Climate Action Rally + Celebration

Positive climate news has felt hard to come by – but this week, we got an enormous piece of it when we learned Senate Democratic leadership reached an agreement on sweeping climate legislation. This is a huge deal, and is the result of decades of persistent advocacy and activism. We deserve to celebrate!

On Friday, August 5 we’re gathering at noon in Philadelphia to reflect on our successes, (hopefully) celebrate the passage of game-changing federal climate policy, and rejuvenate ourselves for the obstacles we know are still ahead.

If you’d like to let us know you are coming, you can register here.

The fight to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change and build a just, equitable energy system is far from over – but taking time to celebrate incremental progress, and to thank our elected officials, is critical. As people of faith, we have a moral obligation to care for our planet. This is a crucial step forward and we should celebrate this victory as climate cannot wait!

Spread the word! Please share this event with your networks. We’d love for your members and partners to come out. You can find the facebook page for the event, some social media graphics, an RSVP landing page, and a partner toolkit that includes all of the above plus some sample email text, for you to adapt however you’d like.

We look forward to seeing you there!

REFLECTION: How Getting to Zero as a congregation changed me personally

T2016 05 iphone 196his essay is a (slightly) longer version of the back-page GRID Magazine article (June 2016) entitled Web of Life, and is reprinted here with permission of the author, Jane Dugdale. Our thanks to Jane, and to GRID for reaching out!

I think of myself as a pretty savvy environmentalist.  After I read Paul Ehrlich’s  Population Bomb in the 1970s I volunteered with Planned Parenthood. My Sierra Club card says I’ve been a member since 1976. But when the Ecology Mission Group at my congregation, Central Baptist Church in Wayne, decided to focus on climate change as a moral and spiritual issue, including a campaign for “Getting to Zero” emissions, I was in for a pretty steep learning curve. My participation in that effort connected me to efforts going on nearby and far away, made me aware how differently people of good will think about what can be done, and led to some happy realizations.

Nearby, in my own congregation, we have people like Andy Smith and Chuck Marshall, Continue reading REFLECTION: How Getting to Zero as a congregation changed me personally

Philadelphia PA IPL: local monthly meeting

The Philadelphia cluster of PA IPL is very active and plans workshops, services, and works in coalition with many other groups bringing faith voices to climate justice and clean energy future efforts, and climate justice voices to faith work. Their monthly meetings alternate between Mondays and Tuesdays at 7:00 PM and are open to everyone. Particular meetings may focus either on planning or on a particular program.

The group meets at Summit Presbyterian Church in Mt. Airy.
Tuesday 6/14

BRYN MAWR *film showing* The Merchants of Doubt

in the Witherspoon Parlor of the  Ministry Center.
Merchants of Doubt, a film by Robert Kenner

Merchants of Doubt brings viewers into the world of how a small group of politically well-connected media-savvy men have sewn doubt and confusion in the public’s mind about the science of climate change. The film is directed by Robert Kenner (Food, Inc., When Strangers Click) and based on the acclaimed book of the same title by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway.

Free will donation.

Philadelphia PA IPL: local monthly meeting

The Philadelphia cluster of PA IPL is very active and plans workshops, services, and works in coalition with many other groups bringing faith voices to climate justice and clean energy future efforts, and climate justice voices to faith work. Their monthly meetings alternate between Mondays and Tuesdays at 7:00 PM and are open to everyone. Particular meetings may focus either on planning or on a particular program.

The group meets at Summit Presbyterian Church in Mt. Airy.
Tuesday 5/10
Tuesday 6/14

Philadelphia PA IPL: local monthly meeting

The Philadelphia cluster of PA IPL is very active and plans workshops, services, and works in coalition with many other groups bringing faith voices to climate justice and clean energy future efforts, and climate justice voices to faith work. Their monthly meetings alternate between Mondays and Tuesdays at 7:00 PM and are open to everyone. Particular meetings may focus either on planning or on a particular program.

The group meets at Summit Presbyterian Church in Mt. Airy.
Monday 4/11
Tuesday 5/10
Tuesday 6/14