Vermont Interfaith Power and Light

A faith-based response to global climate change

GREEN MOUNTAINS, BLUE WATER

 

Earth Care News

May 2017

In this newsletter:
Deb Markowitz to Give Keynote at VTIPL Conference on October 21
Sing Praise to God All the Earth Concert - Friday, May 19th, 7 - 8:30 pm
Merchants of Doubt Film: Manchester Showing, Wednesday, May 24, 7 pm
Festival in the Greens at Spirit in Nature in Ripton - Saturday, May 27
Watershed Action Cruise and Tutorial - Friday, June 16, 9:30 - 4:00
Help Keep Wind Energy Viable in Vermont!
Sign the Petition for the 100 by '50 Act
Tax Reform and Climate Action: The Vermont Case for Carbon Pricing
The Fossil Fuel Industry's Invisible Colonization of Academia

Deb Markowitz to Give Keynote at VTIPL Conference on October 21
Deb Markowitz will be the Keynote Speaker at Vermont Interfaith Power & Light's annual conference on Saturday, Oct. 21 at First Congregational Church in Manchester, VT. Deb was Vermont's Secretary of State for 13 years, then served as Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources for six years. Currently, she is Visiting Professor of Environmental Policy and Leadership in UVM's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. She recently wrote a paper titled The Trump Transition and the Environment about what actions the Trump Administration likely will and won't be able to do related to the environment. Here's the link to the paper.

Sing Praise to God All the Earth Concert - Friday, May 19, 7 - 8:30 pm
This concert, with Jaime Cortez, Tom Kendzia, and Bob Hurd, is part of the Diocese of Burlington's Year of Creation. It will be at St. John Vianney Church, 160 Hinesburg Rd., S. Burlington, and is free and open to all. For more information, call 877-271-3786 or email.

Merchants of Doubt Film: Manchester Showing, Wednesday, May 24, 7 pm
VT Interfaith Power & Light will be showing the documentary Merchants of Doubt at First Congregational Church in Manchester, VT at 7 pm on May 24. The United Church of Dorset and East Rupert and Earth Matters co-sponsor with VTIPL. A discussion will follow. If you'd like to receive a flier for this event or want more information, contact Betsy Hardy at 802-434-3397 or email. All are welcome to this free film showing!

Festival in the Greens at Spirit in Nature in Ripton - Saturday, May 27
This event at the Spirit in Nature trails, happening rain or shine (350 Goshen Rd., Ripton), is from 7 am - 3 pm on May 27. The day starts with a 7 am bird walk led by Craig Zondag. Other activities include guided walks, a poetry & writing experience, Zen and the Art of Seeing, meditations at the labyrinth and more! A potluck lunch will happen at noon. People are invited to come for all or part of the time. More about Spirit in Nature is at the [website.] http://www.spiritinnature.org) Contact: Craig Zondag 802-453-7237.

Watershed Action Cruise and Tutorial - Friday, June 16, 9:30 - 4:00
Throughout the day, members of faith communities will receive much information and resources to help them better understand the challenges and advocate for just solutions for the Lake Champlain Watershed. It will begin with a cruise from Basin Harbor Club to Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, and will include a box lunch and presentations in the auditorium at the Museum in the afternoon. There will also be time to explore the museum, the grounds, and the historic boats. The cost is $25.00. Space is limited. Deadline for reservations and payments: June 1. For more information and the reservation form, click here. (Note: Scroll all the way down on the flier for the reservation form.) Ascension Lutheran Church is sponsoring. Contact: Richard Butz 802-453-6052 or email.

Help Keep Wind Energy Viable in Vermont!
The Public Service Board (PSB) has proposed a rule that lowers the decibel level for wind turbines to 35, which would effectively ban future wind generation in Vermont. Though the hearings are over, you can still submit a comment to the PSB in support of wind energy. Let them know that we need wind as well as solar, hydro, and other renewable energy sources in order to meet the (necessary!) goal of 90% of Vermont's energy from renewable sources by 2050. Now is not the time to be putting up barriers to renewable energy! Go to this page to send a comment to the PSB.

Sign the Petition for the 100 by '50 Act
Sen. Sanders and Sen. Merkley have introduced the 100 by '50 Act - for our country to get 100% of our energy from renewable sources by 2050. Sign the petition to support this Act!

Tax Reform and Climate Action: The Vermont Case for Carbon Pricing
Four different bills, each with a different approach to putting a price on carbon, were introduced in the legislature in April by four VT State Representatives. The legislators now have a chance to look at these bills before the 2017 session ends, and to begin making plans to bring one or more of these bills forward in the 2018 legislative session. It's an opportunity for Vermonters to talk with their representative(s) over the summer and fall, and urge support for passing a bill to put a price on carbon. More information is here. Diana Gonzalez, the State Representative from Winooski who introduced one of the bills, wrote this article, which was in Vermont Digger.

The Fossil Fuel Industry's Invisible Colonization of Academia
This article in the Guardian shows how the fossil fuel industry is funding energy and research centers and projects at universities that give the appearance of neutrality, but are heavily influenced by oil companies and the funding they provide.

VTIPL helps people of faith and spirit better understand 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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