On February 15th, please join PA IPL for our Statewide Monthly Meeting and Program. To supplement local monthly chapter meetings, PA IPL will be holding a regular meeting & program each month on 3rd Monday evenings at 7:00 PM EST via Zoom.
This month PA IPL Board Member Greg Williams will be offering a program and resources for how to organize and participate in efforts to directly combat climate change through PA IPL Creation Care.
We will describe ways to get involved, address any obstacles, and guide you through the process to actively participate as stewards of creation.
Creation Care is a hands on opportunity to safely connect with each other and restore the environment. Through our tree planting efforts — and collaborations with the Keystone 10 Million Trees project, and scores of local groups across PA — we have planted over 3,000 trees in the last four years and removed invasive species.
These efforts made measurable progress against climate change.
· We increased the biodiversity of our environment
· We cooled our rivers and streams
· We slowed down pollution and erosion
· We enhanced our environment’s ability to sequester CO2.
As we expand these efforts in urban communities and in PA’s northern tier with a new distribution hub in Lewisburg we will plant more than 10,000 in 2021! To sign up to participate in PA IPL’s Creation Care or obtain a tree yourself fill out this Google Form. Register now here!
After planting 1,000 trees last year in Central PA, due to the hard work of PA IPL Board member Greg Williams, and many dedicated stewards of creation across the state, this year PA IPL will receive and plant or distribute 10,000 native trees from the Chesapeake Bay Fund!
This year our Creation Care program will expand the scope of our work in Northeast PA and North Central PA. In addition to our original site in Williamsburg, we will have new distribution centers in Scranton and Lewisburg.
We are actively looking for volunteers to participate in planting events and the removal of invasive species across the state. If you are interested in volunteering or can help in identifying additional sites, please sign up here. Trees will be delivered to the three centers in April and the planting season will go through June but other work is always available year round.
If you are also interested in accepting trees yourself, we will have a limited number of unreserved trees available. All trees are distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis and we cannot guarantee specific species. please register here.
This expansion will also result in greater expenses for PA IPL, any donations to support this important work would be appreciated.
Share a highlight of a past bike trip. I loved being able to show up at scheduled breaks with snacks and water. Maternal feelings of concern and care for the riders were not typical of the ways in which I typically connect to other people.
How has the bike trip continued to impact or sustain you? I learned an important lesson about the power of working with other people. We can’t always do everything on our own. We are more powerful together. I witnessed the support of a rider who was struggling on a particular day by several other riders who stayed with him, even as he fell behind the main group.
In what ways are you continuing to reap inspiration and energy from your experience of the trip? I hope that I will be able to make the trip at some point in the future.
What you are doing right now to support the work of PA IPL in raising climate change as a moral issue? I run Germantown PA IPL Tree Tenders, an official tree planting group of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. The group advocates in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia for the moral imperative of PA IPL’s message about the climate crisis through its spring and fall plantings.
What “call to action” would you encourage others to take regarding climate change at this time? Voting for strong environmental candidates, not just in the national election, but in the state and local elections is the most important thing to do this year!
This strong, warmed-from-within group gathered to plant and bless this sapling in Germantown on a blustery, damp day.
Following the work of planting, the group blessed the tree, and with those blessings recalled blessings by other trees they had known.
Each person spoke an appreciation of a tree they had known and loved, and the group responded, together:
Grow straight. Grow strong. Give shade. Share life.
Thank you, Tree Tenders of Germantown!
When your group plants, waters, weeds, or otherwise cares for a tree, we hope you’ll use this blessing led by Rev. Alison Cornish. Share some of your stories and photos with us, and help jog other people’s memories of trees they have known and loved.
At Janes Memorial United Methodist Church on Germantown Avenue and we will be having a blessing of the trees at 11:30 (we might start a little later, depending on the plantings), led by The Rev. Andrew Foster (Janes Memorial UMC) and the Rev. Cheryl Pyrch (Summit Presbyterian).
Actual planting starts earlier. See poster (click on image to enlarge) for times and contacts.
Would you like to participate? It’s a chance to celebrate and also give our best wishes to Pastor Foster, who will be moving at the end of May to become leader of the New England District of the UMC.
In mid November, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Tree Tenders and volunteers will plant about 435 trees in Philadelphia and another 530 trees in Southeast Pennsylvania Germantown Interfaith Power & Light Tree Tenders will be planting 6 of those trees on Saturday, November 19th. At noon neighborhood clergy and leaders will lead a short “Blessing of the Trees” ceremony beginning outside the First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG), 6001 Germantown Ave. Then all tree blessers and tree planters and their supporters are invited to a free lunch at FUMCOG. Please RSVP to Cheryl Pyrch, firstname.lastname@example.org
These new trees count towards the Plant One Million campaign, the nation’s largest multi-state tree initiative that continues to replenish the tree population of 13 counties in the Greater Philadelphia Region. About 520,000 trees have been planted since Plant One Million began in 2011. The Philadelphia Chapter of PA Interfaith Power & Light has joined this effort to help mitigate climate change and build resiliency in our community. This is our first annual tree planting. Perhaps next year we can plant trees near you!
The region has lost millions of trees in recent decades to development. Replacing our tree canopy will benefit the whole region for decades to come. Trees improve air quality, reduce the heat-island effect, absorb storm runoff to reduce flooding and water pollution, increase property values, and enhance the quality of life in our communities.