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Climate Change International Conference Meets in Paris

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PARIS – AND THE WORLD – CAME THROUGH!!

WE ARE CELEBRATING!!

With fresh hope and renewed commitment…we request your financial support.

The Paris Climate talks (COP-21) just concluded, boasting the greatest gathering of world leaders in history! There are 196 countries in the world. Negotiators from all 196 nations came together to unanimously approve a landmark climate agreement and have pledged specific climate actions. The entire WORLD is collaboratively responding to the crisis!!

The immensity of the challenge calls on all of us to be part of the solutions And here at home, in Delaware, our religious communities – each in their own way, inspired by their own faith – are embracing this moral imperative and taking action.

They are serving as energy resource centers and demonstration sites…They are forming stewardship teams and hosting energy seminars…They are planting community gardens, installing solar panels, distributing energy efficiency kits, and pledging individual acts of conservation…They are meeting with legislators, promoting clean energy policies and advocating for resources for low-income communities…They are partnering with the neighborhoods they serve; promoting money savings, green job creation and healthier environments.

And Delaware Interfaith Power and Light is serving those communities.

To help us extend and expand our important work, please click–> to make a tax deductible donation.

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United Nations Conference on Climate Change

COP-21

Nov. 30-Dec. 11, 2015

What should give us hope that this is a turning point, that this is the moment we finally determined we would save our planet, is the fact that our nations share a sense of urgency about this challenge and a growing realization that it is within our power to do something about it.

President Barack Obama, opening session of the COP-21 meeting.

CONSIDER…

180 COUNTRIES making commitments to cut carbon emissions and embrace a clean, renewable energy era.

** THE LARGEST GATHERING OF WORLD LEADERS IN HISTORY! 40,000 WORLD CITIZENS gathering in Paris.

2,300 EVENTS across 175 COUNTRIES attended by 785,000 PEOPLE of all ages, races, backgrounds and faiths.

22,000 PAIRS OF SHOES, including those of Pope Francis and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, were placed at Place de la Republique, on behalf of the 400,000 people who had been expected to march before heightened security measures were implemented.

10,000 PEOPLE HELD HANDS in solidarity with communities most imminently affected by climate change.

18,000,000 PEOPLE OF FAITH SIGNED A PETITION calling for more action on climate change, delivered to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change executive secretary, Christiana Figueres.

YOU can be a part of it!!

Contact Delaware Interfaith Power & Light for resources, activities and support…joining voices, taking action, raising hopes.

info@delawareipl.org / 616.914.1597/ https://www.facebook.com/deilpl

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Moral Action on Climate Vigil

CandlesOn Wednesday, September 23, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Unitarian and Buddhist voices united in support of Pope Francis’ message on “Care of Our Common Home.”

Gathering on the steps of First & Central Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, faith leaders offered reflections from their diverse religious traditions on our shared responsibility to address the causes and impacts of climate change; to care for Creation and for each other.

Similar vigils were scheduled around the country on the eve of Pope Francis’ historic address to Congress.

Senator Tom Carper sent a statement of support and Senator Chris Coons delivered his own message of appreciation and respect, announcing that the day before, a bill had been introduced to support clean and renewable energy and reduce fossil fuel production. See links to local coverage:

Delaware News Journal http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2015/09/23/pope-arrives-del-religious-leaders-target-climate-change/72700926/

Delaware Public Media (WDDE)
http://delawarepublic.org/post/faith-leaders-gather-reflect-pope-francis-stance-climate-change#stream/0

Moral Action on Climate Vigil

On September 24, Pope Francis will address a joint session of Congress.

On September 23, people of all ages and faiths around the country will join voices, light candles and pledge action supporting his message of Climate Action as a Moral Imperative.

Speakers, pledges, petitions, resources.
Bring your family, friends, co-­workers…and help spread the word!!

For more information contact: Lisa Locke, Delaware Interfaith Power & Light

llocke@delawareipl.org / 616.914.1597

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Faith communities throughout Delaware celebrate release of Pope Francis’ Encyclical.

This Encyclical, Laudato Si’ (“Be praised” or “Praise be to you”) explores the relationship between creation care, sustainability of the environment and concern for the poor — all foundational themes for the great religions of the world. It is the first encyclical in history to specifically address humanity’s relationship with the environment and, unlike any previous encyclical, was addressed to every person on the planet. (See DEIPL Press Release)

Check here for Faith Resources for the Papal Encyclical.

We are one of 40 state affiliates of Interfaith Power & Light, founded by the Rev. Canon Sally Bingham. We have 25 member congregations whot have made a commitment to offering a religious response to climate change and to the care-taking of Creation.

We consider our work – whether sharing scriptures, hosting workshops, distributing eco-kits, expanding green space, coordinating solar energy projects, creating partnerships or meeting with legislators – a moral imperative.  Our goal, ultimately, is to assure the preservation of a healthy, sustainable planet but, closer to home, to improve the everyday quality of life of our families, our neighbors and our communities.

We have a range of partners we work with on related projects such as church energy audits and the Heat Health Warning System. Please take the time to learn and get involved.

Why Delawareans, especially, should get involved.

One of the major expected outcomes of climate change is a rise in sea level due the melting of polar ice.  Delawareans especially should be concerned about this because our state has the lowest average elevation of all fifty states – sixty feet.  The Delaware shoreline will look very different in years to come. In the shorter term, changes in habitat due to beach erosion are already stressing local wildlife such as the Horseshoe Crab, a major food source for migrating birds, featured in this video produced by the Teleduction company based at Wilmington’s waterfront.

Delaware Interfaith Power and Light is working with religious communities to raise awareness of how our daily habits contribute to the warming of our planet, and to teach how we can live more responsibly.  Please like us on Facebook, tweet our blog posts, join in this effort!  Saving a planet is a big order!

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