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!
PA IPL 2018 Annual conference, on the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Donora Smog. Learn more here. Pre-registration closed at 8:00AM on Thursday, October 27th. Join us anyway! At-the-door registration is $40. (Use this link while at the registration table if necessary to pay by credit card. Cash or check accepted.)
THis bus is very nearly full, but our friends at CAIR – Philadelphia have invited people of all faiths to join their bus, too! Be sure to read all the information in the “about” tab on the linked page, and then click through to sign up with them.
Lots of groups are organizing! Find sister events or transportationfrom your area to DC via the standard People’s Climate Movement website, including buses from Pittsburgh, Harrisburg/Hershey, Pine Grove, West Chester, Doylestown….more added all the time!
Check out faith resources from the march’s faith contingent hub, or browse through bulletin inserts from several faith traditions —copy the same one for each bulletin, or copy several different ones to spark conversation. Note that there is a Word version if you want to adapt yours. THANK YOU to IPL DC.MD.NoVA!
Prayer Flag project— complete as a congregation, a study group, or an individual as a way of participating in the People’s Climate March in Washington, DC, and sister events closer to home. The project makes a terrific addition to any Earth Day or Faith Climate Action Week events you may already have planned.
Because our Events listing draws directly (and chronologically) from our events calendar, there are a few upcoming items that you’ll want to see coming, mark your own calendar, and share. You will want to know about:
One of the wonderful Interfaith Moral Climate Advocacyworkshops, headlined by Justin Wright of Active Neutrals, and in partnership with PennFuture will be held on Presidents’ Day, February 15. REGISTRATION is open now, FLIERS are available. Click to learn more and sign up. Co-sponsored by PA IPL, the Eco-Justice Ministries of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and the Creation Care Task Force of the NE PA Synod (Lutherans).
——RELIGIOUS CALENDARS:Tu b’ShevatandLent,with resources anyone can use——
Tu B’Shevat (the “Jewish new year of the trees”) begins January 24 at sundown (the 15th day of Shevat). Join all-are-welcome celebrations in BRYN MAWRor GERMANTOWN 1/24. Find resources generously shared by COEJL and the Shalom Center to explore more on your own. YourRSVP is important to our planningfor both of the celebrations linked above.
On the Christian calendar, Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, which falls on February 10 this year. It is a time of preparation, reflection and, for many, fasting, so it’s a great time to think about a CARBON FASTor a Lenten text study linked to climate change. The Ecumenical Carbon Fast designed by the New England Regional Environmental Ministries is excellent, and we see no need to re-invent the wheel! Anyone may sign up now for 2016 once-a-day Lenten emails. To get a glimpse at what you’ll be getting, browse the 2015 resources. Each week has a biblically-linked theme and includes actions to take, both as an individual and with a congregation. If you are a Christian pastor in a congregation that follows the Common Lectionary, you may find this lectionary-based weekly sermon reflections on the lessons useful, whether you choose to use them during Lent or periodically throughout the year.
People of other faiths may wish to sign up for the Lenten emails (or browse the 2015 materials) in order to mine them for inspiration in connection with periods of fasting and reflection in your own tradition. Would you like to use the inspiration to craft tailored resources drawing on your own scriptures and traditions? We’d love to make sure the effort is well-spent by sharing it far and wide. We’ll even help!