Vermont Interfaith Power and Light

A faith-based response to global climate change

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Earth Care News

February 2017

In this newsletter:
Moving Forward on Climate - Without Washington
Merchants of Doubt Film Showing in Montpelier - February 28
Montpelier Women's March
Protect Creation Not Pipelines!
Vermont Ethics Reform Petition
Webinar: Faith Groups' Involvement in April 29 Mobilization in Washington
Kairos Earth and Partners 2017 River Pilgrimage
Vermont's Environmental Common Agenda
Thank You Note to President Trump
2016 - Hottest Year on Record

Moving Forward on Climate - Without Washington
Join a LIVE webinar with Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 7 pm. Bernie will share his views about what it means to our work on the climate crisis now that we have President Trump's fossil-fuel-favoring administration and a Congress dominated by climate deniers. Hear Bernie's ideas about what we can do -- how to redouble our efforts. In addition to Bernie, others speakers will include Addison County State Senator Christopher Bray and other leading environmental advocates. Register now for this important webinar! Contact Johanna Miller for more information.

Merchants of Doubt Film Showing in Montpelier - February 28
Trinity United Methodist Church in Montpelier hosts VT Interfaith Power & Light's (VTIPL) showing of Merchants of Doubt at 6:30 pm on Tues., Feb. 28. The film documents how the fossil fuel industry has for decades been paying "experts" to deceive the public about global climate change. Taking a page from the tobacco industry playbook, Exxon Mobil and other companies have spread doubt so the public thinks there is disagreement among scientists about the causes and severity of global warming (when in fact, 97% of climate scientists worldwide agree). In this way, the fossil fuel industry has managed to block government action and continue selling oil and gas despite this being a major cause of global warming. The film showing is free and open to all. Following the film, we'll have a discussion which includes ideas for action. For more information, contact VTIPL at 802-434-3397 or email.

Montpelier Women's March
In Montpelier and around the world, people turned out in record numbers on January 21 to march and speak out against many of President Trump's positions, and to be in solidarity for women's rights and the rights of others, including concern for Earth. Check out photos of the Montpelier event, taken from above.

Protect Creation Not Pipelines!
Through the National Interfaith Power & Light website, you can send a letter to President Trump urging him to build a clean energy future rather than more dirty oil pipelines. For the sake of vulnerable communities around the world and for all of Creation, we need to fight for this!

Vermont Ethics Reform
Vermont is one of only three states that doesn't have an ethics commission. To bolster the public's trust and ensure honest and open government, strong ethical guidelines are needed. The Vermont Senate is working on this issue. By signing the petition, you can show support for strong legislation that establishes an ethics commission, restricts campaign donors from receiving lucrative state contracts from the elected officials to whom they've donated ("pay to play"), requires reasonable financial disclosures, restricts the "revolving door" between lobbyists and public officials, and more.

Webinar: Faith Groups' Involvement in April 29 Mobilization in Washington
Join this webinar on Monday, Feb. 6 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm to find out more about faith groups' involvement in the People's Climate Movement Mobilization on April 29 in Washington, D.C. GreenFaith is organizing. Register for the webinar here.

Kairos Earth and Partners 2017 River Pilgrimage
Kairos Earth, The Episcopal Churches of New England, and the New England Synod of the ELCA (Lutheran), in partnership with other organizations along the Connecticut River, are organizing the first-ever pilgrimage - 40 days - along the full length of the river. People of all backgrounds, faiths, and beliefs are welcome to join. At the Kairos Earth website, find details about the pilgrimage and register for part or all of it.

Vermont's Environmental Common Agenda
Vermont Conservation Voters, with a number of partner organizations, just released this Environmental Common Agenda - a guide to Vermont's most pressing environmental priorities in 2017. Read it here.

Thank You Note to President Trump
Fr. Michael Marsh, an Episcopal priest in West Texas, says in this letter that he's thankful to President Trump for helping him see more clearly America's addiction to and romance with violence. It has challenged him "to be and do better."

2016 - Hottest Year on Record

The streak of three record-breaking hottest years in a row reflects the fast pace of global warming seen around the world. This article has details.

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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