Interfaith Power & Light’s Bill Bradlee took these great photos at the 2014 Cool Climate Awards on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. Videos of our winners and the greeting from EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy can be viewed here. Special thanks to Jacob Kraybill and Allis Druffel for their work putting these together.
Faith action on energy efficiency, renewable energy, education and advocacy goes way beyond California. There are 40 states that have Interfaith Power & Lights, and operate in coordination with our national office. Here’s the latest on national programs that your congregation can take part in:
EPA POWER PLANT POLLUTION REDUCTIONS – the federal Environmental Protection Agency needs to hear from YOU about regulating emission from power plants – a proposed reduction of 30% emissions by 2030. This is significant and needs all the support it can get. Sign the petition today.
COOL HARVEST is a great program, providing resources for individuals and congregations who want to highlight the connection between food, faith and climate change. This year’s Cool Harvest FREE KIT will help you host a potluck with your friends and/or faith community.
2015 NATIONAL PREACH-IN ON CLIMATE CHANGE has been going on for several years and is growing each year! Your congregation will receive sample sermons, ideas, and practical follow-up resources to make Valentine’s Day weekend a one to love the earth and all your neighbors. California is often the state that has the most congregations signing up for this program.
CARBON COVENANT focuses its energies on one of the largest sources of emissions in the developing world: deforestation. Programs in Cambodia, Cameroon, Ghana and Kilimanjaro strengthen efforts at planting trees and preventing illegal logging. Supporting these efforts on behalf of a loved one is a great alternative to traditional gift giving.
DIVEST THE VATICAN campaign is urging Pope Francis to divest the Vatican’s $9 billion investments from fossil fuels. IPL is inspired by Pope Francis’s environmental leadership and wants to see him take this very significant step in leadership. You can urge him to take this step, too.
Learn about other programs at the Interfaith Power & Light website!
by Allis Druffel, CIPL Southern California Outreach Director
On Sunday, September 21st, the largest climate march in U.S. history will take place in New York City. I’ll be there and I can’t wait!
Before joining California Interfaith Power & Light, I worked at a large Catholic church on various justice issues, such as local and global hunger, immigration, and fair trade. Over time, I recognized that these and many other concerns had an intimate link to the issue of climate change.
Today, as a person of faith, and having worked on this issue for a decade, I have faced two realities:
- First, because of my lifestyle and the things I enjoy on a daily basis, I am part of the problem. I cannot point to forces just outside of myself as the cause of our increasing environmental challenges. As such, I must work to lower my own carbon use as well as challenge external forces that keep us overly-dependent on carbon pollution sources.
- Second, I have learned to work in a truly communal way. I am, happily, just one of tens of millions of people working for a healthier future.
As the international community prepares for the 2015 Paris climate talks, we must demonstrate the overwhelming support that exists now for action on climate change. U.S. national and international pollution reduction treaties are crucial to the health of our planet and to stave off the worst effects of a changing climate.
I look forward to posting pictures and notable moments of the march on CIPL’s Facebook and Twitter and to meeting up with fellow California marchers, including The Rev. Sally Bingham, and CIPL Steering Committee member Abiding Abbess Linda Ruth Cutts, a leader in the Buddhist community.
Along with hundreds of thousands of others, we will demonstrate overwhelming support for federal action on climate change, and that further delay is not an option.
Great news! All of our priority bills in the California legislature had successful outcomes.
Bills headed to the governor’s desk include:
- SB 1204 (Lara) to reduce pollution from trucks and buses, especially those traveling the state’s busiest transportation corridors
- SB 1275 (de Leon), to get one million zero- or near-zero emission vehicles on the road by 2023
- SB 1371 (Leno) to maintain, repair and replace natural gas pipelines in order to reduce methane leaks and prevent possible explosions.
And two bills that would have threatened California’s clean energy future were stopped. AB 2145 (Bradford) would have restricted the growth of Community Choice Aggregation, an often more affordable and cleaner alternative to large utility providers, did not pass the Senate due to the session ending before a vote. And attempts to delay the full implementation of AB 32 were defeated. The oil industry, the last major polluting industry to fall under the emissions cap, will do so commencing January 2015.
We could not have accomplished these victories without you. Your trips and calls to Sacramento, your letters and moral support for the faith community was and remains essential to the on-going work of California Interfaith Power & Light.
Each year, California IPL publishes a Congregational Emissions Report honoring the work of the faith community throughout the state to reduce their carbon emissions, choose renewable energy, and advocate for policies that create a more sustainable and healthy future for all. In 2013, member congregations who responded to our survey prevented 28,000,000 pounds of CO2 emissions. Click here to download the full 2013-14 Report.