Vermont Interfaith Power and Light

A faith-based response to global climate change

July 2016

Earth Care News

July 2016

In this newsletter:
Deep Change for Climate Justice: Coalescing a Transformational Movement
Merchants of Doubt Film Showing -- July 12 in Montpelier
Zero Energy Now Program
Faith Voter Guide
Rising to the Challenge Book Discussion
Way To Go! Challenge -- September 26 - October 7
What Exxon Knew 40 Years Ago
Burlington Rally Encourages Attorneys General to Investigate Exxon
US Helps India Finance Solar -- Living on Earth Story
And Four More Articles

Deep Change for Climate Justice: Coalescing a Transformational Movement
VTIPL and Our Children, Climate, Faith Symposium are collaborating to bring you this conference October 15-16 in White River Junction. Options to attend both days or either day will be offered. Plans are coming together for a fantastic event - don't miss it! Conference leaders include The Rev. Fred Small, long-time climate activist and pastor, and Sherri Mitchell, a lawyer and environmental and indigenous rights activist. For more information, go to the conference website. The website and this newsletter will have more details in coming months.

Merchants of Doubt Film Showing - July 12 in Montpelier
Join us at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Montpelier (130 Main St.) for this film showing on July 12 at 6:30 pm, followed by discussion. The 90-minute documentary exposes the concerted strategy Exxon and other corporations used, taking a page from the tobacco industry playbook, to create doubts about the facts of global climate change. It shows how the fossil fuel industry has been so successful in blocking government action on climate. Even if you think you know the story, come see this important film! For more information, contact VTIPL at 802-434-3397 or by email

Zero Energy Now Program
The Zero Energy Now program (ZEN) will help homeowners, small business owners, and others make their buildings more energy efficient, add renewable energy, and provide financial incentives for those in the former CVPS territory. Green Mountain Power is providing funding. The program launch was June 7 in Richmond at VTIPL Coordinator Betsy Hardy's home, which is also the VTIPL office. Speakers at the launch event included Peter Welch, GMP Executive Mary Powell, and Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz, among others. Hardy's home now produces more energy over the course of a year than is used. A house tour was part of the event. Watch the video here. The ZEN website has more information.

Faith Voter Guide
National Interfaith Power and Light collaborated this year with the organization Faith in Public Life on their Faith Voter Guide, so it now includes global warming among the important issues addressed. The guide is here.

Rising to the Challenge Book Discussion
Rising to the Challenge: The Transition Movement and People of Faith is a new book by Ruah Swennerfelt, a Quaker and VTIPL board member. A book discussion will be held on August 18 from 6 - 7:30 pm at the Peace and Justice Center (PJC), in the Main Street Landing Building on the corner of College and Lake Streets in Burlington. The book is on sale at PJC. More information is on the book's webpage.

Way To Go! Challenge -- September 26 - October 7
This annual two-week challenge is not just about alternative ways of commuting to work. Congregations can join the challenge and could win the Carbon Throw Down Trophy or the coveted Carbon Cup! Perhaps some youth groups will get involved in promoting the challenge. When you sign up for the 2016 Way To Go Challenge happening 9/26 - 10/7, you'll help battle carbon pollution and be eligible to win great prizes. The idea is to walk, run, bike, bus, carpool or telecommute as often as possible for the two weeks - and any trip counts, not just the commute to work. Help prevent 500,000 pounds of carbon pollution! The Facebook page has more information. Contact David Speidel, a member of Charlotte Congregational Church, for more information and ideas. Go here for the promotion kit.

What Exxon Knew 40 Years Ago
Exxon's own scientists were on the cutting edge of climate science 40 years ago and advised the company's chief executives of coming risks. Watch this short video to see what happened next.

Burlington Rally Encourages Attorneys General to Investigate Exxon
Bill McKibben and dozens of others turned out for this rally, held while Attorneys General were meeting in Burlington, to support the AGs and ask them to keep up the push to investigate Exxon. Read the VT Digger story here.

US Helps India Finance Solar -- Living on Earth Story
This story is part of this week's June 24, 2016 Living on Earth radio program; listen to hear this encouraging story of solar and other renewables in India and elsewhere. Living on Earth airs on many public radio stations across the country (and aired on VPR years ago).

And Four More Articles:
-Senate Panel Approves $500M for Green Climate Fund: read here.
-Four Australian Catholic Order Divesting from Fossil Fuels: read here.
-Scientists Say Window for Avoiding 1.5C Global Warming 'Closed': read here.
-Three Amigos Unveil Climate and Energy Plan: 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 www.vtipl.org

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