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!

RECORDINGS AVAILABLE: Free Webinars from IPL National

Recordings Available:


IPL National will be offering three free webinars this week to learn more about Solar for Houses of Worship, to discuss upcoming opportunities to address existing environmental and economic crises, and to learn some tips for setting up meetings with your elected officials and lobbying for climate action.

  • (EVENT HAS PASSED) Solar for Houses of Worship on February 23rd at 1pm eastern/noon central/11am mountain/10am pacific
    Whether you are a clergy leader, facilities manager, or an active congregant, join us for a webinar to learn how to make solar power possible for your house of worship. IPL National is partnering with California IPL (CIPL) to bring you this webinar. Collective Sun, a company that helps nonprofits fund solar projects across the country, will talk about solar financing options and project management best practices that apply to any state. Two of their satisfied congregational clients – one in California and one in Massachusetts – will be on the webinar to share their experiences. CIPL and its member congregations have been on the forefront of solar energy adoption for two decades and we can learn from their experience.
  • Digital “New Day” Rally on TODAY 2/24 at 3pm EST/2pm CST/1pm mountain/12pm PST
    The climate community across the nation will (virtually) rally together to tell legislators it’s #TimeToAct on Climate. During the New Day Rally we will discuss upcoming opportunities to address the existing crisis of the economic recession, environmental injustices, COVID recovery and climate emergency. The rally will feature dynamic speakers including Mustafa Santiago Ali (National Wildlife Federation), Latricea Adams (Black Millennials for Flint), Justin Onwenu (Sierra Club Michigan Chapter) and Yoca Arditi-Rocha (The Cleo Institute). Join the conversation!

Register here for the digital rally on 2/24.

  • Lobby Training Webinar on February 25th at 5pm EST/4pm CST/3pm mountain/2pm PST
    Join Interfaith Power & Light to learn some tips for setting up meetings with your elected officials and lobbying for climate action. This training will be geared towards beginners, but will have information that is helpful to everyone. We’ll have experts who will lead you through the key steps to be an effective faith advocate for equitable climate solutions, and we’ll brief you on our faith-climate platform and key federal policies.

Register here for the lobby training webinar on 2/25.

Typically recordings are available to registrants who cannot attend the live events and PA IPL will post them as soon as they are available.

MARCH for a Clean Energy Revolution: Communities of Faith and Spirit

The Republican National Convention takes place out of state (Ohio July 18-21), but the Democratic National Convention will be in PA (Philadelphia) July 25-28.

We need our political leaders to prioritize fast and fair climate action on all fronts, including acting to keep fossil fuels in the ground so we’re joining a coalition making the call for clean energy visible.

Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 4.03.35 PMAsk your congregation to endorse and join you in the faith contingent of the March for a Clean Energy Revolution. Before the march, switch your electricity to cleaner sources so your banners can say so (and encourage others to step up!).

March convenes at 12:00 noon on Sunday, July 24 at City Hall.
Rally at Independence Mall anticipated at about 2:00 PM.

If you live in the Philadelphia area, could you (household or congregation) provide housing for 1 person or a group? Contact us.  There are buses traveling from around Pennsylvania.

Find delegates from your area for each party, communicate your climate commitments and ask that they make fast and fair climate action a platform priority. DNC superdelegates listed here, PA county party chairs here. RNC PA delegates are here.  The RNC does not have superdelegates.

PA IPL leaders will be part of a panel at a justice-focused summit the day before the march, and are actively taking place in the faith-focused parts of the march planning. 

Coalition Rally: NO pipelines! YES clean and just future!

1Remember earlier this month how we showed up when Republicans held their big national meeting in Hershey, PA? It’s the Democrats’ turn!  This meeting is of House Democrats, and we hear that the President may be joining them.

We have joined as a coalition partner on this, and would love to have many PA IPL folks and people of faith joining the event.  The Facebook Event Page is public, so you can look at it even if you’re not “on Facebook”   If you are a Facebook user, please use the event page to promote and share in your networks.

photo credit: Rev. Jesse Brown ImagesByJesseBrown
photo credit: Rev. Jesse Brown ImagesByJesseBrown

BRING SIGNS to communicate with passers-by, media, and the people actually attending the conference.  Particularly needed: signs speaking to climate justice, the moral dimensions of climate change, and highlighting faith voices.  For some texts from Abrahamic traditions to reference find a short list of ideas at   Since the target of this protest is the President with his “all of the above” strategy, “Power from Above, NOT “all of the above”” is always a good go-to.

PA IPL board member Rev. Cheryl Pyrch and active Philly PA IPL member Rabbi Arthur Waskow are quoted in the press release:

We ask President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline once and for all.  We ask him to remember the children of this country, future generations and the poor and middle-class who bear the greatest burdens of climate change.  It is past time to emphasize energy conservation, efficiency, and investment in wind and solar.

— Rev. Cheryl Pyrch, Summit Presbyterian Church

President Obama, Judaism, like all religious and spiritual traditions, regards the Earth with awe and love. Indeed, Judaism is rooted in the indigenous spirituality of shepherds and farmers, who remembered that an arrogant Pharaoh brought plagues upon the land, and who taught us to make sure the land could live in a rhythm of work and rest. Now all Mother Earth is in danger of choking on the Plague of scorching air that modern Carbon Pharaohs have imposed upon us all.   The Tar Sands Pipeline is a modern Plague. It will damage the regions it traverses, and  its burning of super-saturated high-carbon oil will endanger our planet. Mr. President, we urge you to face these Pharaohs down and —  once and for all —  free our people and the Earth from this Plague by refusing a permit to the KXL Pipeline.”

—Rabbi Arthur Waskow, the Shalom Center

Below is the description from 350Philly:

We just got word that President Obama is going to be speaking at the Society Hill Sheraton on Thursday evening. The House Democratic Caucus is convening in Philadelphia to plan their 2-year agenda in Congress. As we are in the final days of a decision on KXL, we are going to make sure that Obama knows for darn sure where we stand.

We are  rallying  to call on President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline and to call for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and living wage jobs. Our rally here in Philadelphia will be part of national series of actions. But we at 350Philly believe this is an opportunity to not just amplify the message to Reject KXL once and for all — but also to demand the national policies we need for a Just Transition. 

Because the President’s schedule is subject to change on short notice, we are asking that everyone be fluid and flexible. Keep an eye on our FB Event Page for continuous updates–partners, messages, locations, and more!!!

BRING: signs, banners, and friends