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Climate Change and Health Documents from the Environmental Protection Agency

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Following the Presidential inauguration on January 20, 2017, portions of the website for the Environmental Protection Agency were shut down or made invisible. Out of a concern that valuable information concerning the impacts of climate on health issues, friends of the environment have downloaded and shared a number of those posts. PDF versions are available in the file attachments to this post.

Resources from 2015 Conference October 17

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Leading Action on Climate: Tools for Faith Communities

As a follow-up to the workshop on Lake Champlain, workshop leader Barry Lampke has prepared a summary of the conversation that session generated. The article includes steps that individuals and communities can take to work toward a culture of clean water. It can be found here: Clean Water Partnership. Barry also points to the website of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission atwww.smartwaterways.com for more suggestions of steps people can take. 

Bill McKibben in Northfield January 22, 2016

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On Saturday, January 22, 2016, Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, spoke on "People of Faith and Climate Change" at St. Jacob's of Alaska Orthodox Church in Northfield Falls, Vermont. His talk can be viewed at Bill McKibben Talk.

Faith and Science Partnership Working to Create Culture of Clean Water

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Faith and Science Partnership Working to Create Culture of Clean Water

by Barry Lampke

All Souls Interfaith Gathering's Center for Earth Ministry (CEM) and ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain have established a new partnership that is working on meaningful system change to create a culture of clean water.

Phosphorus Runoff is Creating Unhealthy Water

Rev. Dr. Jim Antal's Keynote Address

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VTIPL's 2014 conference, "Renewing Our Energy: People of Faith and Spirit Empowered to Act," was held on September 27 at Grace Congregational Church in Rutland.  The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal was the Keynote Speaker Rev. Antal is Conference Minister and President of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ, and is a climate activist. His address was on the issue of divestment for faith communities and can be viewed at Keynote Address 2014.

VTIPL Promotional Video

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A promotional video made by students at Middlebury College in the Fall of 2013. It was created with the intention of helping Vermonters gain awareness of VTIPL and the great services it provides

"Greening Faith"

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A longer video, produced by Middlebury College Students in the Fall of 2013, which delves into the greater connection between religious traditions and environmental action

VTIPL You Tube Page

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In the fall of 2013, students at Middlebury College interviewed members of Vermont Interfaith Power and Light's board. The result was a group of videos about our work. They can be viewed on You Tube.

Stephanie Kaza Addresses VTIPL's Fall Conference

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On November 16, 2013, VTIPL sponsored a Conference held at First Congregational Church in Burlington, with the theme "Facing Climate Chaos with Hope and Action: Empowering People of Faith and Spirit."

Dr. Stephanie Kaza, author and Director of UVM's Environmental Studies Program, was our keynote speaker. Her address, titled "Sustaining Our Effort: Climate Work as Practice Field" was filmed by CCTV Public Access Channel (Channel 17) and can be viewed on line by following the link below..

"Becoming Carbon Positive: a resource for places of worship"

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The Interfaith Environmental Network of the Austin TXIPL group recently released a manual on Environmental Stewardship for use by faith communities. In collaboration with a local nonprofit called "Climate Buddies," members of green teams in local congregations worked together to produce a greening manual for congregations. Here's a link to the product, which is envisioned as a document that will continue to evolve as area congregations work together to reduce emissions:

http://climatebuddies.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/EAT-MANUAL-v1-4-2-1...

The Texas branch of Interfaith Power and Light has given us permission to share this resource with our faith communities in Vermont.

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