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​.

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 March 8th Program!

Philadelphia’s Community Health Act Will Address Environmental Injustice

Any plans to address climate change and shift our economy to clean energy must consider the impacts that burning fossil fuels and production of other industrial pollutants have had on the health and well-being of Philadelphians. Policies must redress this environmental injustice. The March meeting of PA IPL’s Philadelphia Chapter addresses this topic. Our guest, Andres Celin, Outreach Director for City Councilmember Helen Gym, discusses the proposed Community Health Act and the impact it could have addressing pollution and health threats in urban communities.

Andres Celin Bio:
Andres Celin has spent a decade working in education, youth development, social services, and community organizing in the Latino community in North Philadelphia. He is currently the Outreach Director for City Councilmember Helen Gym and is a Certified Trauma-informed Trainer/Practitioner with Lakeside Global Institute. Prior to his current role, Andres was the Lead Organizer at Youth United for Change, where he worked to develop the political leadership of young people in Kensington. He has a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Haverford College, and a Master in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

Community Health Act Description:
Councilmember Gym has introduced legislation aimed at redressing the environmental injustices suffered by Black and Brown communities historically overburdened by pollution. The Community Health Act would require the identification and mapping of ‘environmental justice communities’ based on past, present, and future pollution, environmental stressors, health vulnerabilities, and demographic factors. Any permits for industrial use in or near these communities would require the City to conduct a “cumulative impact assessment” that looks at the actual impact of pollution in context before granting an approval — and empower the City to require mitigating steps to prevent harm.

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The Philadelphia chapter of PA IPL is very active. Chapter volunteers plan workshops, services, and work in coalition with many other groups bringing faith voices to climate justice and clean energy transition efforts, and they bring climate justice voices to faith work. Their monthly meetings are on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM, and are open to everyone. Particular meetings may focus either on planning or on a particular program.

Philadelphia PA IPL Local Chapter Meeting – March 2022

This month’s meeting will be held on March 8th:
Philadelphia’s Community Health Act Will Address Environmental Injustice
REGISTER HERE

Any plans to address climate change and shift our economy to clean energy must consider the impacts that burning fossil fuels and production of other industrial pollutants have had on the health and well-being of Philadelphians. Policies must redress this environmental injustice. The March meeting of PA IPL’s Philadelphia Chapter will address this topic. Our guest, Andres Celin, Outreach Director for City Councilmember Helen Gym, will discuss the proposed Community Health Act and the impact it could have addressing pollution and health threats in urban communities. Please join us for this timely and important discussion.

Andres Celin Bio:
Andres Celin has spent a decade working in education, youth development, social services, and community organizing in the Latino community in North Philadelphia. He is currently the Outreach Director for City Councilmember Helen Gym and is a Certified Trauma-informed Trainer/Practitioner with Lakeside Global Institute. Prior to his current role, Andres was the Lead Organizer at Youth United for Change, where he worked to develop the political leadership of young people in Kensington. He has a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Haverford College, and a Master in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

Community Health Act Description:
Councilmember Gym has introduced legislation aimed at redressing the environmental injustices suffered by Black and Brown communities historically overburdened by pollution. The Community Health Act would require the identification and mapping of ‘environmental justice communities’ based on past, present, and future pollution, environmental stressors, health vulnerabilities, and demographic factors.  Any permits for industrial use in or near these communities would require the City to conduct a “cumulative impact assessment” that looks at the actual impact of pollution in context before granting an approval — and empower the City to require mitigating steps to prevent harm.


The Philadelphia chapter of PA IPL is very active. Chapter volunteers plan workshops, services, and work in coalition with many other groups bringing faith voices to climate justice and clean energy transition efforts, and they bring climate justice voices to faith work. Their monthly meetings are on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM, and are open to everyone. Particular meetings may focus either on planning or on a particular program.