Vermont Interfaith Power and Light

A faith-based response to global climate change

August 2016

 

Earth Care News

August 2016

In this newsletter:
Deep Change for Climate Justice Conference
Merchants of Doubt - Film Showings in Burlington and Plainfield
Poll: Vermonters Support Action to Address Global Warming
Ask Gubernatorial Candidates to Support Carbon Pollution Tax
Commentary: Carbon Pollution Tax Means Predictable Economic Environment
Canada to Implement National Carbon Price
Commentary: Last Chance to Get the Net Metering Rules Right
Sign the Petition to Keep Net Metering Strong
Zero Energy Now Program - Sign Up Soon!
Solar Beats Gas on Price and More
Radical Alliance of Black and Green Could Save the World
Climate Change Disproportionately Hurts Blacks
Reminder: Way to Go Challenge -- September 26 - October 7

Deep Change for Climate Justice Conference
In collaboration, Our Children, Climate, Faith Symposium and VT Interfaith Power & Light are producing this energizing, movement-building conference to be held October 15-16 in White River Junction. It will be a transformational experience to help transform the world. Many options will be included: attending both days or one day; choosing from numerous workshops and break-out sessions; and having conference-provided meals or arranging for your own food, to name a few. Our conference leaders, Sherri Mitchell and Rev. Fred Small, will be with us for the weekend - facilitating, encouraging, and inspiring us. Sherri is a lawyer and environmental and indigenous rights activist from Maine. Fred is a long-time climate activist, pastor, and singer-songwriter. Registration for the conference will open very soon! For more information, go to the conference website. As the details are confirmed, the website and this newsletter will give more information.

Merchants of Doubt -- Film Showings in Burlington and Plainfield
Join us for this 90-minute documentary that 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. You may think you know the story, but there's more to it. Come see this important film! Contact VTIPL at 802-434-3397 or by email for more information. Free and open to all. Light refreshments provided; a discussion will follow..
Burlington film showing: 8/16, 6:30 pm, St. Paul's Cathedral, 2 Cherry St.
The Macy's parking garage across the street offers two hours of free parking.
Note: A severe onion allergy requires that NO onion family food be brought.
Plainfield film showing: 8/25, 6:30 pm, Friends Meeting House, 203 Martin Meadow Rd. Directions are here.

Poll: Vermonters Support Action to Address Global Warming
In a survey of likely Vermont voters, released in July, the key findings were:
-81% of Vermonters think global warming is happening; 63% understand that it's primarily human-caused; and 70% are worried about global warming.
-78% support the State's renewable energy goals; 75% support the greenhouse gas reduction goals; 63% support action to achieve those goals, including a carbon pollution tax that's paired with tax cuts and investments in efficiency.
-By a 2-to-1 margin (59% to 26%), Vermonters will more likely support the candidates whose support for clean energy is central to their campaign. Read more here.

Ask Gubernatorial Candidates to Support Carbon Pollution Tax
To send a message to the Gubernatorial candidates asking for their support of the carbon pollution tax, click here.

Commentary: Carbon Pollution Tax Means Predictable Economic Environment
This recently published VTDigger commentary is by Steve May, a candidate for the VT House of Representatives representing Richmond. Read it here.

Canada to Implement National Carbon Price
According to Canada's environment minister, Catherine McKenna, by the end of this year Canada will implement a national policy to charge polluters for emitting carbon dioxide. Here are more details.

Commentary: Last Chance to Get the Net Metering Rules Right
There are significant problems with the current draft of the Public Service Board's net metering rules. Read more in this VTDigger commentary by Sam Swanson and Karl Rabago. Comments at the end of the article have info on sending a comment to the PSB.

Sign the Petition to Keep Net Metering Strong
Many have serious concerns about the latest draft of the Public Service Board's
net metering rule. You can sign a petition asking the PSB to reconsider the changes and to ensure the net metering program stays strong.

Zero Energy Now Program - Sign Up Soon!
Zero Energy Now (ZEN) is a pilot program that helps homeowners, small business owners, and others (including churches) in former CVPS territory to make their buildings more energy efficient and add renewable energy. The pilot program ends at the end of 2016. Through ZEN, those in the program can receive up to a $5,000 incentive in addition to the Efficiency Vermont incentive. Participants will reduce their fossil fuel use and carbon footprint with energy efficiency and renewable energy. The pilot program is open to 50 participants. Contact them now! The ZEN website has more information.

Solar Beats Gas on Price and More
The cost of solar energy has dropped so much in recent years that it is now lower than the cost of natural gas in some places. Here's more information.

Radical Alliance of Black and Green Could Save the World
In this article in The Nation, Gus Speth and J.Phillip Thompson III speak about a beautiful thing happening: Advocates for racial justice and for environmental protection are coming together in a new way. Read more in this article.

Climate Change Disproportionately Hurts Blacks
African Methodist Episcopal Church members have joined the call of other religious leaders to take action on climate change, citing the disproportionate effect of dirty fuels on black people. Here's the Religion News Service article.

Reminder: 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 also join in, compete, and win prizes! 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. 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.

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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