Environmental Justice and Human Resilience: PA IPL 2022 Annual Conference

Join PA IPL for our 2022 Annual Conference: Environmental Justice and Human Resilience.

The Conference this year has an Environmental Justice theme and will be live and in-person. There will be two workshops each in four regions of PA: Philadelphia (Southeastern PA), Scranton (Northeastern PA), Lancaster (Central PA), and Pittsburgh (Western PA).

While the Conference will take place on Sunday, November 13 from 1:00 – 4:15pm, the Keynote Address by Dr. Joylette Portlock, Executive Director of Sustainable Pittsburgh, will be recorded and attendees will be able to access the video at their leisure after it’s over.


PA IPL’s 2022 Annual Conference Environmental Justice and Human Resilience will open with a virtual keynote address & response panel session broadcast across PA, which will be followed by two workshops in each of our four in-person locations: Philadelphia (SE PA), Scranton (NE PA), Lancaster (Central PA), and Pittsburgh (SW PA). There will be breaks, with refreshments, between the sessions at the in-person locations.

The Keynote Session, 1:00 – 1:50pm, will feature Dr. Joylette Portlock, Executive Director of Sustainable Pittsburgh, as our keynote speaker. We are currently confirming two panelists, one from the Philadelphia region, and one from either the Scranton or Lancaster regions, to respond to Dr. Portlock’s address. The three speakers, together, will respond to questions from the audience after their individual presentations.

Workshop Session 1, 2:00 – 2:50pm, and Workshop Session 2, 3:00 – 3:50pm, will occur at each in-person location and will feature expert speakers from the particular region on relevant regional topics. The topics we will explore include:

    • Faith & Secular Community Organization Response to Environmental Justice: Successes & Challenges
    • Creation Care: Native Species, Watershed Protection, & Land Conservation
    • Climate Change Strategies at the Local & National Level: How to Make Each Opportunity More Effective & How Our Faith Can Bridge the Political Divide

A Reflection and short Refreshment Session will close the Annual Conference between 3:50pm – 4:15pm at each in-person location.

REGISTER TODAY!

PA IPL Staff & Board Members look forward to connecting with you virtually or after the Workshops in your region on Sunday, November 13th.

Climate Disinformation and How We Can Counter It with PA IPL & JEA

Join us Wednesday, October 19 at 7:00pm for a meeting as part of PA IPL‘s ongoing partnership with Jewish Earth Alliance (JEA).

TOPIC:
Climate Disinformation and How We Can Counter It

SPEAKER:
Jacob Roche, Senior Outreach Coordinator for the Union of Concerned Scientists

Inspirational speaker: TBD

Misleading information on global warming can usually be traced directly to special interests.

The energy business is one of the largest industries in the world. Major fossil fuel companies routinely make billion-dollar profits, extracting and distributing oil, gas, and coal. Unfortunately, fossil fuels produce carbon dioxide (CO2) when burnt—and CO2 is the main driver of climate change.

Instead of acknowledging the harmful effects of their products and committing to swift and deep reductions in global warming emissions, many of the world’s largest fossil fuel companies have knowingly deceived the public about the climate science and policy—and they continue to do so today.


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.

There is no fee for this program; your donations help us keep doing the work.

Now Available: Video of September 21 Meeting in Partnership with JEA!

The Connection Between Climate and Voting with PA IPL & JEA

This meeting, recorded Wednesday, September 21, 2022, is part of PA IPL’s ongoing partnership with Jewish Earth Alliance (JEA).

TOPIC:
The Connection Between Climate and Voting

SPEAKER:
Phyllis Blumberg, PA organizer for the JEA and Board member at PA IPL

This joint session with JEA focuses on how voting is the most essential way Americans can express their concerns and opinions. Citizens concerned about climate change need to be consistently voting in every election, and voting for candidates who will work to address climate change.


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.

The Connection Between Climate and Voting with PA IPL & JEA

Join us Wednesday, September 21 at 7:00pm for a meeting as part of PA IPL‘s ongoing partnership with Jewish Earth Alliance (JEA).

TOPIC:
The Connection Between Climate and Voting

SPEAKER:
Phyllis Blumberg, PA organizer for the Jewish Earth Alliance and Board member at PA IPL

Inspirational speaker: TBD

Voting is the most essential way Americans can express their concerns and opinions. Citizens concerned about climate change need to be consistently voting in every election, and voting for candidates who will work to address climate change.


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.

There is no fee for this program; your donations help us keep doing the work.

Now Available: Video of August’s PA IPL Statewide Summer Film Series

Discussion with Kirsi Jansa about “The Sustainability Pioneers”

PA IPL Statewide Summer Film Series – August 2022 – Discussion with Kirsi Jansa about “The Sustainability Pioneers”

PA IPL is offering our summer film series for the second year in a row! This August we viewed The Sustainability Pioneers, a series of short documentaries focusing on the achievable transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy & sustainable living. Artist & visual storyteller, Kirsi Jansa, offers her films free of charge on her website. Kirsi joined us for a discussion of her films on Monday, August 29th from 7:00-8:30pm.


Kirsi believes in “Pausing. Bearing Witness. Connecting for Good.” From her website:

Kirsi Jansa has been practicing compassion-based awareness and openness with Tara Rokpa Therapy for almost 20 years. She is a certified Healing Relaxation course leader and offers relaxation courses and workshops. She is inspired by the work of Joanna Macy and has studied facilitation with Work That Reconnects network and Active Hope non-profit.

Kirsi is a visual storyteller by craft and passion. A native Finn, Kirsi worked for the Finnish Broadcasting Company as a tv-reporter focusing on environment and health from the early 1990’s until moving to the US and Pennsylvania in 2008. In Pittsburgh, she started exploring energy, environmental health, and climate solutions in her short documentary series Gas Rush Stories and Sustainability Pioneers. In 2016, Kirsi and her climateering colleagues co-founded Creatives for Climate collective with an intention to spark social change by sparking community dialogue around climate emergency.


There is no fee for this program, but a suggested $5 donation will help us keep doing this work.

PA IPL 2022 Summer Film Series – August – Discussion with Kirsi Jansa about “The Sustainability Pioneers”

PA IPL is offering our summer film series for the second year in a row! Please join us this August in viewing The Sustainability Pioneers, a series of short documentaries focusing on the achievable transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy & sustainable living. Artist & visual storyteller, Kirsi Jansa, offers her films free of charge on her website. Kirsi will join us for a discussion of her films on Monday, August 29th from 7:00-8:30pm.

Register Here!


Kirsi believes in “Pausing. Bearing Witness. Connecting for Good.” From her website:

Kirsi Jansa has been practicing compassion-based awareness and openness with Tara Rokpa Therapy for almost 20 years. She is a certified Healing Relaxation course leader and offers relaxation courses and workshops. She is inspired by the work of Joanna Macy and has studied facilitation with Work That Reconnects network and Active Hope non-profit.

Kirsi is a visual storyteller by craft and passion. A native Finn, Kirsi worked for the Finnish Broadcasting Company as a tv-reporter focusing on environment and health from the early 1990’s until moving to the US and Pennsylvania in 2008. In Pittsburgh, she started exploring energy, environmental health, and climate solutions in her short documentary series Gas Rush Stories and Sustainability Pioneers. In 2016, Kirsi and her climateering colleagues co-founded Creatives for Climate collective with an intention to spark social change by sparking community dialogue around climate emergency.


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

We look forward to welcoming you on Monday, August 29th at 7:00pm via Zoom!


There is no fee for this program, but a suggested $5 donation will help us keep doing this work.