NEPA IPL Chapter Meeting – May 2022

Please join us for our first NEPA IPL Chapter Meeting taking place on Thursday, May 26th at 12:00pm!

An Interfaith Coalition on the Environment and Climate

Join PAIPL-NEPA Chapter for a lunch meeting online! Get to know others interested in their faith and the environment and begin a conversation about how we can come together to:

    • honor both the beauty of NEPA and the need to address its environmental challenges
    • be part of spiritually and ecologically informed local solutions
    • learn how our faith communities can be exemplars in the region in renewable energy practices, sustainable/regenerative lifestyles, and living in love with Earth

Register here to attend the NEPA IPL Meeting!

We will automatically send you a zoom link after you register.

Sign up here if you would like to join the NEPA IPL Chapter.

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.
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 and social media

Climate can’t wait. We need action now.

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.

President Biden must keep his promise to take meaningful action on climate. He must do all he can to pass the $550 billion in investments that will deliver on climate, justice, jobs, and clean energy and protect our health and environment.

Time is running out. We demand climate action. Tell President Biden to continue making climate change a priority.

Sign on to this petition from the Save Our Environment Action Center.

Building Climate Resilience in Our Own Communities with PA IPL & JEA

Join us Wednesday, January 19 at 7:00pm for a meeting as part of PA IPL‘s ongoing partnership with Jewish Earth Alliance (JEA).
Our inspirational spiritual remarks will be given by Donna Kochirka.
Next we will have brief presentations on models to illustrate how our communities and land can become more climate resilient:
·  Urban and rural tree planting efforts by the PA IPL by Mark Smith and Greg Williams
·  A new nonprofit organization that focuses on local sourcing of materials and building local self-reliance by Judy Wicks
·  An initiative in Pittsburgh to install solar panels on front line homes through the Open Ministries.
Then we will have Q & A and participants can share what they are doing as individuals or congregations to make our communities more climate resilient.
This will be a fascinating and uplifting program and should inspire Green Teams within congregations and communities to include new projects.
Register here for this event.

What Climate Solutions We Have Achieved with PA IPL & JEA

Part of PA IPL’s Ongoing Partnership with Jewish Earth Alliance

What Climate Solutions We Have Achieved Globally, Nationally, and Within Pennsylvania

*  International and national updates from Jonathan Lacock-Nisly, Director of Faithful Advocacy for Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA);

*  Pennsylvania updates from Flora Cardoni, Field Director for PennEnvironment; and
*  Spiritual offering by Marci Wilf, Middot/character instructor, speaking on gratitude.

Register here for this event.

We hope to see you then, and in the meantime we encourage everyone to write thank you notes to Casey and their representative if they voted for BBB/infrastructure. We will be writing letters in the meeting as well. If you need help on how to call or email them and what to say, please contact Phyllis for assistance.

Jewish Earth Alliance and PA Interfaith Power & Light are co-sponsoring this informational and motivational meeting on Wednesday, November 17 at 7:00pm.