Vermont Interfaith Power & Light

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GREEN MOUNTAINS, BLUE WATER

GREEN MOUNTAINS, BLUE WATER:
Earth Care News from
Vermont Interfaith Power and Light (VTIPL)
July 2015

In this newsletter:
VTIPL Conference Update
Katy Gerke Memorial Program: 2014 Report
Tell Congress: Support the Green Climate Fund!
Actions to Stop Oil Trains
350VT Legislative Session - July 9
Our Children, Climate, Faith Symposium
Pope's Encyclical: Laudato Si
Forum on the Pope's Encyclical - Sept. 8
Vermont's New Renewable Energy Standard
Vermont Joins the "Under 2 MOU" Agreement
Pagan Statement on the Environment
Other Resources

VTIPL CONFERENCE UPDATE
VTIPL's 2015 conference - on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Christ
Episcopal Church in Montpelier - features Tim DeChristopher
as Keynote speaker. Find out more about him and support his
work here: www.timdechristopher.org
Other highlights include workshops to engage and inspire
people of faith and spirit to be leaders on climate- encouraging
action on divestment, putting a price on carbon, and more!
Many sponsoring organizations will have displays and, as in
past years, the "bookstore" will offer wonderful books for sale.
Registration for the conference will open in the coming month.
Mark your calendar and plan to come!

KATY GERKE MEMORIAL PROGRAM: 2014 Report
In 2014, five faith communities applied for and received VTIPL
matching grants totaling over $17,000 from our Katy Gerke
Memorial Program (KGMP). The grants were for energy
audits and projects to improve buildings' energy efficiency.
Read the details in the 2014 KGMP Annual Report posted on
our website: http://www.vtipl.org/Annual%20Report%202014
Churches may now apply for 2015 grants. An outline of the
program and application forms are on the website: http://www.vtipl.org/node/270

TELL CONGRESS: Support the Green Climate Fund!
Contact our senators - through Interfaith Power and Light
national's action page - to urge support for the Green Climate
Fund to help vulnerable countries adapt to climate change.
And if you have friends and relatives in "red" states, you can
forward the link and ask them to take action.
Go to: http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/50836/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_...

ACTIONS to STOP OIL TRAINS
-The 2nd anniversary of the train explosion in Lac Magantic,
Quebec is on July 6. On Monday, July 6 in Burlington, people
will gather at the ECHO Center cul de sac at the end of College
Street from 7 - 8 pm for a candlelight vigil. This is one of over
100 events happening throughout the US and Canada during
the week to demand an immediate ban on oil trains.
-On Tuesday, July 7, there will be a shore-to-shore flotilla
across Lake Champlain from Shoreham to Ticonderoga, NY
to protest oil trains traveling along the west side of the lake.
It begins at 10 am at the Hanson Road Public Boat Launch in
Shoreham, followed by a symbolic train blockade in Ticonderoga
at 11 am, then a rally, music and lunch at the Ticonderoga Boat
Launch at noon. The flotilla across the lake will be at 2 pm.
To learn more, email blockthetrains@riseup.net

350 VT LEGISLATIVE SESSION - JULY 9
Come to the New Shelter at Hubbard Park in Montpelier at
5:30 pm on 7/9 with your beverage and a side dish to share
for a recap of the climate action highlights of the 2015 session
and to begin shaping the 2016 priorities. Representative Mary
Hooper, Maeve McBride and other leaders will be there with
much information to share. 350VT is providing the burgers.
Be sure to RSVP to Brittany@350vt.org

OUR CHILDREN, CLIMATE, FAITH SYMPOSIUM
This 3rd annual symposium will be Aug. 8 - 9 at the Town House
in Strafford. Jay O'Hara, who used a lobster boat to blockade
coal shipments, will be one of the Keynote speakers. Find out
more and register at www.FaithClimateConference.org

POPE'S ENCYCLICAL: Laudato Si
An encyclical is an important church teaching, and the one
Pope Francis recently released is the first encyclical ever
written that focuses on the environment. Here is the link:
http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-fra...
For links to many articles, radio stories and more about
the encyclical, go to: http://fore.yale.edu/news-related-to-pope-francis-climate-change-and-the...

FORUM on the POPE'S ENCYCLICAL: Sept. 8
Save the date for this evening forum on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at
McCarthy Arts Center at St. Michael's College. More info will
be in the next newsletter.

VERMONT'S NEW RENEWABLE ENERGY STANDARD
The state legislature recently passed "a landmark renewable
energy standard" which will benefit Vermonters. Here are two
articles to find out more about it: www.vecan.net/comprehensive-energy-bill-passes/
www.vpirg.org/resources/vermont-just-passed-a-renewable-energy-standard-heres-what-it-does/

VERMONT JOINS the "UNDER 2 MOU" AGREEMENT
Vermont signed onto this agreement, launched by California
Governor Jerry Brown, to keep the global temperature rise
below 2 degrees Celsius. Read more about it here:
www.vermontbiz.com/news/may/vermont-joins-first-its-kind-international-effort-combat-climate-change

PAGAN STATEMENT on the ENVIRONMENT
An international gathering of 40 - 50 pagan individuals and
representatives of pagan groups wrote this statement and
published it on Earth Day 2015. Over 6,500 people have signed
onto it. Read it here: www.ecopagan.com

OTHER RESOURCES:
White House report on climate change & security implications:
www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/National_Security_Implications_of_Changing_Climate_Final_051915.pdf
What's Really Warming the World? Findings from NASA data.
Scroll down to see the graphs and watch the changes:
www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2015-whats-warming-the-world/

VTIPL educates people of faith and spirit about the climate
crisis and actions to care for Earth.

Vermont Interfaith Power and Light
P.O. Box 209, Richmond, VT 05477
info@vtipl.org 802-434-3397 www.vtipl.org

 

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