Vermont Interfaith Power and Light

A faith-based response to global climate change

GREEN MOUNTAINS, BLUE WATER

In this newsletter:
Many Thanks to Our Supporters!
Days Against Denial
Join Our Vigil of Hope!
Year of Creation in Vermont's Catholic Diocese
Root and Trails
Solar in Your Community Challenge
Better Buildings By Design Conference
Resist Trump Network
Will We Miss Our Last Chance to Save the World from Climate Change?

Many Thanks to Our Supporters!
We are very grateful to the 26 faith communities and 55 individuals who gave donations to Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (VTIPL) in 2016 - thank you - we depend on your support to continue this work!

Days Against Denial
This action, on Monday, Jan. 9 beginning at Noon, is to call on our senators to fight against President-elect Trump's most dangerous cabinet picks: Rex Tillerson (for Sec. of State); Scott Pruitt (to head EPA); Rick Perry (as Energy Secretary; and Ryan Zinke (for Interior Secretary). They would take us backward on energy policy and action. Organized by 350 Vermont's Burlington group, people will gather at 1 Church Street in Burlington, the site of Sen. Sanders' office, and will express thanks for Sen. Sanders' leadership on climate and energy, then will go to Sen. Leahy's office to urge him to fight against these cabinet nominees. Find out more here. Contact for more information: Judith Raven.

Join Our Vigil of Hope!
VT Interfaith Power & Light is holding a Vigil of Hope on Inauguration Day, Friday, January 20, at 5 pm in Burlington at the top of Church Street in front of the Unitarian Universalist Church. We will stand together to show our resistance to the Trump Administration's climate denier cabinet and to hold in the light those in this country and around the world who are suffering as a result of global climate change. To learn more, contact VTIPL.

Year of Creation in Vermont's Catholic Diocese
Vermont's Roman Catholic Diocese, the Diocese of Burlington, has designated 2017 as the Year of Creation, and will have an intentional, heightened focus on ecological justice. The Diocese will have various events and initiatives on this theme. It will make resources available to help people understand and to encourage exploration of Pope Francis' 2015 encyclical Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home. The encyclical, which is addressed to "every person on this planet," speaks of how people are shaping the future of the created world. In it, Pope Francis calls on everyone to join him on a new path based on integral ecology, and asks us to acknowledge the urgency of pursuing ecological justice. Bishop Coyne, leader of Vermont's Catholic Diocese, noted that in the encyclical, Pope Francis emphasized that concern for the created world is not optional; it is an integral part of Church teaching on social justice. VTIPL's Coordinator, Betsy Hardy, serves on the Year of Creation committee. More information will be included in coming VTIPL newsletters.

Roots and Trails
This Eco-Jewish education and mentoring organization offers a number of programs including Peering Beyond the Lake Paddling Journey, July 27 - 30, and Pausing into Time Paddling Adventure, August 3 - 7. Find out more at their website. Contact for more information: Jessica Rubin.

Solar in Your Community Challenge
This is a $5 million contest for bringing solar power to under-served communities. It calls on innovators to join key stakeholders in communities in order to create new solar markets for low and moderate income households, non-profits, and local governments. Go to the website to find out more about this challenge.

Better Buildings By Design Conference
Efficiency Vermont's Better Buildings by Design conference will be held on February 1 & 2 at the Sheraton, Burlington, with over 40 workshops and keynote speaker Ann V. Edminster. Register by January 9 to get the lower rate. Click here to register.

Resist Trump Network
This network of organizations will resist the Trump Administration's agenda and actions that threaten our climate and environment. The network knows the importance of standing together against the administration's pro-fossil fuel and anti-climate policies. Organizations are encouraged to sign up.

Will We Miss Our Last Chance to Save the World from Climate Change?
This Rolling Stone article by James Hansen was published in the magazine in December 2016.

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

 

 

 

Subscribe to Our Monthly Newsletter


Site Design, Programming & Development by Maine Web FX