My name is Pat Lupo, I‘m a Benedictine Sister from Erie. I believe that Faith Communities are called to demonstrate their commitment to environmental action and to do it in partnership with environmental organizations, local communities, and civic and government entities.
PA IPL board president Rabbi Daniel Swartz was one of many leaders, from several different faiths, who spoke as part of a full day calling for a “moral-torium” on new fracking in Pennsylvania. His remarks were delivered in the Capitol Rotunda.
This is perfect setting for talking about a moral framework for our relation to our planet and to each other. On the steps into the capitol, we see two depictions of Adam and Eve – one where they are in harmony with the garden and life is full of blessing, and one of conflict, leading to tragedy. On the floor surrounding us are mosaic depictions of butterflies and blue herons, snapping turtles and loons – feathered ones that is. And above, the quote: Justice is the end of government.
A coalition of faith community groups and leaders is joining to work toward a MORALtorium on new drilling in Pennsylvania.
9:00 Lobby Training at Grace UMC
10:15 inter-religious service of hope and courage at Grace United Methodist Church
11:00 Rally and Press conference in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building
12:00 – 4:00 Meet in pairs with legislators (make an appointment by calling yours and asking for one!)
The PA IPL board is pleased to share its first resolution, urging policymakers to stop investing in fossil fuel infrastructure as a sign that we now clearly know that the use of fossil fuels does harm. We know we must begin to transition, and our infrastructure investments should reflect that understanding.
The board anticipates forthcoming documents providing deeper faith grounding and a second resolution calling for building TOWARD a just, sustainable, clean-energy future.
Interfaith Power & Light released comments on the EPA’s announcement of proposed methane emission limits from oil and gas operations yesterday. PA IPL’s own Rabbi Daniel Swartz was one of three faith leaders quoted. See the full release: Methane-press-release.IPL and click through for video of leaks.
Faith Community Supports EPA’s Proposed Methane Pollution Standards Religious leaders applaud move to protect public health
SAN FRANCISCO – Faith leaders from around the country voiced strong support today as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the first-ever proposed rules to regulate methane emissions from oil and gas sites. As a toxic pollutant and potent greenhouse gas able to trap 80 times as much heat over a 20-year period as carbon dioxide, faith groups have identified methane pollution as a serous public health risk in need of regulation.