A main part of California Interfaith Power & Light’s work is to facilitate education of environmental matters to congregational members. Here are some resources that can assist you in setting up a Book Club, movie screening or Earth Day fair as part of your overall goal of living lightly on Earth!
Make sure to see the “Resources” Page on the national Interfaith Power & Light website for even more information.
Setting Up an Environmental Ministry in Your House of Worship – gives good advice and practical implementation guidance for setting up a “Green Team” in your congregation.
Movies/Documentaries: Hosting a movie night is an excellent way to bring in your congregational and community members for fellowship and discussion about pressing current environmental topics. Check out:
Films and DVDs on the national Interfaith Power & Light website. From “The Hungry Tide” to “Dirt” to “Journey of the Universe”, this list of documentaries is sure to keep your congregation engaged for a while!
Renewal: Produced by Marty Ostrow, and featuring Rev. Sally Bingham, this is one of the first documentaries to outline the faith community’s involvement in caring for and protection Creation. Contains eight inspiring stories of active engagement by various faith leaders.
Create a Special Theater Screening of “Chasing Ice” for Your Community as a Fundraiser!
Good news! California Interfaith Power & Light has partnered with a company called Tugg.com that gives people the ability to bring the movies of their choice to local movie theaters without any up-front costs. Through Tugg, CIPL’s member congregations around the state can create unique movie events to educate and engage their local communities on climate change, energy and related issues. And, to sweeten the deal, both your congregation and CIPL will each receive 5% of the ticket sales from the screening.
Books and Booklets: Excellent for a congregation’s library and/or for a Book Club, check out this list recommended by our friends from the national IPL office.
Religious Statements on Climate Change – includes statements from major religions, including Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Unitarian Universalist
Local Climate Action Plans – many cities in California have developed, or are developing their own Climate Action Plan, with the goal decreasing their carbon footprints and making their neighborhoods cleaner. Here are a few. (Please note: if you know of more, please let Allis – firstname.lastname@example.org, know. She will post them as well.San Francisco: http://www.sfenvironment.org/downloads/library/climateactionplan.pdf
Oakland: (still being developed) http://www.localcleanenergy.org/oakland/climate-action/coalition
Exploring California’s Climate Change Research: http://cal-adapt.org/