Author Archives: Doug Bland

#FaithtoFord Campaign marks a victory for Clean Car Standards

Last week, IPL’s #FaithtoFord campaign marked a victory when Ford and
three other automakers announced that they struck a deal with California to reject the Trump administration’s attempt to gut the Clean Car Standards.
IPL organized more than 4,000 people of faith like you to call on Ford Motor Company to stand by the Clean Car Standards and our message is getting through!

Ford’s decision to break with other major U.S. automakers in favor of cleaner vehicles shows the power of the U.S. faith community. In making the deal with California, Ford agreed to much stronger standards than the Trump administration is proposing. While we still have work to do to push automakers to achieve the Clean Car Standards as adopted by the Obama administration, this is a big step forward.

The progress we are making with Ford Motor Company reminds us that the moral voice is a powerful one. When people from all religions come together, we can move mountains. With the IPL network reaching more than 22,000 congregations, we can make a BIG impact. Together, we have the power to prevent the worst impacts of climate change and leave a planet where our children and grandchildren can thrive.

The Youth Climate Movement Webinar

On Fridays throughout the world this past year, students walked out of classrooms and went into the streets to compel action in addressing the climate crisis.

What started as a one-person protest by Greta Thunberg has grown to a movement of millions in over 160 countries and at least 2000 locations. Youth are now calling upon adults to join them for a week of action in September.

This month’s Creation Justice Webinar* will prepare us for action by featuring Jamie Margolin, the 17-year-old who has been at the forefront of the youth climate movement in the United States. She led the call for last year’s youth climate march, and she is a co-founder of the youth organization Zero Hour.

The webinar will be held on August 15th at 1 pm (EDT), but a recording will be sent out to all who register.  Register now!
 
*This webinar is hosted by the United Church of Christ, Alabama Interfaith Power & Light, and the People’s Justice Council.

AZIPL Advocates for Renewable Energy

Arizona Interfaith Power & Light has been a presence at the Arizona Corporation Commission advocating for electric vehicles and a robust renewable energy standard.  Thanks to all of you who wrote letters supporting a renewable energy standard of 50% by 2030, 100% renewables by 2050. 

In addition, we’ve recently had two letters to the editor published in the Arizona Republic.  On July 21st, Nona Siegel, AZIPL Vice President wrote:  “In my upbringing as a Roman Catholic, I was raised to have compassion for the most vulnerable among us, to be mindful of unnecessary consumption so there is enough for all, and to care for the Earth…Our planet needs our care right now more than ever before.”

Rev. Doug Bland, Executive Director of AZIPL, wrote:  “For too long our legislative bodies have abdicated responsibility for policies that promote the interests of powerful corporations at the expense of clean air and a promising future for our children.  Now young people are demanding climate justice. In “Our Children’s Trust” (Juliana vs. USA), District Judge Ann Aiken affirms, ‘The right to a climate system capable of sustaining human life is fundamental to a free and ordered society.’  The evidence is overwhelming. Our government has known for over 50 years that our climate is warming as a direct result of burning fossil fuels. It’s time for elected representatives, including the ACC, to do what is just.”

Arizona Interfaith Power & Light is joining with Solar United Neighbors to help those who are considering “going solar.”

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Arizona Interfaith Power & Light is joining with Solar United Neighbors to help those who are considering “going solar.”  The East Valley Solar Co-op is supported by Solar United Neighbors, a nonprofit that has helped more than 3,900 homeowners go solar nationwide.
 
If you’re interested in going solar, this is the perfect opportunity for you to get technical support throughout the process and to potentially get a discount through the power of bulk purchasing. Interested homeowners can learn more at solarunitedneighbors.org/eastvalley. The co-op is open to East Valley (Phoenix) residents served by SRP. You can attend an information session to have your questions answered in person (see below). You can also make inquires via email to azteam@solarunitedneighbors.org.
 
East Valley Solar Co-op Information Sessions
Tuesday, August 13th at 6:00 pm
Tempe Public Library – BRIC Training Room
3500 South Rural Rd Suite 202, Tempe, AZ 85282
Click here to RSVP
 
Tuesday, September 24th at 6:30 pm
HD-South – Home of the Gilbert Historical Museum
10 South Gilbert Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85296
Click here to RSVP
AZIPL is joining with Solar United Neighbors to help those who are considering “going solar.”

Paris to Pittsburgh Screening

It’s not too late to take action to support climate solutions by hosting a FREE screening of Paris To Pittsburgh today! Interfaith Power & Light is partnering with Bloomberg and Radical Media to bring this FREE limited time offering to you.

Get started here.  

It’s important that people of faith share this film because climate change is a moral problem, not a technological one, as is evidenced by the success stories profiled in this film. Religious traditions have the moral authority, based on our long-held religious beliefs, to speak out and lead our communities to act on healing the climate. Help us spread the word by screening this film and inspiring your community to action with a hopeful message by offering a FREE screening of this timely film for your congregation, organization, gathering of friends or neighbors, your school, university, community center, or local theater.

Hosts will receive the Hosting Packet to advertise and prepare for the event that includes additional faith-based questions for discussion, a helpful toolkit for event planning, language and images for newsletters and social media posts.
This is a limited-time offering, please sign up to screen Paris to Pittsburgh today!

Paris Pledge

PARIS PLEDGE
Interfaith Power & Light is encouraging congregations to join the effort to care for Creation and move our country to clean, renewable energy by signing the Paris Pledge, committing to reduce their carbon emissions by 50% by 2030 and be carbon neutral by 2050.

Nearly 350 congregations have already signed it and we invite you to shepherd your congregation to
signing it.

You can read more and sign it online.

IPL’s Cool Congregations program has great resources for helping congregations reduce:  calculators, Start-up kits including the popular 25 Steps to Saving Energy, inspirational stories of what other congregations have done, and more.

It’s Time to Act for our Earth

WRITE A LETTER…SPEAK OUT FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY

We urge you to join us in advocating for renewable energy and energy efficacy. Please consider adapting the letter below.  You can make it your own.  Email the letter todoug.bland@azipl.org by July 27th, before the July 30thhearing at the Arizona Corporation Commission, and we will deliver it for you. 

Also, we encourage you to attend the Stakeholder Hearing at 10 am on Tuesday, July 30th at the Arizona Corporation Commission, 1200 W. Washington St., Phoenix.  The more who gather to advocate for renewable energy and energy efficacy, the better our chances of success.

Here is a model letter that you can use or adapt:

Chairman Bob Burns
Commissioner Lea Márquez Peterson
Commissioner Boyd Dunn
Commissioner Justin Olson
Commissioner Sandra Kennedy

As a person of faith and conscience, I write to encourage you to vote for a robust Renewable Energy Standard and Tariff (REST) and Electric Energy Efficiency Standard (EEES). I join with other Joint Stakeholders to advocate for:

     100% clean energy by 2045
     50% renewable energy by 2030
     10% distributed energy by 2030 and
     35% cumulative energy efficiency savings by 2030

My name is ______.  As a (Roman Catholic/Muslim/Jew/ etc.), my faith teaches me that it is important to take bold steps to protect (God’s Creation/our precious planet home, etc.).  Our children’s future depends on decisive action to reduce carbon pollution and take advantage of Arizona’s sunshine.  The REST and EEES rules have saved utility ratepayers money, reduced water use, created new, clean energy jobs and helped protect our environment.

A standard of 100% clean energy by 2045 is consistent with policies developed across the Western United States. (1.)  It is achievable and necessary to address the impacts of climate change. 

Energy efficiency saves ratepayers money, energy and water. At the same time EEES has stimulated the local economy, created jobs and reduced air pollutants—all cost-effectively.  .

Thank you for your consideration.  For the sake of the health of people and our planet, I urge you to vote for strong standards for energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Your Name
Your Address

  1. The following standards have been adopted: Nevada:  50% renewable by 2030 and 100% clean by 2050; New Mexico:  50% renewable by 2030, 80% renewable by 2040, and 100% zero-carbon by 2045; Oregon:  50% renewable by 2040; Washington:  100% clean by 2045; California:  100% clean energy by 2045.