The annual Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) conference was held in Washington DC. The conference brought IPL state leaders from across the country to discuss legislative issues pertaining to climate change and other faith issues facing faith communities. The highlights included a rousing speech by Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley to encourage leaders as they prepared for legislative visits and a key note by Peggy Shepherd of WE ACT for Environmental Justice. She is an eco-activist and CEO of We ACT in Harlem. To read the tweets from Ms. Shepherd's speech in order start at the bottom and read up. To watch the speech check out our recording in Out and About Scopes.

 

  • To make climate issues take the equal standing as other social injustice issues turn the conversation to health issues #iplconf
  • Extreme heat kills more people each year than storm surge #iplconf
  • To switch to microgrids to make cities more resilient policies are going to have to be changed first #iplconf
  • 80% of housing in #NYC is rental property  #iplconf
  • We want prioritize #energyefficiency and #renewable in low income communities 
  • We have to be aware of the co-pollutants that go along #carbon  #iplconf
  • The Clean Power Plan only has a few sentences on environmental justice. They left it to the states 
  • The story of Sandy's effects on public housing in NYC did not make the evening news cycles  #iplconf
  • We know the most of vulnerable communities are effected in natural disasters think Hurricane Katrina and Sandy  #iplconf
  • The health of a community doesn't rest on individual decisions it rests on the power of connection  #iplconf
  • We need to have a diversity of perspectives to create change on a diverse number of issues  #iplconf
  • Millions of dollars have been spent on bills to reduce #carbon but failed. It because the community voices have been missed  #iplconf
  • One way to scale up was organizing parents to tell the story to city council  #iplconf
  • We have to continue asking ourselves how do we scale up and effect larger change  #iplconf
  • The findings have not been good including breast cancer in young women of color on the rise  #iplconf
  • The group is working with Columbia University who is studying the effects of toxins in the fumes of diesel with moms and babies  #iplconf
  • Even now there are issues with the city. We have to be a watch dog everyday in the community  #iplconf
  • Poor communities have lots of social service groups but very few advocacy groups.  #iplconf
  • In the 80s our community in Harlem was polluted and fought a proposed sewage plants to prevent it.  #iplconf
  • Google 17 steps of environmental principles that were created decades ago.  #iplconf
  • We want to protect children's exposure to lead and toxins from diesel buses  #iplconf #worldasthmaday
  • The fight must start on street corners in neighborhoods.  #iplconf
  • So you don't have to be a large nonprofit to create change.  #iplconf
  • Peggy's small neighborhood group of 15 impacted the entire New York Transit Authority  #iplconf
  • Harlem and Tribal lands and many other places have been designated as sacrifice zones. No communities should be sacrificed  #iplconf
  • What is environmental justice? A community lead advocacy program to fight against pollution  #iplconf
  • Our US history has been a story of struggling for justice and equality  #iplconf
  • Peggy Shepherd - Keynote #iplconf