Now Available: Video of March 31st Climate, Justice, & Jobs Rally at Philadelphia City Hall

Climate Can’t Wait! Climate, Justice, and Jobs in Philadelphia – Rally at City Hall

Climate can’t wait. Not in our state and not in Philadelphia. People across the state want bold climate action to protect our common home. We need bold action that supports families in our communities and addresses core moral concerns. This includes the most significant climate and clean energy investments EVER – that will create jobs and protect clean air and clean water for all. We can’t let our communities suffer from polluted air and water any longer.

We have a moral responsibility as a nation, and a sacred task as people of faith, to care for our climate and to leave a safe and thriving world for future generations.

On Thursday, March 31 at 12:30pm, Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light held a Climate, Justice, and Jobs Rally at the northwest corner of City Hall (JFK Blvd and S 15th Street).

Speakers include State Senator Sharif Street, Philadelphia Councilmember Helen Gym’s Office, Climate Action PA, Maurice Q. Jones from Par Recycle Works and more!

This is a time for action, to make our voices heard, and push our federal, state, and local officials to make investments in our health, jobs, and futures! Through petition signing, phone banking, and coalition building on the issues that matter most we will guide our community leaders to take action. Join us to learn about the PA legislators and local non-profits who are combating these inequities and how you can join us in the fight towards environmental justice and equity in Pennsylvania!

RECORDING AVAILABLE — Engaging Active Hope: How to Do It!

Get the recording — and the link to the shared materials — for this past event

For several years, Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light has been offering practices from the book Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone at our conferences, workshops, and virtually.  We knew we were laying a firm foundation to build resilience and support for the coming climate crisis; we could not have anticipated how meaningful this work would be right now.  Going around the Spiral of the Work allows people to rest in gratitude for mother earth; to honor their pain for the world and themselves as we go through this pandemic; to see with new and ancient eyes that what we are experiencing is part of the Great Unraveling and the Great Turning to a life sustaining society; and to Go Forth with a new vision for the future and a sense of community support.

This one-session event will walk through the outline and details of a 6-session, online book-study-practice series we have developed, and which we hope you will now offer either in-person (as circumstances allow) or virtually in your own settings and with your own audiences/groups.

This event is free and open to all – donations gratefully accepted.

Register now. 

virtual — The Sacred Space Between Us – Earth Hour in song, reflection, and prayer

The Sacred Space Between Us
An On-Line Earth Hour Celebration Supporting PA IPL, the Earth and One Another
March 28 from 7:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Register now (free)

Come join Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light’s friends and supporters from all over the state as we fill our social distance with love for the earth and each other. This internet-based gathering over Zoom will include live music, earth prayer and reflection culminating with a candle-lit count down to Earth Hour.

At 8:30 participants may exit for unplugged Earth Hour observances in their own homes, or may choose to remain in our virtual gathering space to participate in 45 minutes of practices that will take us through a spiral of Active Hope from The Work That Reconnects. There’s a bit more about Active Hope and The Work That Reconnects (with some additional links) in our Thanksgiving 2019 note. 

Register now (free)

This social media event replaces several in-person Earth Hour benefits for PA IPL throughout the state.  We invite those who can to offer their financial support by making a donation when you register.

For more information contact us.

How to tune in
After you register, we’ll send you confirmation email.  The day before, you’ll get a link for the Zoom conference. Have a candle ready as we’ll shut off our lights, and countdown to a candle lit Earth Hour, which begins at 8:30 p.m. Some of us will power down our computers and other grid-based electronics and spend the rest of Earth Hour in candle-light and heart-light in the sacredness of our own homes.  Others will remain in our virtual gathering space to participate in 45 minutes of practices that will take us through a spiral of Active Hope from The Work That Reconnects.

Tips for marking Earth Hour offline:

  • Take a quiet or music-filled candle-lit walk outside with one or two others, honoring that loving social distance of 6 feet between people.  If you can be in a dark place, and the night is clear, pause to look up at the sky more than once.
  • If your household is multi-human-ed and multi-aged (or more playful than mobile) ask Google about Shadow Buff, Bag of Nouns, Forehead Detective, and Fictionary to get you started.

Register now (free)

Facebook Event Post for people whose networks and congregations are more active than ever in that space.  Feel free to share this widely!


Sing together and share favorite poems about the earth. Use this sing-along page compiled by PA IPL Board President the Rev. Barb Ballenger. (can we still link to it?)

PHILADELPHIA-Climate Strike-Rally and March for a Bold Climate Action!

Location: Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Time: 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

This event is being organized by a coalition of young people and allies from Philly Climate Strike, the Sunrise Movement Philadelphia Hub, Fridays for Future, and 350 Philly. Speakers will include Philadelphia residents already being impacted by the climate crisis, public school students enduring toxic school buildings, and more.

This rally and march is part of the Global Climate Strikes that were sparked by young people deciding to take bold action for their futures and the future of life on our planet. In Philadelphia, after over 3,000 people turned on for the Global Climate Strike on 9/20/2019, youth will take the streets again on 12/6 to demand a right to a livable future, and we’re inviting you to strike with us.

Youth leaders write “our demands are for Philadelphia elected officials to commit to fighting the climate crisis by implementing a municipal Green New Deal that includes:

  • A ban on new fossil fuel infrastructure in the city of Philadelphia.
  • A just transition with new, well paying union jobs for workers displaced by the move away from fossil fuels.
  • An end to the ten-year property tax abatement and the use of new funds to make Philadelphia public school buildings non-toxic.
  • Passing “Right to Breathe” legislation, starting with a ban on large scale industrial use of hydrofluoric acid.”

Check out the youth climate strike Action Network page here and their event on Facebook.

Download a flyer and share!

All are welcome. #AllAreCalled.

Wayne: Chester County Clean Energy Tour

Location: Chester County, including Wayne Central Baptist Church, 106 W Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA 19087
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Download a flyer here to post and share!

Ever wonder what it would be like for your home, workplace, farm, local government or house of worship to go solar? To become more energy efficient, reduce pollution and save money? Did you know Chester County is a state leader in solar energy and energy efficiency?

We have more than 30 Open Houses at schools, universities, businesses, farms, non-profits, municipalities and homes in Chester County so you can find out! Be inspired at this FREE event that features self-guided tours in four areas across our beautiful the county.

Kick off events will provide an orientation, tour map and suggested route. The homes, businesses, farms, schools and public places you visit will demonstrate green technologies such as solar, wind, geothermal, green design, energy efficiency, electric vehicles and more.

NEW!!! PECO is offering FREE energy assessments for the those who sign up at the tour!

Come to one of our 4 kick off locations at Wayne Central Baptist Church, 106 W Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA 19087. The church set a goal of being 100% carbon neutral. They installed 48 solar panels in 2009 on a south-facing flat roof. Eastern tour also includes other inspiring examples of local businesses, a local athletic facility, homes and a public school.

This event is free and open to the public —everyone is welcome to attend. Whether you are a solar owner, completely new to solar, or somewhere in between— this event is for you.  Grab a couple of other folks from your congregation and head to the tour.  Make Central Baptist Church in Wayne one of your stops for sure!

Check out Central Baptist Church’s “Getting to Zero” posts here!