Press Conference: Sister Donna

Sister Donna blesses new bioswale
Sister Donna blesses new bioswale

Prior to delivering her testimony at the EPA hearing, Sister Donna Zwigart participated in a press conference with several others.  

My name is Sister Donna Zwigart, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities whose WPA regional house is in Millvale, PA.

I want to thank you, our media representatives for taking time to hear us today as we Continue reading Press Conference: Sister Donna

Methane Testimony: Joy Bergey

JoyBergeyMy name is Joy Bergey, and I speak in my role as Director of the Environmental Justice Center of Chestnut Hill United Church. Based in Philadelphia, the Center is an inter-religious program working with congregations and individuals to address problems of environmental injustice.

The Environmental Justice Center thanks the EPA for proposing this rule. We urge that it be implemented quickly and not weakened in any way. In fact, we urge that it be strengthened.

I traveled to Pittsburgh from the city that just hosted His Holiness Pope Francis over the weekend.

Given the deeply inspiring message of the Pope, can there be doubt in anyone’s mind at this point that taking strong national action to limit climate change pollution is an urgent moral imperative?

Every major faith tradition calls on its followers to protect those at the margins of society who cannot defend themselves: the young, the old, the sick, the poor. And it is exactly these persons who are being hurt first and worst by climate change.

With no national standards in place to address methane from oil and gas wells, and with the Continue reading Methane Testimony: Joy Bergey

Methane Testimony: Rev. Amy Reumann

 

amyMy name is Pastor Amy Reumann and I am the director of Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania (LAMPa). LAMPa serves the 1300 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregations in the Commonwealth through shaping faith-rooted advocacy on issues that impact the health and well-being of our neighbors. Thank you for the opportunity to speak today in support of the proposed methane emissions reductions and to underscore the urgency of their implementation on behalf of God’s creation and for the common good.

As Lutheran Christians, we understand that we are called to protect the earth and to Continue reading Methane Testimony: Rev. Amy Reumann

Methane testimony: Rev. Paul Lubold

IMG_1866Rev. Lubold delivered this testimony at the EPA hearings in Pittsburgh on September 29, one of 3 hearings across country about proposed limits for methane emissions from new (not yet built) oil and gas operations only.

As a leader in the Christian faith community, I want to thank the EPA for proposing to limit methane pollution.

Along with the 400,000+ people who gathered last year in New York City, I believe that we are not only experiencing global climate change, but that it is largely a result of our actions (or inaction). Climate Change has life-threatening consequences. The melting polar ice-cap, and rising sea levels are just the “tip of the iceberg,” if you’ll pardon my choice of words.

Limiting methane pollution is a positive step toward controlling an environmental and public health problem. I’m here to urge the EPA to act on the new Methane Pollution Standard. Continue reading Methane testimony: Rev. Paul Lubold

Methane testimony: Sister Donna Zwigart

Sister Donna delivered this testimony at the EPA hearings in Pittsburgh on September 29, one of 3 hearings across country about proposed limits for methane emissions from new (not yet built) oil and gas operations only.

My name is Sister Donna Zwigart, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities whose WPA regional house is in Millvale, PA

I wish to thank you for this opportunity to speak on the proposed legislation on methane emissions and their effect ont he citizens of Pittsburgh, especially the most vulneralbe who suffer from this pollutant in our atmosphere.

A few days ago we heard from Pope Francis and previously in his encyclical, Laudato Si this wise man’s concern for our planet “the Earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor.”  (Laudato Si §2) As a Franciscan, a follower of St. Continue reading Methane testimony: Sister Donna Zwigart