Concern About the Trump Agenda is Stronger than Ever

by Duane Nichols on January 22, 2017


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>> The mission of Interfaith Power & Light is to be faithful stewards of Creation by responding to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.

Dear Friends,

These are historic days, as we witness the peaceful transfer of power to a new president. I revere our democratic principles but I am concerned about our new president’s agenda. He has indicated he will roll back critical environmental and climate protections, weaken the EPA, and take the U.S. out of the historic Paris climate accord. We must not let that happen.

Now is the time to renew our commitment and redouble our efforts to protect Creation and be the stewards of this planet. We will stand up to those who would harm Creation and we will defend vulnerable people and communities who are suffering the impacts of extreme weather, pollution, and sea rise. Join me in renewing your commitment today.

Our cause could not be more urgent. Scientists announced this week that 2016 was the warmest year on record. The amount of heat we are putting into the Earth’s atmosphere each year is equivalent to 400,000 Hiroshima bombs exploding across the planet every day.

Yet I have hope because people are waking up to the existential threat to Creation posed by global warming, and they are getting involved. Houses of worship are going green. And every day I hear about the amazing work you and your faith communities are doing.

Many IPL congregations are hosting vigils for the Earth this weekend. Join a vigil. Pray, be in community, and act.

More than ever, your voice matters. We need your help to build a bigger, more committed, more powerful, values-based movement to protect Creation. Please join with IPL and pledge to redouble your commitment to the Earth and each other. Become even more involved with the IPL affiliate in your state.  Invite more people, and other faith communities, to address the climate issues affecting your city and state. Let your elected officials hear from you — often. Take the lead on local initiatives.

Take the pledge today. Together, we will prevail.

Keeping the faith, The Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham
President, Interfaith Power & Light

Address: Interfaith Power & Light
369 Pine St., Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94104

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Sally Bingham January 22, 2017 at 11:16 am

January 17, 2017 from IPL —

Statement by The Rev. Sally Bingham on the U.S. making its $500 million contribution to the Green Climate Fund
Interfaith Power & Light was pleased that today the U.S. met its second commitment to help developing nations adapt to climate change and to transition their economies away from fossil fuels with a $500 million contribution to the Green Climate Fund.

This investment in mitigation and adaptation is not only a moral obligation for the U.S., but also a sound investment in alleviating poverty and ensuring global food security now and in the future. Climate change presents a threat to all of Creation, but most particularly to vulnerable populations living in poverty around the globe. As people of faith, we have a responsibility to consider the needs of others and answer God’s call to care for the least among us.

Those without the means to adapt to climate disruption or the ability to recover from devastating impacts like drought, flooding, and severe storms will require aid when disasters occur. These problems will only be exacerbated if we do not support climate resilience efforts now. The Green Climate Fund gives the U.S. a vehicle to do our share.

We are pleased that the Obama administration was able to continue the United States’ bipartisan tradition of support for climate resilience and renewable energy technologies in developing nations. This is an important second installment of our $3 billion pledge and shows the rest of the world that the U.S. is keeping our word and doing our part.

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For more information or to set up an interview with The Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, please contact Interfaith Power & Light at (415) 561-4891.

Interfaith Power & Light is mobilizing a religious response to global warming in houses of worship across America. Our 40 state affiliates reach over 18,000 congregations. We are modeling clean energy solutions in our facilities and advocating for climate protection.


Bill McKibben January 26, 2017 at 8:58 am

From Faith to Action: Fossil Fuel Divestment More Vital Than Ever

Insuring a rapid and just transition away from fossil fuels towards clean energy must remain a global priority

>>> By Bill McKibben, Common Dreams, January 23, 2017

In a world where too many institutions now worship power and wealth, the Church remains a citadel of the word, a place where ideas matter. And words have rarely been used with more power than by Pope Francis in his majestic Laudato Si.  I spent several weeks living with it, as I wrote a detailed review for the New York Review of Books, America’s principal journal of letters; but I have a feeling I will be returning to it for the rest of my life.

Of course, the eternal question is how to make words real. And a Vatican conference on “Laudato Si and Catholic Investing” offers a remarkable opportunity. Because if we’re serious about “drastically reducing” carbon emissions in “the next few years,” as both the Pope and the world’s scientists recommend, then we have to begin by reducing the power of the fossil fuel industry.

We know now that that industry has spent decades trying to cover up the truth about climate change—remarkable investigative reporting in the U.S., for instance, has shown that the largest oil company, Exxon, learned from its scientists as early as the late 1970s that the planet was set to warm quickly and dangerously. But instead of sharing this sign of the times, the company—and its industry peers—papered over the warnings.

“Simply put, those who are still trying to make money by overheating the planet are failing the test of stewardship.”

This kind of behavior continues to this day, as across the world the fossil fuel industry funds politicians who delay action. That’s because their bottom line is dependent on digging up their reserves, which contain five times more carbon than scientists think we can safely burn. Their business plan guarantees an earth where poor people starve as crops wither, where refugees flee sinking cities and eroding coastlines, and where the natural world that we were charged with stewarding loses so many of the creatures that God put here among us.

In response, the most massive divestment movement in history has grown up to try and press for change. It began with religious direction—Nobel laureate and Anglican archbishop Desmond Tutu recommended that we use this tool, which had helped take down South African apartheid a generation ago, in the fight against what he called the great human rights challenge of our time. His call has been answered by institutions both religious and secular around the world, everyone from the California employees retirement fund to the World Council of Churches. Catholic institutions have played an important role already: the University of Dayton in the U.S. was one of the first colleges to join the effort, followed by others like Georgetown. They’ve been joined by stalwarts like Trocaire and the Franciscan Sisters of Mary; by Brazilian dioceses and the Missionary Society of St. Columban; by Passionists from New Guinea and Vietnam; by French Catholic anti-hunger activists; by faithful Catholics everywhere.

But now’s the moment for greater, more central action, following the lead of Cardinal Turkson, who pointed out on the release of Laudato Si that “a genuine examination of conscience would recognize not only our individual failings but our institutional failings.” Simply put, those who are still trying to make money by overheating the planet are failing the test of stewardship. As Catholic Cardinals, Patriarchs and Bishops from across the planet said in an important 2015 statement, we must “put an end to the fossil fuel era.” Those words are serious, and should have clear consequences for the investment policy of the Vatican and other Catholic institutions.

Many have argued, convincingly, that there’s a strong economic case to be made for divestment, as the fossil fuel industry begins to falter in the face of challenge from renewable industry. And indeed those who have divested have reaped financial gain. But at least for faith-based institutions, that’s not the reason they did so. As the head of the Catholic University of Dayton said when they divested their $600 million portfolio in 2014, “We cannot ignore the negative consequences of climate change, which disproportionately impact the world’s most vulnerable people.”

2016 was the warmest year we’ve ever measured on the planet, smashing the record set in 2015, which in turn smashed the record set in 2014. 2017 must be the year when we set records for action, for caring—for turning fine words into finer reality.



WV Churches February 8, 2017 at 11:20 am

West Virginia Council of Churches
Ecumenical Calling
February 8, 2017

State of Appalachia Conference – March 31 – April 1, 2017
The West Virginia Council of Churches is co-sponsoring the State of Appalachia Conference to be held March 31 – April 1 at Pipestem State Park. The conference will focus on the health, economy, ecology, and spirituality of Appalachia.

Over 50 years ago, the Commission on Religion in Appalachia (CORA) formed as a voice for justice in the mountains. Many who continue to echo its message feel that now is an especially meaningful and critically important time to come together once again to examine the economic, environmental and spiritual conditions of our region, to problem solve, and to organize.

For more information and to register for the Conference, please click below:

Limited scholarships are available.


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