When we heard that 20 or more Senators would be pulling an all-nighter on March 10-11 to draw attention to climate change, we got pretty excited. How could we support them? Pajamagrams? Deliveries of tasty snacks made of foods threatened by climate change? Both are good stunts, but neither is likely to make it through security in a timely fashion in this day and age. Then we learned that neither of our PA Senators had plans to join in.
So, we’re going to “join” the all-nighter by pulling an all-nighter of our own, making calls to Senator Casey’s offices and Senator Toomey’s offices once an hour while the climate conversation is happening. We made a signup sheet to spread the effort out over the course of the night, and it’ll really only take you 6 minutes to make 2 calls. We’ve made it SUPER EASY: phone numbers, a script — it’s all ready for you.
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On March1, PSU IPL held the 4th annual Positively Green . By afternoon the participants had made and installed 22 window inserts! Check out the finished product in the photo to the right — you’re looking through 2 “panes” of insulating plastic with an excellent insulating air pocket between. Impressively clear and window-like, isn’t it? Effective, too. One group of students reported being able to actually feel the difference in “their” house from beginning to end of the (very quick) installation! The PSU IPL officers did a fantastic job organizing the day, and they’ve created a PowerPoint presentation they’re willing to share to show exactly how Continue reading
After the week we’ve had in PA, most of us are feeling pretty intimately acquainted with the weight and power of impossibly light, gentle snowflakes, gathered together. As we’ve been mulling on the theme of Hope, it seemed timely to repost this story from a few years ago.
“Tell me the weight of a snowflake” a coalmouse asked a wild dove.
“Nothing more than nothing” was the answer. Continue reading
(Reposted from Points of Inflection)
High above Yosemite Valley, I’ve just descended to a set of rappel anchors – two bolts set in the rock, solid and secure but looking very small amid the shimmering granite extending above me, below me, to the left and to the right.
I get ready to lean back on the anchors and pull the rope to set up the next rappel. Before doing so, though, it’s always good practice to eyeball the system one last time, to make sure that the set-up is correct.
Time contracts. Bile rises. Then a long, slow exhale. Continue reading
Cherie Eicholz and Dr. Poune Saberi from Physicians for Social Responsibility with PA IPL board member Rev. Doug Hunt, and Senator Bob Casey at a Keystone Coffee.
Dear Administrator McCarthy,
As a person of faith, I am greatly concerned about climate change. All levels of government must act quickly to limit industrial carbon pollution.
Climate change is already becoming apparent in Pennsylvania, the country, and the world. As it unfolds, it will hurt first and worst those least able to get out of harm’s way—the poor, the old, the young, and the ill. Thus, we have a moral responsibility to take serious action to slow climate change.
To this end, I support EPA’s proposed standard to limit industrial carbon pollution from new power plants, and I urge you to finalize the rule quickly without weakening it in any way.
The message couldn’t be more direct. We have no business building new power plants that emit more pollution than the average current plant. The proposed standard has been vetted by individuals, industry, and scientists. It’s time for it to be finalized.
When we visit our Senators to talk about the ways that we —congregations, study groups, and individuals of faith— are stepping up with energy efficiency, outreach in our communities, and clean energy purchasing we’ll make sure they get copies of the postcards, too.
Will you join us in signing? There are 3 easy ways you can do it. Pick your favorite:
- Old school Continue reading
Reprinted from Shalom! A Journal for the Practice of Reconciliation, Summer 2009, pp. 5-6. Used by permission.
Mealtime prayer is a common time to pause and reflect on the blessings God has bestowed upon us, our families and loved ones. Throughout my childhood, prayer before meals was a habit on the rare occasion that we were all able to gather around the table. Visiting the homes of other families, I was surprised at the variety of mealtime prayers, many of them repeated verbatim at each meal. I can still recall the prayer around one table expressing thanks in these words, “Bless us, Oh Lord, and these thy Continue reading