Welcome to California Interfaith Power & Light, the originator of the national Interfaith Power & Light campaign that began in 2000 and is now in 38 states. By signing the CIPL congregation covenant you become part of a diverse and inter-religious network of climate minded congregations in California committed to working together to protect our common home.
Please know our staff and volunteers are eager to support you and your congregation in your efforts toward climate mindfulness and action.
In faith & hope,
Rev. Susan Hendershot Guy, President
To become a member of California Interfaith Power & Light, simply sign our covenant stating that your congregation will commit to one of the following principles. There are no dues or other obligations. By becoming a member of CIPL, your congregation will be joining the statewide religious response to global warming. We have resources to share, connections to make, and volunteer opportunities for you to help advance climate action in California.
If we are to be faithful stewards of Creation, we must understand the profound ways in which humanity is altering the climate, and to share that understanding with others. We commit to sharing that message both within and outside our congregation.
Our climate crisis has come from an unsustainable worldview that sees Creation as something to be exploited and discarded, rather than as a garden to be carefully tended for future generations. We commit to resisting this unsustainable culture by being intentional consumers, by recycling and reducing waste, and by aligning our financial resources with our environmental values, such as through fossil fuel divestment.
The science is clear: global warming is being caused by the massive amount of greenhouse gases we are releasing into the atmosphere every day. We commit to dramatically reducing our carbon footprint through the use of renewable energy, greater efficiency, and making changes in our transportation and food choices.
Climate Change and environmental destruction disproportionately affect the poor and those who have contributed the least to the problem. We commit to advocating for those hardest hit by pollution and climate injustice, and to supporting public policies that cut pollution and invest in renewable energy.
Joining California Interfaith Power & Light means that you commit to taking steps to fight climate change and save energy. Our members are making a practical difference in their houses of worship, their communities, and on the state and national stage. You will be joining with these faith communities in regenerating the earth and building a sustainable future.