebook, or via email.

Ice Cream and Action: Beat the Heat (PITTSBURGH)

PA IPL will share a short faith-rooted message at each of 2 Beat The Heat rallies with PA environmental partners PennFuture and PennEnvironment to demonstrate support of the Clean Power Plan as an important and immediate step toward a fair clean energy future.  These were the remarks we delivered as testimony to the EPA in hearings last year.

EVEN IF you cannot GO: Send a message to your Senators and your Representative letting them know you are there in spirit, and telling them what you are doing to reduce emissions and beat the heat.  EASY format, you add details.  (Sharing with your friends?  Here’s the short, sensible link: http://tinyurl.com/BeatTheHeat2015)

plan to SHOW UP in Pittsburgh?

  • RSVP (to PennFuture) to make sure there will be enough ice cream!
  • WEAR or CARRY something that will reveal your faith connection or voice, or silly heat-beating gear (giant fans, hats with shade umbrellas, snorkels, water wings…)
  • TAKE PHOTOS: a selfie and an event photo, and share them with us on Facebook, or via email.