PA IPL 2022 Bike/Hike Advocacy Days of Action

Day #1: Thursday, May 19

Meet with State Senator Tim Kearney:
Register here & join the PA IPL 2022 Bike/Hike Advocacy Action Day virtual lobbying meeting with State Senator Tim Kearney! We will begin with a virtual lobbying training session from 10-11am and then we will meet with State Senator Tim Kearney from 11-11:30am.

Meet with State Representative Donna Bullock:
Register here & join the PA IPL 2022 Bike/Hike Advocacy Action Day virtual lobbying meeting with State Representative Donna Bullock! We will have a virtual lobbying training session from 12:30-1pm and then we will meet with State Representative Donna Bullock from 1-1:30pm.

Political Advocacy Letter Writing:
Register here & join the PA IPL 2022 Bike/Hike Advocacy Action Day session for political advocacy letter writing! This meeting will run from 5-6:00pm and will focus on personal stories sharing about why climate justice matters to you. We will be writing letters to Cartwright and Biden with topics such as clean energy and transitioning out of fossil fuel infrastructure in the state​.

Day #2: Friday, May 20

Sustainable Health & Development:
Register here & join the PA IPL 2022 Bike/Hike Advocacy Action Day session on sustainable health and development with Senator Saval! Senator Saval and other leaders will join us from 12-1:00pm to discuss Sustainable Health and Development throughout PA​.

Now Available: Video of April 20 Meeting in Partnership with JEA!

Clean Energy and Energy Independence with PA IPL & JEA

This meeting, recorded Wednesday, April 20, 2022, is part of PA IPL’s ongoing partnership with Jewish Earth Alliance (JEA).

TOPIC:
Clean Energy and Energy Independence

This joint session with JEA focuses on how clean energy produced in the USA is the path to true energy independence. Katie Blume, Political Director of Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, is our speaker. The war in the Ukraine has exposed how vulnerable we are by continuing to rely on imported dirty energy and the gas and oil companies are exploiting the current situation for their own profits. Katie talks about PA-wide and national efforts to help people understand we must quickly transition to clean energy and how to answer people who believe we must drill more gas and oil. She also discusses efforts to get clean energy initiatives in the Federal reconciliation bill.

Now Available: Video of March 16 Meeting in Partnership with JEA!

Leveraging Federal Funds for More Environmental Sustainability Efforts with PA IPL & JEA

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

TOPIC:
Leveraging Federal Funds for More Environmental Sustainability Efforts

This joint session with JEA focuses on how to convince decision makers at all levels to leverage Federal funds for more environmental sustainability efforts.

Brian LaShier from Union of Concerned Scientists, the Senior Washington Representative for the UCS Climate & Energy Program, is our content speaker.

Pennsylvania is getting federal dollars from the Rescue and Infrastructure bills. Some of it, like EV charging stations or cleaning up abandoned oil drills, are obviously good for the environment. But there are other funds that could be used for environmental sustainability efforts or programs depending on how the rules or proposals get developed.

This session is intended for concerned citizens who are willing to speak to their local and state officials, and decision and policy makers of all kinds who apply for government grants.


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.

What Climate Solutions We Have Achieved Globally, Nationally, & Within Pennsylvania

In Partnership with the Jewish Earth Alliance (JEA)

Join us Wednesday, November 17 at 7:00pm for a meeting as part of PA IPL‘s ongoing partnership with Jewish Earth Alliance (JEA).

TOPIC:
What Climate Solutions We Have Achieved Globally, Nationally, and Within Pennsylvania

SPEAKERS:
National and International updates from Jonathan Lacock-Nisly, Director of Faithful Advocacy for Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA)
Pennsylvania updates from Flora Cardoni, Field Director for PennEnvironment
Spiritual offering by Marci Wilf, Middot/character instructor, speaking on gratitude

Register here for this event.

We also encourage everyone to write thank you notes to Casey and their representative if they voted for BBB/infrastructure. We will be writing letters in the meeting as well. If you need help on how to call or email them and what to say, please contact Phyllis for assistance.

Please submit your letters directly to Phyllis as attachments to your email message. We will deliver them by email directly to the appropriate staffer.

REGISTER NOW and receive an email providing the Zoom link for the meeting.

We hope to see you on November 17th at 7:00pm!

Inside the Build Back Better Act with PA IPL & JEA

Join us Wednesday, October 20 at 6:00pm for a meeting as part of PA IPL‘s ongoing partnership with Jewish Earth Alliance (JEA).

In this meeting we will be discussing what is currently included in the Build Back Better Act, what has been or might be eliminated, and most importantly what can concerned citizens do.

Our main speaker will be Emily Wirzba, Manager of Government Relations at the Environmental Defense Action Fund. She has the inside story. Emily will talk for about 10 minutes and answer questions. We will discuss what citizens can and must do to get climate solutions passed.

You can register here for this event.

We hope to see you then, and in the meantime keep pressuring Senator Casey and your US Congressperson to support all of the climate solutions in the Build Back Better Bill. If you need help on how to call or email them and what to say, please contact Phyllis for assistance.

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

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill: What it Does and Does Not Include

On August 10, the Senate passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, a $3.5 Trillion budget deal. Just days later, they approved a budget resolution.

Of IPL’s priorities, the bipartisan bill includes:

  • Funding to clean up Superfund sites and other legacy pollution, including abandoned mine lands ($21 billion, with $11 billion for abandoned mine lands)
  • Investments to improve and expand ‌Amtrak‌ ‌service‌ ‌($66 billion)
  • Some funding for ‌clean‌ ‌drinking‌ ‌water ($63 billion, only $15 billion for lead pipe removal)
  • Investments in ‌the‌ ‌development‌ ‌of‌ ‌a‌ ‌21st‌ ‌century‌ ‌electrical‌ ‌grid‌ ($65 billion)
  • Building electric‌ ‌vehicle‌ ‌charging‌ ‌stations‌ ($7.5 billion)

Unfortunately, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill failed to address many other climate issues that will help meet the climate goals our nation needs. Clean energy, replacing lead pipes, wind and solar energy, clean transportation, and investing in resources for disadvantaged communities was not addressed. As we look to the future, we need President Biden and Congress to go bold — so we can spur growth.

  • Clean energy: The bipartisan deal includes no meaningful support for wind and solar power. We need the reconciliation package to include an extension and expansion of clean energy tax credits for wind, solar, and electric vehicles, as well as a national Clean Energy Standard that supports truly clean, renewable energy.
  • Replacing lead pipes: This deal cuts the total funding for clean water to half of what the President had initially proposed, and only $15 billion for removing lead pipes. This is significantly less than $60 billion the water industry estimates is needed to ensure all communities have lead-free drinking water.
  • Clean transportation: The bipartisan deal includes insufficient funding for public transit, rail, electric school buses, and electric vehicle charging.
  • Investing with justice: As President Biden promised on the campaign trail, we need to see at least 40% of funds spent in the communities hurt the most by our current polluting economy.

Whether Congress immediately moves a budget reconciliation package that matches the scale of the climate and environmental justice crises we face depends on the actions we take right now. We still need a Climate Bill and the actions we take as faith communities matter now more than ever. We need the budget reconciliation bill to be a Climate Bill that meets this moment, heeds the science, and delivers on climate, justice, and jobs.

If you want to let your Senators and Representative know climate matters are important to you, REGISTER HERE to join PA IPL and Jewish Earth Alliance to learn how to write effective letters to elected officials on August 25, 2021 at 7:00pm. As part of this session, you will write your own letter on a climate issue important to you. You can be part of making a Climate Bill a reality.