October 11, 2018
People of faith all over the world are mobilized in changing the conditions that are causing climate change and its effects on local and global communities. Especially with the recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), we recognize the extent of the crisis facing us and the urgency with which we must act.
An excellent way to further climate action is to vote, and vote with the climate and public health in mind. Urge your friends, family and community to vote for people and propositions that will strengthen climate action and community resiliency. CIPL has three ways you can get the most out of your voting experience:
1. Check out Interfaith Power & Light’s excellent guide for houses of worship on ways to get out the vote.
2. Make sure you and your friends and family are registered to vote at your current address to avoid problems at the voting poll.
3. Vote no on Prop 6 – November Ballot
Prop 6 would repeal state legislation that is now providing billions of dollars (an average of $5 billion/year over 10 years) for transportation repairs and improvements across California—and investing $1 billion in LA County alone. This money is funding 6,500 transportation projects across the state and creating tens of thousands of good jobs. The transportation package in place encourages greater public transportation and focus on electric vehicles – all of which reduce harmful pollutants and lead to climate change. A massive coalition of organizations are opposing Prop 6, including California Interfaith Power & Light. Check out the No on Prop 6 campaign here.
4. Vote YES on Measure G – San Luis Obispo County
If passed, San Luis Obispo will join others in baning hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and acidification well-stimulation in oil and gas production. A YES vote on Measure G will protect water by limiting expansion unwanted oil field waste injection into local aquifers; ban future hydraulic fracturing, and protect public health.
CIPL has a list of core commitments that guide our advocacy activities:
1) Strong greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets from all sources — energy, transportation, industry, and agriculture — leading California toward carbon neutrality.
2) Significant investments in renewable power with the goal of 100% clean energy as soon as possible with priority for local solar and wind projects that create good jobs for Californians.
3) Advancing climate justice by ensuring the participation in policy decisions by those on the front lines of climate impacts and tangible benefits for communities that have borne the brunt of fossil fuel pollution.
CIPL was very involved in passing far-reaching 2018 state law, including a goal of 100% electrical energy by 2045. Check out the details here.
Interested in CIPL’s positions on various forms of energy and related policy? Read about them here.