Community Health, Climate, and the Failure to Act: Local Health Solutions to Pollutions

July 15, 2022

Philadelphia, PA – Last month the Supreme Court sided with coal companies and their allies, limiting the EPA from setting the kind of highly-effective standards we need. There is still room, however, for the EPA to exercise its authority – and duty – to cut climate pollution.

Today Senator Manchin of West Virginia again dealt a blow to the hope for sufficient let alone substantial and dire investments in mitigating climate change, protecting our environment, and ensuring the health of our communities. Combined with the decision by the Supreme Court to limit the EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon pollution from power plants the government is hamstring in its efforts to fight climate change. This means local solutions are more important than ever. We need local leaders today to do everything they can to help our communities suffering from cancer, respiratory illness, and many other effects from pollutants we can control. We can do better. We must do better.

On Thursday, July 21 at 2:00pm, Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light will hold a “Health Solutions to Pollution” Rally outside the EPA’s Philadelphia Office 1650 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Confirmed attendees include Philadelphia Council Member Helen GymRussell Zerbo of the Clean Air Council, and Physicians for Social Responsibility.

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. 

Who: Councilwoman Helen Gym, Russel Zerbo, the Clean Air Council, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light

What: Rally in support of the Community Health Act and climate investments in the reconciliation bill. 

Where: EPA Region 3 Office (1650 Arch Street Philadelphia)

When: 7/21/2022 from 2PM to 4PM

Interested reporters should RSVP to David Heayn-Menendez – info@paipl.org.


About Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light:
Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light inspires and mobilizes people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action on climate change. PA IPL is the Pennsylvania affiliate of Interfaith Power & Light, a national religious response to the threat of climate change. We see climate change as a moral issue, one that demands a response from people of faith.

Lobbying Meeting with State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta

Please join us on Wednesday, July 13 at 11:00am for a lobbying meeting with State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta.

A training will be held an hour prior to the call on July 13th from 10:00 – 11:00am.

We will be meeting with State Rep. Kenyatta to discuss his support for big, bold investments in renewable energy, clean vehicles, environmental justice, and climate resilience by passing climate and clean energy investments in the State. These investments will go a long way toward protecting our climate and rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure to meet the demands of a 21st century economy. It will also invest in rebuilding communities that have borne the brunt of pollution for too long.

Register here and we look forward to your participation!

Lobbying Meeting with State Representative Dan Miller

Please join us on Tuesday, July 12 at 11:00am for a lobbying meeting with State Representative Dan Miller.

A training will be held an hour prior to the call on July 12th from 10:00am – 11:00am.

We will be meeting with State Rep. Miller to discuss his role in the climate caucus and funding local public transportation to help get cars off the road and relieve the poor air quality in his district. We will also discuss solar advocacy priorities, such as enabling community solar with HB 1555, updating our solar goals with HB 1080/SB501, or stopping homeowners associations from blocking solar with SB 826/HB 1996. More information and the bill can be found here: Protect your right to go solar in Pennsylvania | Solar United Neighbors.

Register here and we look forward to your participation!

Lobbying Meeting with State Representative Rick Krajewski

Please join us on Wednesday, July 6 at 10:00am for a lobbying meeting with State Representative Rick Krajewski.

A training will be held prior to the call on July 6th from 9:00 – 10:00am.

We will be meeting with State Rep. Krajewski to discuss his sustainability plans and views, As well as his support for big, bold investments in renewable energy, clean vehicles, environmental justice, and climate resilience by passing climate and clean energy investments in the State. These investments will go a long way toward protecting our climate and rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure to meet the demands of a 21st century economy.

Register here and we look forward to your participation!

Upcoming Lobbying Meetings

July 6th: State Representative Rick Krajewski

Register here to join PA IPL’s virtual lobbying meeting with State Representative Krajewski! On Wednesday, July 6 we will begin with a virtual lobbying training session from 9:00-10:00am and then we will meet with State Representative Krajewski from 10:00-10:30am.


July 12th: State Representative Dan Miller

Register here to join PA IPL’s virtual lobbying meeting with State Representative Miller! On Tuesday, July 12 we will begin with a virtual lobbying training session from 10:00-11:00am and then we will meet with State Representative Miller from 11:00am-11:30am.


July 13th: State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta

Register here to join PA IPL’s virtual lobbying meeting with State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta! On Wednesday, July 13 we will begin with a virtual lobbying training session from 10:00-11:00am and then we will meet with State Representative Kenyatta from 11:00-11:30am.


August 2nd: Council Member Kendra Brooks

Register here to join PA IPL’s virtual lobbying meeting with Council Member Brooks! On Tuesday, August 2 we will begin with a virtual lobbying training session from 9:00-10:00am and then we will meet with Council Member Brooks from 10:00-10:30am.

Pennsylvania Climate Convergence 2022

PA IPL is proud to be partnering with 65 environmental organizations to launch the Pennsylvania Climate Convergence 2022. We invite all PA IPL members to join us on Saturday, June 11th, through Monday, June 13th, at Riverfront Park, Harrisburg, and encourage our governor, lawmakers & regulators to revise the rhetoric and address climate change issues.

Pick one day or come for all three! There will be events for people of all ages and interests!

Reduce your carbon footprint by riding with a group. There are buses available from SW PA (Gateway Schools Campus or New Stanton Interchange) & SE PA (Philadelphia & Chester) to Harrisburg. The $5 cost is generously subsidized by environmental partner groups. If you register but do not ride, you will be charged $45. Email info@pennsylvaniaclimateconvergence.org to register.