Pittsburgh Chapter PA IPL

Interfaith Power and Light Mission
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. This campaign intends to protect the earth’s ecosystems, safeguard the health of all Creation, and ensure sufficient, sustainable energy for all.
Global warming is one of the biggest threats facing humanity today. The very existence of life – life that religious people are called to protect – is jeopardized by our continued dependency on fossil fuels for energy. Every major religion has a mandate to care for Creation. We were given natural resources to sustain us, but we were also given the responsibility to act as good stewards and preserve life for future generations.
For 16 years, IPL has been helping congregations address global warming by being better stewards of energy. The campaign has a track record of tangible results: shrinking carbon footprints and educating hundreds of thousands of people in the pews about the important role of people of faith in addressing this most challenging issue.
In addition to practicing energy stewardship in our facilities, IPL brings the voice of the faith community into the policy-making arena. We know that our actions alone cannot stem the tide of climate change – we need to enact public policies to advance clean energy and to limit carbon pollution. IPL is working to support policy change at the local, state, and national levels.
As people of faith, our mission includes being advocates for vulnerable people and communities that are the most heavily impacted by climate change. From air pollution to droughts to rising seas, it is poor people who are being hit first and worst by global warming. Our goal is to ensure that climate policies provide adaptation and mitigation support for communities domestically and internationally whose health and survival is at stake. We also aim to make sure that all people can participate in and benefit from the growing clean energy economy.

Some important resources: 

Becoming a Pittsburgh Chapter  – Working Agreement between PA IPL and associated area.

Working Agreement between Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light and Chapters

Introduction

The health, strength and impact of PA IPL is directly related to the health, strength and impact of PA IPL’s Chapters located throughout the state. Each Chapter has its own history, personality and focus.  Each group shares with PA IPL a commitment to our common mission: to be a community constituted of congregations, faith-based organizations and individuals of faith responding to climate change as a moral issue, through advocacy, energy conservation, energy efficiency, and the use of clean, renewable energy.  Chapters bring the mission of PA IPL to a larger audience; help shape its work by bringing specific, on-the-ground experiences to PA IPL and other Chapters; and assist in building membership.

This agreement is meant to provide clarity to the relationship between PA IPL and its Chapters, and outline a structure to support our shared goals.  

Common Message

Each area Chapter 

  • Focuses its work on climate change as a moral issue
  • Speaks with a faith-based, non-partisan voice on these issues
  • Takes local positions, and acts in accordance with, resolutions, campaigns and positions adopted by PA IPL

Identity

  • Area groups are known by [geographic area] Chapter
  • Chapters use the PA IPL name, identifying graphics and logo on all communications
  • Participants in Chapters are encouraged to become members of PA IPL, either as individuals or as representatives of their respective faith communities
  • Individuals and groups seeking to establish new Chapters consult with the PA IPL Board and staff

Governance

  • The PA IPL Board will select members of the Board of Directors to serve as a liaison to each Chapter
  • Each Chapter will select its own leadership, and communicate those names to their PA IPL Board liaison
  • Each Chapter will adopt its own internal decision-making process

Joining as a Member or as a Congregation?

Eco Theology Short Syllabus

ECO-theology short syllabus

Eco Theology Resources

Earth Spirit Rising: Sacred Text References

ECO RESOURCE list III

Sustaining Creation – Quite a few videos for discussion

Climate Justice Field Manual

Rights of Earth and the Earth Charter

The Earth Charter

  • The link to the UN’s website Living in Harmony with Nature that lists the laws worldwide that give Nature rights: www.harmonywithnatureun.org . It also offers: extensive written and audio-visual material focusing on a non-anthropocentric view of the world derived from analysis, reports and research in the fields of ethics, science, ecological economics, literature, politics, social sciences, philosophy, deep ecology, systems thinking and Earth jurisprudence. The information contained herein supports the belief that we must move away from a human-centered worldview and build governance structures in which Nature is treated in partnership with humankind.