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
On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, President Obama unveiled a historic Climate Action Plan that speaks of our moral obligation to address climate change on behalf of future generations. The President spoke about our "need to act" and asked "whether we'll have the courage to act before it's too late."
Many of our local TXIPL groups will take a summer break in July and August, but before they do, they have great forums lined up for the month of June! Read on for more info about June programs in Austin, Fort Worth, Dallas, San Marcos, and San Antonio.
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Tuesday, June 4th - Austin
"Coal, Health, and You" - Featuring Chris Masey, Executive Director of Austin's Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Dr. Elliot Trester, speaking about the effects of environmental degradation--especially coal and global warming--on human health. 7:00-8:30pm, Highland Park Baptist Church.
Texas is a big state! In order to provide an effective religious response to our shared environmental challenges, we need local teams on the ground in cities and regions across the state. Texas Interfaith Power & Light (TXIPL) supports the development of local, interfaith environmental networks—and is coming to San Marcos to start the conversation.
Yaira Robinson, Associate Director of Texas Interfaith Power & Light (TXIPL), along with Rev. Brian Ferguson, minister of San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, will offer a presentation on Thursday, May 9th about creating a local, interfaith environmental network in the Hays & Comal County area. Come be part of the conversation! Details are below.
For Texas Interfaith Power and Light (TXIPL), every day is Earth Day! Every day is a day to celebrate the natural wonders of the planet we share, and to increase awareness of the impact our actions have on God’s creation. But April 22 is especially significant because it’s Earth Day, a day to unite as members of the global community in order to celebrate the Earth and remember our obligation to protect it.
Last year, thanks to pressure from people of faith all across the U.S., President Obama refused to issue a permit for the Keystone XL and directed the State Department to conduct a thorough study on its environmental impacts, including climate change.
Now the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) is out, but it only seriously investigated the regional climate change impacts of the pipeline itself and not how the increased use of carbon-intensive oil would impact global climate change.
An assessment that ignores or brushes aside the impact of tar sands development on global climate change is woefully inadequate. We need your help.
Click here to send your comment to President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry.
For background on the issue, explore the links below:
In Super, Natural Christians: How We Should Love Nature, Dr. Sallie McFague writes, “We will not save what we do not love, and we cannot love what we do not know.” Our Texas state parks system helps people across the state get to know nature and come to love the rocks, streams, lakes, trees, beaches and wetlands of this beautiful piece of earth we call Texas. Experiencing and appreciating the gifts of nature encourages us to care for God's creation.
We are partnering with the Keep Texas Parks Open initiative to bring a series of educational programs to communities around the state. At these town halls, we'll focus on the Texas state parks system, how it might be impacted by budget cuts, and how we can help protect our parks for future generations.
In Austin on April 2nd, 18th, and 21st, we invite you to explore the Sabbath with us!
Tuesday, April 2nd - The Sabbath from a Jewish perspective. On Tuesday evening, April 2nd, Rabbi Steven Folberg will share Jewish teachings about the Sabbath, with a focus on how the practice of the Sabbath connects to caring for the environment. This program is co-sponsored by the Austin chapter of Texas Interfaith Power & Light—the Interfaith Environmental Network—and is open to people of all faith traditions (or none!).
April 18th and 21st - The Sabbath from a Christian perspective. During the week of Earth Day, 2013, Dr. Matthew Sleeth, author of 24/6: A Prescription for a Happier, Healthier Life and Executive Director of Blessed Earth comes to Austin with this prescription: "Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy."
There will be two opportunities to hear from the Dr. Sleeth about his latest project on faith and the environment: