Interfaith Power and Light: a Religious Response to Global Warming
I would like to invite you to consider joining Interfaith Power & Light, as I have done. As the planet faces an unprecedented global climate crisis that is already negatively impacting many communities around the world, especially lower income people and those in the Southern hemisphere, it is time for the religious communities to work together to address this issue. IPL is doing great educational work and is well worth supporting. I recently took part in an event at a Catholic Church sponsored by this organization and Progressive Christians Uniting and was deeply impressed. Here's a letter I recently received from this organization that explains its mission:
[Those involved with] Interfaith Power & Light [seek] to be faithful stewards of Creation by responding to climate change and promoting clean energy solutions. Global warming is one of the biggest threats facing humanity today. The integrity of life – life that religious people are called to protect – is jeopardized by our continued dependency on fossil fuels for energy. By adding your voice to our network, you’re taking a powerful stand to protect the Earth for future generations.
IPL is a growing national network, encompassing 40 state affiliates, 18,000 congregations, and hundreds of thousands of individuals. We believe global warming is not just a scientific or political issue, but a moral issue that our country must address from the perspective of our shared values: our responsibility to be stewards of Creation and to leave a safe climate for our children and future generations.
IPL congregations are walking the talk by modeling energy stewardship and promoting energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy in our houses of worship. But in order to truly stem the tide of climate change, we need policy change on the local, state, national, and international levels. That’s why IPL advocates for immediate limits on carbon pollution and a rapid transition to a clean energy economy.
We are excited that you have joined us, and we look forward to working with you to protect Creation.
The Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham President, Interfaith Power & Light