Vermont Interfaith Power and Light

A faith-based response to global climate change

GREEN MOUNTAINS, BLUE WATER

Green Mountains, Blue Water

Earth Care News
June 2016

Dear Friend, VT Interfaith Power and Light's newsletter is different this month because we are now using an email service. Apologies to those of you (most of you) who did not receive the newsletter in May. After ten years of sending our monthly newsletter ourselves, without an email service, the internet monitoring system largely blocked the distribution of the May newsletter. Going forward, we'll be using this email service so the newsletters will successfully be distributed. I've worked to make sure everyone who was receiving it is still on the list, and a few new addresses have been added. Anyone can sign up for the newsletter at the website www.vtipl.org at the bottom of the website homepage. I hope and expect all will go smoothly now -- still, there may be a few glitches. Please bear with us. Thank you! Betsy Hardy

In this newsletter:
Help VTIPL -- Donations Matched Dollar-for Dollar!
Save the Date: Deep Change for Climate Justice Conference - Oct. 15-16
Resilence - Resistance Convergence in Boston, June 11
Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust
EIV Events in Chittenden & Addison Counties
Faith-based Organizing for Climate Justice
Gubernatorial Debate on Environmental Issues
Confronting Climate Change: A Moral Obligation
In the 1970's, Scientist Warned Exxon about Climate Change
Investigate Exxon
and Four More Articles

HELP VTIPL -- Donations Matched Dollar-for-Dollar!
Because of the challenge grant VTIPL received from national Interfaith Power and Light, donations given will be matched dollar-for-dollar until we complete the match. Please help by sending a check to:
VTIPL
P.O. Box 209
Richmond, VT 05477 or click below to donate online:
Donate here

SAVE the DATE: Deep Change for Climate Justice Conference - Oct. 15-16
This year VTIPL is joining with the Our Children, Climate, Faith Symposium to bring you this inspiring conference October 15-16 in White River Junction. Save the date and plan to come! One of the Keynote speakers will be The Rev. Fred Small. Watch the newsletter for more details in the next few months.

RESILIENCE-RESISTANCE CONVERGENCE in Boston, June 11
Richard Heinberg of the Post Carbon Institute gives the Keynote address at this event in Boston on June 11. Grassroots activists are coming together to hear stories and lessons for strengthening community work, building the New England Resilience and Transition network, and getting inspired! Suggested donation: $15 (but no one turned away for lack of funds). Click here for more info

SACRED EARTH, SACRED TRUST
This worldwide Day of Prayer and Action for People & Planet is Sun., June 12. People from many faiths will pray, take action, and call on world leaders to commit to a 1.5 degree Celsius limit on global temperature rise. More info here

EIV EVENTS in CHITTENDEN & ADDISON COUNTIES
The Energy Independent Vermont (EIV) campaign has several events happening in coming weeks including an event at Shelburne Vineyard on 6/15 and activist training in Middlebury on 6/25. Contact to learn more:
Walter Gustafson 

See a 3-minute video to better understand carbon pricing
here

FAITH-BASED ORGANIZING for CLIMATE JUSTICE
This three-day conference, June 16 - 19, will be held at Pendle Hill, a Quaker retreat center in Pennsylvania. Participants will build skills in lobbying and moral advocacy, community resilience building, and nonviolent direct action. Click for details

GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE on ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Vermont Conservation Voters and Vermont Natural Resources Council co-host this gubernatorial candidate debate on Wednesday, June 22, 6 - 8:30 pm, in the Chapel at Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier. Beginning with a reception at 6 pm, followed by a debate between Republican candidates Phil Scott and Bruce Lisman, it concludes with a debate between the Democratic candidates: Matt Dunne, Peter Galbraith, and Sue Minter. The topics will include: climate change, renewable energy, clean water, and more. Questions? Contact Lauren Hierl

CONFRONTING CLIMATE CHANGE: A MORAL OBLIGATION
In the article by Catholic Bishops Oscar Cantu from the U.S. and Broderick Pabillo from the Philippines, published in "The Hill," a strong case is made for addressing climate change. They call on us to "examine our lifestyles with sobriety and support public policies that place the common good of everyone over the narrow self-interests of the few." Read the article

IN the 1970's, SCIENTIST WARNED EXXON ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE
Claudia Black-Kalinsky's father, James F. Black, PhD, had a distinguished 40-year career as a scientist. He worked at Exxon, starting there when it was Standard Oil. In 1977, he briefed some of Exxon's top executives, warning about the risks of burning fossil fuels. Read Claudia's recent article here

INVESTIGATE EXXON
Exxon's own internal documents have shown that Exxon knew about climate change - and how burning fossil fuels contributes to it - since the 1970's. Yet for over three decades, they've been working to spread doubt about climate change. If you haven't already done so, please click below to sign the petition asking the Department of Justice to investigate and hold Exxon accountable: Click here to sign
Also, click below to send a message to Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell to join other state Attorneys General in calling for an investigation: Send a message

FOUR MORE ARTICLES
--Conservation Law Foundation sues Exxon:
Read here
--Energy equity for low-income households:
Read here
--Solar power saving lives in the U.S.:
Read here
--Will the death of the fossil fuel industry take the economy with it?
Read here
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 info@vtipl.org 

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