If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.
--Lyndon B. Johnson

Interfaith Environmental Network's Letter To Austin-Area Congregations

The city of Austin is beginning a conversation about its energy future, and TXIPL's Austin affiliate—the Interfaith Environmental Network (IEN)—wants to ensure that the faith community has the information it needs to participate in this important conversation.

On Monday, March 3, 2014, IEN mailed the following letter to over 300 Austin-area congregations:

Houston IPL Presents an Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Event, March 30, 2014

People of all faiths, or no faith at all, are invited to join with Christians, Hindus, Jews, and Muslims to care for our shared environment on Sunday afternoon, March 30th, from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

We will engage in hands-on environmental stewardship by working to create a garden in a disadvantaged neighborhood in Houston. The garden is a program of Almighty Ministries, an organization that empowers at-risk youth from impoverished communities through free after-school programs and summer camps.

The after-school program, Youth Going Green Community Garden, educates youth on developing gardening, leadership and social skills, while providing nourishing food. The garden is located at 4706 Idaho in Houston.

Webinar: Introducing ENERGY STAR's New Action Workbook for Congregations

The webinar is over, but you can watch the recording here.

Want to help your congregation be a faithful steward of God's creation and save money at the same time? The ENERGY STAR program helps congregations save money and prevent pollution. Join us for a special webinar to introduce the new ENERGY STAR Action Workbook for Congregations from noon-1pm on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

TXIPL Goes to the White House to #ActOnClimate

On Tuesday, February 25, 2014, TXIPL staff Bee Moorhead and Yaira Robinson will attend a special White House "Faith-based and Community Leaders Addressing Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change" meeting. The event will be live streamed at www.whitehouse.gov/live between 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. central time.

In addition, you can follow the conversation on Twitter and post questions during the event by using the hashtag #ActOnClimate. Find Bee's twitter feed at @BeeMoorhead and Yaira's at @YairaRobinson. Feel free to send them your questions and comments throughout the program, too! 

A Plea for Climate Action from a Church on the Southern Leg of the Keystone XL

On Friday, January 31, 2014, the U.S. State Department released its final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone XL pipeline. As we wait now for President Obama to decide whether or not to approve the northern leg of the pipeline, oil is already flowing in the southern leg that cuts through East Texas.

We've raised voices of religious concern about construction of the Keystone XL for several years. Read about that here, here, and here. Now, one church on the front lines of the question—Austin Heights Baptist Church in Nacogdoches, Texas—is sending a plea to people of faith across the country to stand with them in concern about climate change and in opposition to this pipeline. Here is their urgent message:

"Most religions of the world insist that one of humanity's responsibilities is to be the steward or caretaker of the earth that was created to nourish us all. With that moral imperative in mind, our East Texas church wishes to encourage faith communities throughout our land to join us in being witnesses that this good earth is the Lord's and is not to be abused, exploited nor destroyed. We hope you’ll join us, too, in making an unmistakable plea to work for an earth capable of sustaining future generations.

You're Invited! Austin's First-Ever Preach-Off on Climate Change

On Valentine’s Day weekend, 2014, religious communities across the U.S. will participate in the national Interfaith Power & Light Preach-In on Climate Change. Clergy and lay leaders from many different traditions will highlight the importance of religious leadership on one of the most pressing challenges of our time. It’s one of Interfaith Power & Light’s most-beloved annual programs.

In Austin, we’re taking it up a notch.

Austin’s Interfaith Environmental Network and iACT (Interfaith Action of Central Texas) are inviting religious leaders to share their tradition’s wisdom with not just their own congregations, but with the entire community. We are holding our first-ever Preach-Off on Climate Change—and we invite you to come!

Sunday, February 16, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
Congregation Beth Israel
3901 Shoal Creek Blvd.
Austin, TX 78756

Start the Year Right with Dallas Interfaith Power & Light

Help kickoff a year of meaningful community engagement and care for creation by joining Dallas Interfaith Power & Light for an informative program on Thursday, January 9, 2014. Chris Masey, Director of Texas Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Marian Morris (MPH, RN), will offer insights from Texas' medical community about air pollution, human health, and climate change--and together, we'll explore ways to take action.

Thursday, January 9, 2014, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
White Rock United Methodist Church, Room 202
1450 Oldgate Lane
Dallas TX 75218
All are welcome!

Join the Preach-In on Climate Change: February 14-16, 2014

Interfaith Power & Light’s 2014 National Preach-In on Climate Change, Valentine's weekend (Feb. 14, 15, 16), is a great opportunity for your faith community to bring religious values into the conversation about climate change. Plus, when you preach or teach in your own congregation about climate change and love of Creation that weekend, you will be joining in chorus with thousands of religious leaders from across the country.

When you sign up here, you'll gain instant access to the downloadable Preach-In Kit, which includes activity ideas, printable postcards to senators, bulletin inserts, a global warming fact sheet, and other helpful resources.

Interfaith Power and Light Presents Cool Harvest 2013

Texas Interfaith Power and Light celebrates the changing season with this year’s "Cool Harvest" program, from Interfaith Power & Light.

Cool Harvest is a food, faith, and climate program for congregations. The program comes with fall "harvest" guide for a hosting a cool potluck and a movie. Did you know that almost one-fifth of climate change pollution comes from the food industry? And as you will learn in this program, the foods that are healthier for the planet are also healthier for our bodies.

Also in the kit, learn how to share your "cool recipe" with the Interfaith Power & Light community! The Cool Harvest recipe collection will be featured on our website, and will showcase your sustainable recipes (locally grown produce, organic ingredients, non-GMO, etc.)!

You can find free electronic resources and more at the Interfaith Power and Light Cool Harvest page.

Living In A Warmer World - Webinar Featuring Dr. Camille Parmesan

In August 2013, we held a webinar as a part of our Living In A Warmer World series, featuring Dr. Camille Parmesan. In this seven-minute presentation, below, Dr. Parmesan discusses recent trends in climate science and new efforts by scientists and advocates to help species adapt to a warmer world.

Dr. Parmesan is a Professor of Integrative Biology at The University of Texas at Austin and National Marine Aquarium Chair in the Public Understanding of Oceans and Human Health at Plymouth University, UK. She was recently named the 2013 Distinguished Texas Scientist by the Texas Academy of Science. While serving as a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, she was co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. She works actively with governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to help develop conservation assessment and planning tools aimed at preserving biodiversity in the face of climate change.

Watch the presentation below:

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