People’s Climate March (including a PA IPL bus from Philly)

Hundreds of thousands of people including many acting specifically as people of faith—will gather in New York City on Sunday, September 21 for the People’s Climate March.  By our presence, we will demand action on a meaningful treaty for a sustainable climate, delivering a powerful visual message at a critical time to delegates assembled at the United Nations, and to our nation at large.  People will come from all over the country, with many state IPLs represented.  EVEN IF YOU CAN’T BE THERE IN PERSON, you can sign this petition, which will also take you to an excellent pledge to action.

You can try to register for PA IPL’s same-day bus from Philadelphia, or if we’re full, put your name on the waiting list at the same signup page.    (Our list is now constantly in flux as we get cancellations and call folks on the waiting list, but if you’re on the list, you’ll get called in order!)      Mishkan Shalom is adding a second bus, which you can learn more about here. 350.org buses will leave from many states and regions.  Friends at the Thomas Merton Center in Pittsburgh are sending a bus from there.  Registration for the Pittsburgh bus over at the TMC page.[edited: those buses are all full, too!]

The Faith Contingent (from all over the country) is meeting at 58th between 8th and 9th.   Look for PA IPL banners in the crowd, and enjoy song and a variety of prayers.   Link to download a PDF of song lyrics people in the faith organizers list have suggested: PCM Song Sheet   (Avoid litter: use it on your device, or just sing along on the choruses!) Many, many, many faith traditions and denominations will have signs, too, if you want to try to find your own.  We can be on the lookout for you if you let us know you’re coming.

A few more details can be found online at http://peoplesclimate.org.

Climate Justice: Faith in Action *conference preview*

The video below gives you a chance to hear just a bit from each of our keynote speakers.  (The intro was necessary because it will play on DVD-equipped buses to the People’s Climate March on Saturday.)   Speaking of the march, EVERYONE can:

Are words better than video for you?  Click through to meet the panelists and learn everything  there is to know about our 2014 Conference.

Opening Service, National IPL Conference

IMG_0742This morning the national Interfaith Power & Light leaders’ conference (2 leaders from each of 40 state IPL affiliates) officially began with an opening service, led in part by PA IPL’s current Board president, Rabbi Daniel Swartz.

Join in by downloading a PDF of the service (2014 IPL Conf Interfaith Service), and continue the conversation by posting scripture, wisdom, hymns, prayers, or photos of your own in response over on our Facebook page.

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The project you see to the left is an ongoing project around the conference theme: Telling Continue reading Opening Service, National IPL Conference

COOL chants!

Since our “kickoff” was in State College, on a Temple-PSU game weekend, we had a small team of cheerleaders on the downtown streets in the couple of hours before kickoff.  The cheers (and pom-poms) were provided by Barbara Ballenger, and she has given me permission to share them here.  You may use them, too, but please credit Barb when you do.  High tosses, human pyramids, and back handsprings are optional, but attention-getting! (If you’re not sure it enhances the message, check out this 2 minute video of rapping climate scientists  — use the closed captions to catch the lyrics.)

Cricket’s elementary and middle-school daughters have been caught chanting several of these to themselves around the house in the last year.  Neither is interested in cheerleading normally…

Ready! OK!
I say … you say
·      I say Pennsyl, you say vania…
Pennsyl … vania; Pennsyl … vania
·      I say inter  you say faith
·      I say power and you say light….
·      Put it together and say it right – Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light
Climate Change Cadence 
I don’t know but I’ve been told (echo)
The North Pole isn’t very cold
The Polar bears are really steamed
Had to buy an ice machine
Sound off…1 2 
Sound off … 3 4 
Take it on down  1 2 3 4, 1 2 3-4




It’s hot in hell or so they say…
I’ll tell you how it got that way
Lucifer that blind old fool
Runs the place on fossil fuel
Sound off …


So do something and do it well …
Join the PA  IPL
Make your carbon footprint small
So there’s a little left for all
Sound off
Lean to the left…
Lean to the left lean to the right
Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light
People of faith come join the fight
Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light

Win one for the planet

Hey Pennsylvania!
The earth can’t take it.
Win one for the planet
Before we bake it.  (repeat)
It’s Hot

It’s hot, it’s hot, it’s hot out here
There’s green house gases in the atmosphere!
It’s not, it’s not, it’s not a lie
The temperature is on the rise.

It’s hot, it’s hot, it’s hot out here
Green house gases in the atmosphere
It’s not, its not, it’s not so nice
Antarctica is losing ice.

It’s hot, it’s hot, it’s hot out here
There’s green house gases in the atmosphere
It’s not, it’s not, it’s not a blast
Climate change will cook your … grass

I’m just saying … 
I’m just saying, I’m not lying
Mother Earth is really frying
We can’t let it end this way
Got to reverse climate change


Push it back, push it back 
Way back, way back  2x

I’m just saying, I’m not lying
Congress isn’t even trying
Who’ll run our economy
When we’re all floating in the sea?


Push it back, push it back 
Way back, way back …

Ain’t no Power
Ain’t no power like the power of the people
Cause the power of the people don’t stop! uh!
Ain’t no power like the power of the sun
Cause the power of the sun don’t stop! uh!
Ain’t no power like the power of the wind
Cause the power of the wind don’t stop! uh!

One Year

Here at PA IPL we are preparing for our 1-year anniversary.  To celebrate, Barb Ballenger has given us permission to share her delightful song lyrics from our big Kickoff weekend in 2010.  Please feel free to use them, but, of course, credit where credit is due.  Look for her cheers next week…

The Climate is a-Changing

(To the tune of The Times They are a-Changing, By Bob Dylan)
Come gather round people wherever you roam    
And admit that the sea levels you have grown.
And accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone
If the planet to you is worth saving.
You better start swimming or you’ll sink like a stone,
Cause the climate is a-changing.
Come scientists, pragmatists, beautiful minds
And add up the numbers a couple more times
While Congress ignores all the obvious signs
That we can’t win the game we’ve been playing.
Cause the temperature’s rising along with tides
And the climate is a changing
Come all you deniers and stand on the on the shore
Of an island that soon won’t be there anymore
And try to believe it’s a stunt by Al Gore
To make all the wealthy start paying.
Tell me how do things look from the new ocean floor?
Cause the climate is a changing
Come people of prayer and people of faith
Tell me how will you look own God in the face
When asked why we made such a mess of the place?
Did you stand like a prophet a raging,
Or did you step on the gas just to keep up the pace?
While the climate was a -changing?
Come mothers and fathers from throughout the land
Tell me what did you help your kids to understand
About the true cost of the purchase at hand?
Did you teach them the earth is worth saving?
Do they realize things won’t work out like they planned
If the climate keeps a-changing?
Now people of conscience and people of creed
Who cannot ignore how the earth cries with need
And who see what’s connected to all of this greed
It’s time that we began engaging
With people who long to reverse the degree
Of the climate that is changing.
The Cycle Round  — this one is great for a bike-to-worship celebration!
(sung to the tune of “Don’t throw your trash in my backyard”)
I. Don’t park your car in my driveway, my driveway, my driveway, don’t park your car in my driveway, my driveway’s full.
II. With one bicycle, two bicycles, three bicycles, four bicycles, fives bicycles, six bicycles and one built for two.
III.  Idling in traffic jams, traffic jams, traffic jams

Idling in traffic jams won’t get you very far. 


The Little Light of Mine
·       This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine …
·       Don’t need no ‘lectricity, I’m gonna let it shine…
·       To shed some light on climate change, I’m gonna
·       To build a world we can sustain, I’m gonna …
·       Put it under a bushel? No! I’m gonna let it shine
·       Ain’t no one gonna “poof” it out….
Sowing on the Mountain
(Guy Carawan, George Tucker)
Sowing on the mountain, reaping in the valley
Sowing on the mountain, reaping in the valley
Sowing on the mountain, reaping in the valley
You’re gonna reap, just what you sow.
Look at what their greed has done to our mountains…
You’re gonna reap, just what you sow.
Look at what their oil has done to our ocean.
You’re gonna reap, just what you sow.
Look at what our factories have done to our atmosphere…
You’re gonna reap, just what you sow.
Things are gonna change cause
There’s power in the people… 
You’re gonna reap, just what you sow.  
 The Garden Song

(Dave Mallet, Pete Seeger)

 

Inch by inch, row by row / gonna make my garden grow. /All it takes is rake and a hoe and a piece of fertile ground. Inch by inch, row, by row/ someone bless the seeds I sow. Someone warm them from below till the rain comes tumbling down.
Pulling weeds and picking stones/ We are made of dreams and bones. Need a place to call my own for the time is near at thand. Grain for grain, sun and rain, find a way trough nature’s chain
From my body and my brain to the music of the land.
Plant your rows straight and long.  Temper them with prayers and song. Mother earth will make you strong if you give her loving care. And old crow watching hungrily from his perch in yonder tree. In my garden I’m as free as that feathered thief up there.

 


For the Beauty of the Earth
(FS Pierpoint and Conrad Kocher)
For the beauty of the earth, for the beauty of the sky
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies
God of all to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.
For the wonder of each hour
Of the day and of the night.
Hill and vale and tree and flower
Sun and moon and stars of night
God of all to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.
For the joy of human love
Brother, sister, parent, child
Friends on earth and friends above
For all gentle thoughts and mild
God of all to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.
For each perfect gift of thine
To our race so freely given
For thy constant love divine
Peace on earth and joy in heaven
God of all to thee we raise 
This our hymn of grateful praise.