Now Available: Video of NEPA IPL Chapter’s May 26th Program

An Interfaith Coalition on the Environment and Climate

On Thursday, May 26th at 12:00pm the Northeast PA Chapter of PA IPL held a lunch meeting to 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

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

Tell your Senators Climate Can’t Wait!

Please take a moment to write to your Senators. Below is the template email to your members of Congress. Feel free to edit the letter on the next page before you send it, personalized letters are more effective.

Dear Senator,
As a person of faith and conscience, I believe that leaving a safe and thriving world to the next generation is a moral imperative. Climate change threatens the very life support systems that the planet provides. The issue could not be more urgent and we must invest now to shift off of fossil fuels and move rapidly to a clean energy economy.
I urge you to support big, bold investments in renewable energy, clean vehicles, environmental justice, and climate resilience by passing climate and clean energy investments through reconciliation. 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.
Congress has a historic opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Americans for generations to come. Please support the important climate elements of the budget reconciliation bill that will protect our world and secure a more just and prosperous future for all people.
Sincerely,
[Your Name]

Let’s raise our collective voices and ensure our elected leaders get the $550 billion in climate and clean energy investments across the finish line. Email your senators and urge them to #GetClimateDone.

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.

Now Available: Video of March 16 Meeting in Partnership with JEA!

Leveraging Federal Funds for More Environmental Sustainability Efforts with PA IPL & JEA

This meeting, recorded Wednesday, March 16, 2022, was part of PA IPL’s ongoing partnership with Jewish Earth Alliance (JEA).

TOPIC:
Leveraging Federal Funds for More Environmental Sustainability Efforts with PA IPL & JEA

This joint session with JEA focuses on how to convince decision makers at all levels to leverage Federal funds for more environmental sustainability efforts.

Brian LaShier from Union of Concerned Scientists, the Senior Washington Representative for the UCS Climate & Energy Program, is our content speaker.

Pennsylvania is getting federal dollars from the Rescue and Infrastructure bills. Some of it, like EV charging stations or cleaning up abandoned oil drills, are obviously good for the environment. But there are other funds that could be used for environmental sustainability efforts or programs depending on how the rules or proposals get developed.

This session is intended for concerned citizens who are willing to speak to their local and state officials, and decision and policy makers of all kinds who apply for government grants.


JEA provides ongoing training and templates for monthly letter writing campaigns to local, state, and federal officials. The meetings provide a template, information, and guidance for all those who are interested in amplifying the message of Climate Justice.

Once you learn how easy Jewish Earth Alliance makes it, through their background information and template letter, for everyone to write letters to their federal officials, we hope you will write to your members of Congress now and for the next few months.

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.

Leveraging Federal Funds for More Environmental Sustainability Efforts with PA IPL & JEA

Join us Wednesday, March 16 at 7:00pm for a meeting as part of PA IPL‘s ongoing partnership with Jewish Earth Alliance (JEA).

TOPIC:
Leveraging Federal Funds for More Environmental Sustainability Efforts

Our next joint session with Jewish Earth Alliance will focus on how to convince decision makers at all levels to leverage Federal funds for more environmental sustainability efforts.

Brian LaShier from Union of Concerned Scientists, the Senior Washington Representative for the UCS Climate & Energy Program, will be our content speaker. The inspirational speaker is TBA.

Pennsylvania is getting federal dollars from the Rescue and Infrastructure bills. Some of it, like EV charging stations or cleaning up abandoned oil drills, are obviously good for the environment. But there are other funds that could be used for environmental sustainability efforts or programs depending on how the rules or proposals get developed.

This session is intended for concerned citizens who are willing to speak to their local and state officials, and decision and policy makers of all kinds who apply for government grants.

Register here for this event and receive an email providing the Zoom link for the meeting.


JEA provides ongoing training and templates for monthly letter writing campaigns to local, state, and federal officials. The meetings provide a template, information, and guidance for all those who are interested in amplifying the message of Climate Justice.

Once you learn how easy Jewish Earth Alliance makes it, through their background information and template letter, for everyone to write letters to their federal officials, we hope you will write to your members of Congress now and for the next few months.