Why is climate change a Justice issue?

Plenary panelist Victoria Furio has shared her opening remarks at Climate Justice: Faith in Action, PA IPL’s annual conference held on October 26, 2014 at Summit Presbyterian Church. Resource links at the end of this post!VickyFurio - Version 2

Civilization is based on the principle of not harming the other — We could not coexist if we didn’t assure a reasonable expectation of comfort for everyone.

And our legal system is structured the same way — An individual’s rights extend only as far as they do not infringe on another’s. So justice is about freedom from harm. Our laws aim to provide protection for all.

As persons of faith, we have an even higher law to respond to. What God wants is a total harmony among all creatures, in all of Creation. God wants us to have joy and life in Continue reading Why is climate change a Justice issue?

It’s worth the heartbreak to care about climate change. What would it mean if we didn’t?

Plenary panelist Joelle Novey has shared a piece that echos her remarks at Climate Justice: Faith in Action, PA IPL’s annual conference held on October 26, 2014 at Summit Presbyterian Church. joellenovey

Sometimes I wish I didn’t care about climate change.

Each time I speak with a congregation, I try to put into words what keeps me going in this work, when it would be so much less difficult not to care.

What would I have to do to not care about climate change?

First, I would have to not care about anybody who doesn’t live in the United States and is suffering the consequences of a warming climate now. I would also have to not care about anyone who will be alive after I’m gone, and may be harmed in the future. And then I’d have to not care about any other species of plants or animals, who might not be able to adapt fast enough to survive in a rapidly warming climate.

At that point I don’t have to care about climate change, but I have made my world so small … and too lonely.

Every Jewish community I’ve been a part of teaches us to honor every person as made in God’s Continue reading It’s worth the heartbreak to care about climate change. What would it mean if we didn’t?

End profiteering: break the unholy links between race, prison, toxics, and power.

JacquiPPlenary panelist Jacqueline Patterson’s remarks at Climate Justice: Faith in Action, PA IPL’s annual conference held on October 26, 2014 at Summit Presbyterian Church.  

 In my work throughout the country, I see circumstances of compounded structural challenges, particularly for communities of color and low income communities. The drivers and impacts of the climate crisis are in the context of the drivers and the impacts of a broad set of social, political, economic inequities largely driven by the same systemic aim to concentrate power and wealth in the hands of a privileged few.

Three weeks ago, I was in St. Louis to give a talk on place based inequities in the context of the murder of Michael Brown. As part of a tour, I drove through Ferguson in the middle of a downpour and noted how poor the drainage system was, as water pooled in the street Continue reading End profiteering: break the unholy links between race, prison, toxics, and power.

Bill McKibben: Wind in our sails.

Bill McKibben gave us permission to share the video message he prepared for PA IPL’s 2014 conference Climate Justice: Faith in Action.

We’ll share lots more from Climate Justice: Faith in Action as we gather pictures and video from attendees, and the words of our generous and talented contributors.   Subscribe to the blog so that you’ll get an email whenever we post something new (right-side column), or just watch our Facebook page for the links.  Directly below the video you’ll find links to more on a few of the items Bill McKibben mentions within.

NOTES and LINKS:

GROW THE MOVEMENT.

[*editor’s note: I have not been able to track down the author of this “Prezi” but the information and dates match with several publicly available sources]

Climate Justice: Faith in Action *conference preview*

The video below gives you a chance to hear just a bit from each of our keynote speakers.  (The intro was necessary because it will play on DVD-equipped buses to the People’s Climate March on Saturday.)   Speaking of the march, EVERYONE can:

Are words better than video for you?  Click through to meet the panelists and learn everything  there is to know about our 2014 Conference.