National/International

The Paris Pledge

At the end of 2015, leaders from across the world will meet in Paris to negotiate an agreement on how climate change can be slowed. As people of faith, Interfaith Power & Light communities from across the United States will bring to the table examples of what is possible by taking the Paris Pledge.

What is the Paris Pledge?
The Pledge is a bold 2-step commitment toward sustainability and carbon reduction:

1. By 2030, your congregation commits to reduce its carbon pollution by 50%
2. Your congregation will set a goal of being carbon neutral by 2050

For information on the Paris Pledge, click the link:

http://www.parispledge.org/

En Espanol:

www.parispledge.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/SpanishTranslationAugust2015DIY.pdf

Faith Leader Letter In Support of Rules Addressing Methane Pollution

We live in an amazing and holy moment where decisions made at many levels can have enormous consequences that lead to life or death. How we do business and create energy now has grave moral and ethical implications for human health, climate change devastation and life or death for the most vulnerable populations and the future children.

All of our religious traditions call us to be stewards of creation and care for all brothers and sisters whether they live next door or across the oceans. The recent Papal Encyclical Laudato Si and the Muslim Declaration on Climate Change as well as many other documents affirm stepping up actions to address climate change in a spirit of unity and concern. Within this context we support proposed new guidelines to reduce methane pollution from the oil and gas industry.

Download the entire letter here:

BLM methane faith leader letter 2016


GEORGIA, U.S. LEADERS, ADVOCATES PRAISE EPA CLEAN POWER PLAN

(APN) ATLANTA — Yesterday, Monday, August 03, 2015, President Barack Obama and the  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the final Clean Power Plan, or rule that is intended to turn the tide on climate change.

Click here to read the entire article:

http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2015/08/04/georgia-u-s-leaders-advocates-praise-epa-clean-power-plan/


EPA unveils Clean Power Plan, as faith groups quick to embrace

To read the article click the link:

http://ncronline.org/blogs/eco-catholic/epa-unveils-clean-power-plan-faith-groups-quick-embrace


Why communities of faith care about methane regulations on oil and gas

By Susan Stephenson Executive Director, Interfaith Power & Light and Sister Joan Brown Executive Director, New Mexico Interfaith Power & Light

 

Interfaith Power & Light, a national network of 15,000 faith communities, is calling for urgent regulation of methane from the nation’s oil and gas development. Why do clergy and faith communities care about this seemingly obscure regulatory issue? Because in every part of the country, people from all walks of life are seeing and suffering from the impacts of air and water contamination by methane.

 


National Advocacy – Every action is important to lead us to a viable future.

Bill Moyers interviews Tim DeChristopher:  Only weeks after his release from prison, the activist talks with Bill about the necessity of civil disobedience in the fight for environmental justice.  Here is the link. http://billmoyers.com/segment/why-tim-dechristopher-went-to-prison-for-his-protest/

Pope Francis advocates for the Earth on World Environment Day, June 5, 2013Please read this.

Opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline

Your voice calling for solutions other than the Keystone XL pipeline is needed.Please take action.Keystone XL and People of<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Faith.

* Our brothers and sisters of the First Nations are suffering from the pollution of their land, water and air in Canada from this project.
*Mothers, fathers, farmers and ranchers throughout the US are concerned about leaks.
*All of us need to be concerned about increasing reliance upon such dirty sources of energy which move us away from energy efficiency and renewable energy.
*People of faith are concerned about all of these things, and the increase in carbon emissions.
Your comments against Keystone XL to the U.S. State Department for the comment period for the Keystone XL Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) up to the closing date of April 22, 2013.
Comments go directly to the U.S. State Department with a CC: to Obama. While technically these comments go to the Secretary of State John Kerry; however, it is President Obama who is ultimately charged with the Keystone XL decision.
RESOURCES:
National Climate Assessment: