Four leaders of Interfaith Power & Light (IPL), a national organization with 40 state affiliates spearheading the faith response to climate change, are among 12 White House “Champions of Change” to be honored for their role in combating climate change.
Episcopal Church Bishops pass Fossil fuels, climate advisory committee resolutions that move to deputies
The House of Bishops passed two resolutions June 28 and June 29 aimed at environmentally responsible investing and creating a climate change advisory committee. The resolutions now move to the House of Deputies for approval.
Bishops passed Resolution C045, which calls upon the Investment Committee of Executive Council, the Episcopal Church Endowment Fund and the Episcopal Church Foundation “to divest from fossil fuel companies and reinvest in clean renewable energy in a fiscally responsible manner.”
In response to Pope Francis’ recent call for “all people of goodwill” to mitigate human-induced climate change and respond to environmental degradation members of Georgia’s faith leadership and scientific and environmental communities gathered at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church to support his historic message.
“The Pope’s clarion places high importance on lifting up the world’s most vulnerable populations, who will be the worst impacted by a changing climate and environmental pollution,” said the Rev. Daniel Dice. The Decatur church was chosen because it recently installed solar panels, Dice said.
Statement of Rev. Mitch Hescox, President & CEO, Evangelical Environmental Network on Newly Finalized Clean Water Standards
Recently, Catholic politicians, including Rick Santorum, have called on Pope Francis to "leave science to the scientists,” providing a preview of the expected attacks from climate deniers on the Pope’s encyclical on climate change. Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, a leading climate change skeptic, said, "The pope ought to stay with his job, and we'll stay with ours." These comments, likely to be repeated by climate deniers across the country, are ignorant and baseless.
Today Pope Francis published Laudato Si: An Encyclical on the Environment at the Vatican in Rome, Italy. Georgia Interfaith Power & Light, (GIPL) a statewide, faith-based non-profit that educates and empowers organization that engages faith communities in environmental stewardship and sustainable practices, stands with the Pope in this historical moment of the release of “Laudato Si.”