On Sunday, August 10th California Interfaith Power & Light hosted “En esta casa…In this house…” un festival de la ecología/an ecology festival in Richmond, California. The gathering was held at Holy Trinity/La Santisima Trinidad and speakers included José Artiga of SHARE El Salvador, Kenneth Phillips of Automatic Recycling Solutions and a gripping multimedia presentation by Emily Pimentel of the Climate Reality Project, showing facts about our ominous climate situation. Participants were also informed of pending threats to AB 32, California’s landmark Climate Change Solutions Act. The afternoon included a children’s art project and playful solar piñata, symbolizing the good things that come from the sun including abundant renewable clean energy. Thank you to everyone at Holy Trinity/La Santisima Trindad especially The Reverends Javier Torres and Phyllis Manoogian, SHARE El Salvador, Automatic Recycling Solutions, Solar Richmond (who participated in our event planning session) and Vivien Castillo, CIPL’s summer intern.
Did you know…since 2002, CIPL member congregations have prevented over 116,000,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere? Check out our newly-released 2011-12 CIPL Emissions Report and learn more about outstanding examples of congregational energy efficiency, renewable energy, education and advocacy.
CIPL’s Annual Emissions Reports are unique – it is the only such report to quantify the emissions reductions from the California faith community. Plus, the emissions reductions are based only upon congregations that respond to our survey. So, it’s safe to say that the California faith community is responsible for a whole lot more emissions reductions and actions than is quantified in our reports. Each annual report is also important because we share it with our CIPL network, potential members, funders, and state and federal legislators. The good work of our California faith partners is spread far and wide.
Congrats to ALL CIPL members who are active in caring for God’s creation!
Pictured above: The sanctuary of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Hermosa Beach; skylights light up the church without the use of electricity