PA IPL 2022 Bike/Hike Advocacy Days of Action

Day #1: Thursday, May 19

Meet with State Senator Tim Kearney:
Register here & join the PA IPL 2022 Bike/Hike Advocacy Action Day virtual lobbying meeting with State Senator Tim Kearney! We will begin with a virtual lobbying training session from 10-11am and then we will meet with State Senator Tim Kearney from 11-11:30am.

Meet with State Representative Donna Bullock:
Register here & join the PA IPL 2022 Bike/Hike Advocacy Action Day virtual lobbying meeting with State Representative Donna Bullock! We will have a virtual lobbying training session from 12:30-1pm and then we will meet with State Representative Donna Bullock from 1-1:30pm.

Political Advocacy Letter Writing:
Register here & join the PA IPL 2022 Bike/Hike Advocacy Action Day session for political advocacy letter writing! This meeting will run from 5-6:00pm and will focus on personal stories sharing about why climate justice matters to you. We will be writing letters to Cartwright and Biden with topics such as clean energy and transitioning out of fossil fuel infrastructure in the state​.

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Day #2: Friday, May 20

Sustainable Health & Development:
Register here & join the PA IPL 2022 Bike/Hike Advocacy Action Day session on sustainable health and development with Senator Saval! Senator Saval and other leaders will join us from 12-1:00pm to discuss Sustainable Health and Development throughout PA​.

PA IPL 2022 Bike/Hike Advocacy Days of Action

Day #1: Thursday, May 19

Meet with State Senator Tim Kearney:
Register here & join the PA IPL 2022 Bike/Hike Advocacy Action Day virtual lobbying meeting with State Senator Tim Kearney! We will begin with a virtual lobbying training session from 10-11am and then we will meet with State Senator Tim Kearney from 11-11:30am.

Meet with State Representative Donna Bullock:
Register here & join the PA IPL 2022 Bike/Hike Advocacy Action Day virtual lobbying meeting with State Representative Donna Bullock! We will have a virtual lobbying training session from 12:30-1pm and then we will meet with State Representative Donna Bullock from 1-1:30pm.

Political Advocacy Letter Writing:
Register here & join the PA IPL 2022 Bike/Hike Advocacy Action Day session for political advocacy letter writing! This meeting will run from 5-6:00pm and will focus on personal stories sharing about why climate justice matters to you. We will be writing letters to Cartwright and Biden with topics such as clean energy and transitioning out of fossil fuel infrastructure in the state​.

Day #2: Friday, May 20

Sustainable Health & Development:
Register here & join the PA IPL 2022 Bike/Hike Advocacy Action Day session on sustainable health and development with Senator Saval! Senator Saval and other leaders will join us from 12-1:00pm to discuss Sustainable Health and Development throughout PA​.

Transformations: Reaching for “Energy Independence”

The Reality under the Mirage

PA IPL would like to announce Patricia DeMarco, Ph.D.’s “Transformations” blog post for Earth Day and International Workers Day. It is framed on “Energy Independence”.

The full article with data is linked below. Here are some short excerpts:

Even as the calls of alarm for the rapid pace of global warming become more urgent, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has become the latest excuse to defer the energy system transformation to a renewable base. As long as the U.S. participates in an international marketplace where the price of the commodity is determined by global geo-political forces, the concept of energy independence has no real meaning.

The political will to move the legal and regulatory infrastructure to support this goal has not been mobilized, even though most Americans see climate change as an important issue.  People fear the loss of jobs in the energy sector, without recognizing that the skills and capabilities of workers in this sector are readily transferable to the clean energy economy.

It is time to recognize the reality of our interdependence as human species to preserve the biodiversity of the planet and to restore the health of the ecosystems we depend on for our survival. Fresh water, clean air, and fertile ground support life on Earth as we know it. If we continue on this path, driven by greed and adherence to a fossil fueled economy, we will destroy ourselves, and all of the living Earth.

Read the full article here:
Reaching “Energy Independence” The Reality Under the Mirage

As we enter an election cycle this year, keep the existential crisis of climate change in mind.  Ask your candidates their position. Vote for our survival.
Live in harmony with nature

Patricia M. DeMarco, Ph.D.
www.patriciademarco.com
Author: “Pathways to Our Sustainable Future-  Global Perspective from Pittsburgh”

Caring for the Earth and our Community in Juniata Park

Climate Can’t Wait

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 5, 2022 – Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light (PA IPL) is launching a new relationship with Juniata Park Academy and the Juniata Park neighborhood. Following up on a day long series of presentations for Earth Day, PA IPL is holding a tree planting event this Thursday, May 5th at the Juniata Park Academy campus of the School District of Philadelphia. Together with residents of the neighborhood we are planting trees and relaunching the vegetable garden to increase the tree canopy and provide fresh air and vegetables to the community. At PA IPL we believe every day is earth day and arbor day and that we have a moral obligation to be stewards of creation and to mitigate the effects of climate change. All of Philadelphia’s residents deserve clean air, access to fresh food, and a safe environment.

The Juniata Park neighborhood, and several surrounding it in North Philadelphia, compose the city’s largest heat sink, an area where urban density, building materials, and a lack of green space or tree canopy result in extreme heat far greater than surrounding neighborhoods and other sections of the city. This is a result of historical inequities based upon redlining and subsequent lack of investments. The significant heat difference results in the increased use of air conditioning, higher electrical use, and higher bills in a region with many lower income households. In addition to the numerous health impacts of heat, summer heat has also been shown to relate to higher crime rates while the absence of sufficient green space contributes to water runoff and flooding, a constant and increasing threat to our region during severe weather events and hurricanes exacerbated by climate change.

As climate change continues to cause more extreme summer temperatures heat related emergencies and deaths will become more common if measures are not taken to mitigate their effect on the community. Previously PA IPL worked together with Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability, Esperanza, and other partners in the Hunting Park neighborhood on the Beat the Heat Project. This project focused on community listening sessions and the establishment of community cooling stations and kits.

Together with the community we are taking steps to mitigate the effects of extreme heat and climate change built into the inequities of our society. Together we hope to expand these efforts beyond the campus to serve the entire community because climate can’t wait for frontline communities like Juniata Park which are being most immediately, significantly, and directly affected by climate today.

Location: Juniata Park Academy: 801 E Hunting Park Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19124
Dates: May 5th 3:00 – 4:30PM
Our website www.paipl.us and social media

Now Available: Video of Philly IPL Chapter’s April 12th Program!

Can PGW Accelerate Philadelphia’s Clean Energy Transition?

The city-owned Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) acquires, stores, and distributes natural gas to churches, libraries, schools, industry, restaurants, other businesses, and residences in the city of Philadelphia. The gas is used for heating, hot water, cooking, and industrial processes. PGW employees install and repair the network of underground pipes that deliver gas to consumers. Methane, the primary component of natural gas, is a fossil fuel. When burned it produces CO2, the major greenhouse gas. When natural gas leaks along the way from well to consumer it contributes to global warming because methane itself is a significant greenhouse gas. Natural gas is a large part of Philadelphia’s carbon footprint.

In order to avoid ever worsening effects of climate change, the UN’s IPCC says we must cut in half our use of fossil fuels by 2030 and eliminate them entirely by 2050. What can and should be PGW’s response to this requirement? How do we wean Philadelphia from its natural gas addiction?

The discussion leader at our April PA IPL Philadelphia Chapter meeting is Mitch Chanin. Mitch is a long time Philadelphia climate activist. He was a leader in the opposition to SEPTA developing a gas-fired electric generating station in the Nicetown section of Philadelphia. Mitch is the co-chair of the Climate Justice Caucus at Reclaim Philadelphia and is also a member of Philly Thrive and Philly DSA. As a volunteer with POWER Interfaith, Mitch is a member of the PGW Just Transition campaign team and has presented testimony to the Philadelphia Gas Commission. We will be talking about the work that has gone on in this area and about the pros and cons of different options for reducing Philadelphia’s reliance on natural gas and encouraging the use of clean, renewable energy.

Sign up here if you would like to join the Philadelphia chapter of PA IPL!

Climate can’t wait. We need action now.

PRESIDENT BIDEN, HIS CABINET, AND All MEMBERS OF CONGRESS:

Climate can’t wait. People across the country want bold climate action to protect our common home.

We need bold action that supports families in our communities and addresses core moral concerns. This includes the most significant climate and clean energy investments EVER – that will create jobs and protect clean air and clean water for all.

We have a moral responsibility as a nation, and a sacred task as people of faith, to care for our climate and to leave a safe and thriving world for future generations. That’s why we need to pass the $550 billion in investments that will deliver on climate, justice, jobs, and clean energy.

Add your name to this petition.

¡El clima no puede esperar! ¡Necesitamos que se tome acción ahora!

PRESIDENTE BIDEN, SU GABINETE, Y TODOS LOS MIEMBROS DEL CONGRESO:

El clima no puede esperar. La gente de todo el país quiere acciones significativas a favor del clima para proteger nuestro hogar en común.

Necesitamos acciones contundentes que apoyen a las familias en nuestras comunidades y enfrenten las preocupaciones morales fundamentales y que sean las inversiones más significativas a favor del clima y de la energía limpia EN LA HISTORIA que crearán empleos y protegerán un aire y un agua limpios para todos.

Tenemos una responsabilidad moral como nación, y una tarea sagrada como personas de fe, de cuidad de nuestro clima y dejar un mundo seguro y próspero para las futuras generaciones. Es por esto por lo que necesitamos que se aprueben los $550 mil millones en inversiones por el clima, la justicia, los empleos y la energía limpia que protegerán de nuestra salud y de nuestro medioambiente.

Añade tu nombre a esta petición.