“Think globally; act locally.”
We are best positioned to act locally, where we can influence the response to climate change within our communities and places of worship. Texas Interfaith Power & Light acts locally through Regional Environmental Action Teams. Regional teams are interfaith networks of people who share a desire to act and advocate on climate change and related environmental issues.
Act – People of faith are called to transform the way they interact with creation and to motivate others to similarly transform their lives. As stewards of creation, we act to restore its wholeness and to ensure creation’s life-giving resources are available for all.
Advocate – Our interaction with creation is often driven by institutional systems. Therefore, people of faith ask leaders in these systems to treat creation and people justly. Through public witness and prophetic voice, we remind leaders of this responsibility. We advocate for the voiceless when decisions are made about the use of creation. We also advocate for the restoration of communities and ecosystems that have been harmed by exploitation.
Texas Interfaith Power & Light is the environmental program of the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy / Texas Impact. All members of these organizations are welcome to participate in the Regional Environmental Action Teams. Contact Katrina Martich to get involved or to start a team in your region of Texas.
If you’re not already a member, join and check the environment program box to get your name on the regional team contact list.
“The problems we face today, violent conflicts, destruction of nature, poverty, hunger and so on, are human-created problems which can be resolved through human effort, understanding and the development of a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood. We need to cultivate a universal responsibility for one another and the planet we share.” - The Dalai Lama
All of the world’s religions offer religious teachings that call us to care for others and the ecosystems that nourish and sustain us. This shared conviction empowers people of faith to bridge our differences and focus on issues that affect us all. We become an example of what can be done when people work together for the well-being of all and the wholeness of creation. Together, people of faith show the world a better way to care for each other and the environment we share.
“The first law of our being is that we are set in a delicate network of interdependence with our fellow human beings and with the rest of God’s creation.” - Desmond Tutu