Now Available: Video of January 18 Meeting in Partnership with JEA!

Bankrolling the Climate Crisis with PA IPL & JEA

This meeting, recorded Wednesday, January 18, 2023, is part of PA IPL’s ongoing partnership with Jewish Earth Alliance (JEA).

TOPIC:
Bankrolling the Climate Crisis: the role the big US banks play in financing the fossil-free industry

SPEAKERS:
Ben Cushing, Director of Sierra Club‘s national Fossil-Free Finance Campaign
Others from Sierra Club

As long as the major US banks and other asset managers like Vanguard and BlackRock finance fossil fuel investments, these industries will continue drilling, shipping, and burning CO2 and methane. Yet concerned Americans can take steps to stop this funding by moving their own funds, pressuring their retirement fund managers to divest, and pressuring our religious institutions to divest. The time for will be discussion after and the presentation and calls for action.


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 December 21 Meeting in Partnership with JEA!

What’s Next for Climate Progress? A Post-Election Briefing with PA IPL & JEA

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

TOPIC:
What’s Next for Climate Progress: A Post-Election Briefing

SPEAKERS:
Tiffany Hartung, field director, IPL National
Madison Mayhew, federal policy advocate, IPL National
Ileagh MacIvers, clean cars organizer, IPL National

The national elections brought mostly good news in terms of electing climate-friendly candidates, but with a divided Congress it will be harder to achieve significant legislation. However, there are other avenues for action. Watch here to listed to three National IPL speakers who are very well versed on upcoming climate progress possibilities.


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 November 16 Meeting in Partnership with JEA!

Countering Climate Disinformation in Conversations and in the Media with PA IPL & JEA

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

TOPIC:
Countering Climate Disinformation In Conversations and In the Media

SPEAKER:
Maegan Ramirez, Climate Justice Outreach Coordinator for the Union of Concerned Scientists

This joint session with JEA focuses on how to have difficult conversations and how to bridge the divide.

Maegan Ramirez is a program coordinator with the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In her role, she supports the Climate Impacts team and helped establish a programmatic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team. Prior to joining UCS, Maegan completed a research internship at the National Endowment for the Arts. She has also worked in higher education at the University of Texas at El Paso, and served as a Congressional District Leader for the ONE Campaign, which focuses on ending extreme poverty and preventable diseases. Maegan holds a BA in creative writing and political science from the University of Texas at El Paso, and an MFA in creative writing from American University.


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 October 19 Meeting in Partnership with JEA!

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

This meeting, recorded Wednesday, October 19, 2022, is 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

This joint session with JEA focuses on how 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.

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.

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.