Join IPL’s Faith Climate Voter Text Bank

Voting is a pivotal and sacred duty you have not only to uphold for yourself but also for your community. Elections are a reflection on the values that will shape our future. However, many Americans of faith and conscience are unlikely to vote in the midterm elections this November. You have the power to help change that! How? By reaching out to people where they are–on their cellphones via text message.

Each text is sent by a volunteer like you from our easy-to-use online system, not your own phone or phone number. All you need is a computer and an Internet connection.

We will quickly train you on how to connect with potential voters using pre-written messages in a text bank event on Zoom.

Sending text messages to voters works. In 2020, Interfaith Power & Light volunteers like you texted more than 235,000 infrequent voters of faith and your outreach increased voter turnout by 1.7% — three times more effective than benchmark campaigns!

Their voices matter, and with your help they can make themselves heard.

Sign up to join a text bank.

It’s National Voter Registration Day!

Are You Registered to Vote?

It’s National Voter Registration Day! Today is a national day of action to increase participation in our democracy.

As part of our Faith Climate Justice Voter Campaign, we partnered with When We All Vote to provide us with our own voter registration portal that allows people to check their voter registration status or register to vote.

Join Interfaith Power & Light and participate by checking your voter registration status or registering to vote.

Why check if you’re an experienced voter? Well, a lot has happened since the last election. Some have moved, changed their name, turned 18, or attained citizenship. Individuals who were previously incarcerated may now be eligible to vote. And it’s possible some of us may have been “purged” from the voting rolls. Now is the time to find out!

Take just a few minutes now to check your voter registration status.

As the world continues to reel from climate disasters, from Pakistan to Puerto Rico to California, we hope there will be historic numbers of people voting with climate in mind this year.

You can help the campaign by texting or emailing weall.vote/ipl to three friends or family members asking them to check their voter registration status too.

Our right to vote is sacred, a privilege, and an obligation. When we all vote, society will better reflect our shared values.

This year so much is at stake. The results could have enormous repercussions on how we care for Creation and whether we deliver climate justice for our most vulnerable neighbors.

Please make sure you are ready to participate.

Also, don’t forget to pledge to be a Faith Climate Justice Voter!

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.

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.

Climate Can’t Wait: Add your name to the petition to Biden

If you are not a faith leader you can add your name to our petition to President Biden calling on him to keep his promise to take meaningful action on climate, justice, and clean energy.

The Build Back Better Act includes the most significant climate and clean energy investments ever- and it will create jobs and protect clean air and clean water for all. We need to pass the most comprehensive version of the Build Back Better Act possible, including the $550 billion in investments that will deliver on climate, justice, jobs, and clean energy.

Our climate, our communities, and our faith compel us to call for bold and just action. We have a moral responsibility as a nation, and a sacred task as people of faith and conscience, to care for our climate and to leave a safe and thriving world for future generations.

Thank you for helping encourage bold climate action for our neighbors and our common home.

Faith Leader Letter to Biden, Schumer, and the Senate

Climate cannot wait. Lives are at stake and your voice matters. Every day of inaction costs us dearly. Many of our communities have experienced the severe impacts of climate change: wildfires, superstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and increasingly intense weather phenomena that cause damage, injury, and loss of life. We are running out of time to avoid even more serious consequences. 

SIGN and help circulate this faith leader letter to President Biden, Leader Schumer, and the full Senate calling for action on Build Back Better. We are asking for leaders of faith-based organizations and denominations to sign on by February 11th and will deliver it to the White House and Senate on Valentine’s Day.