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August 2018

Dear friends,

Boston RISE for Climate, Jobs, & Justice: Rally & People's School

Boston RiseSeptember 8, 2018 - Noon to 5 pm
East Boston Memorial Park
150 Porter Street, East Boston

Massachusetts is at a critical crossroads to protect the climate and communities. As the climate drastically changes, frontline communities face increasingly severe storms, heat waves, and flooding, along with a government more accountable to corporations than the people.

On September 8th, we will RISE for Climate, Jobs, Immigrant Rights, & Justice in East Boston, a majority Latinx immigrant community surrounded by water that is vulnerable to the dangerous effects of climate change and has been historically marginalized.

Sept 8, Resist - Learn - Build - Connect - Act - RISE - for Climate & Immigrant Justice. To register, click here.



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Leading by example can be a powerful part of our moral responsibility to care for creation. By reducing the carbon footprints at our houses of worship we also lower energy bills. Learn how to lower your carbon pollution by:

The same SHOW workshop will be offered on 2 dates at 2 Locations. Choose the one more convenient for you.

All faiths welcome on either date. $20 per person - more if you can, less if you can't.

Saturday, September 29, 2018
8:30 am-12:30 pm
Christ Congregational Church Brockton
1350 Pleasant Street
Brockton, MA 02301

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Sponsored by The Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ


Sunday, October 14, 2018
1:30-5:30 pm
St. Matthew's United Methodist Church
435 Central Street Acton, MA 01720

Register in advance at
Underwritten by the United Methodist Foundation of New England Ministry

For more information contact Mary Anne Schoonover at or 617-244-0755.

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MA 2018 Clean Energy Legislation Falls Short — We Must Do Better!

On August 9, Governor Baker signed An Act to Advance Clean Energy, which falls far short of the actions needed. We advocated for the Massachusetts House to follow the lead of our Senate which passed a carbon pricing law, increased the amount of renewable energy in Massachusetts 3% per year, equalized financial incentives for solar so that everyone in the state would benefit equally, and approved an environmental justice law.

Unfortunately, none of those measures survived the conference committee negotiations with the House. The House version that was enacted increases our Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) 2% per year from 2020 to 2029, but then allows it to revert to the current 1% per year. That will only give us 35% renewables by 2030 and 55% by 2050. The details of the law as passed are summarized by the Acadia Center here.

We did persuade half of the MA House to support a carbon fee and rebate law and we'll continue that fight in the next legislative session. More than 80% of Massachusetts carbon dioxide emissions come from transportation and heating fuels, which would have been addressed by carbon pricing, but are not addressed by the RPS. If you are clergy or a lay faith leader sign the MA Interfaith Call for Carbon Pricing today.

Read the Call here.


Episcopal Church Endorses Republican Carbon Pricing Bill

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This past July, the General Convention of the national Episcopal Church passed a resolution to support policies that would put a price on carbon to reduce extraction, consumption, and the resulting contribution to climate change. In late July, Republican Congressmen Carlos Curbelo and Brian Fitzpatrick introduced the MARKET CHOICE Act (H.R. 6463).

The proposal contained in this bill, evaluated by the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, is predicted to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 to 40 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. This would exceed the goals of the Paris Accords with respect to greenhouse gas emissions. To urge Congress to pass the Curbelo carbon pricing bill click here.


Greening Your Parish: Answering the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor


Sunday September 16, 2-4 pm,
Holy Family Church,
12 Monument Sq. Concord.

Find out how to promote the principles of Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si': On Care for our Common Home, in your parish community. Keynote: Laudato Si: Care of the Earth and Solidarity with the Poor Fr. Bryan Hehir, Secretary of Health and Social Services, RCAB. Breakout sessions on: education, energy efficiency and solar, advocacy and prayer/liturgy. Sponsored by the Boston Catholic Climate Movement. For more information and for free registration:


BENEFIT FOR PUERTO RICO on the Anniversary of Hurricane Maria

Benefit for Puerto Rico

Saturday September 22nd, 3-6 PM
Lasell College, Winslow Hall
80 Maple St., Auburndale, MA 02466

The event will support rebuilding and recovery in Puerto Rico while raising public awareness of climate solutions including electricity aggregation coming to Newton later this year.

To volunteer or for more information contact 617-969-6378 or

Co-Sponsors: Mass. Interfaith Power & Light, Green Newton, Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, The Village Bank, & Lasell College Center for Community-Based Learning.


Worcester Catholic Environmental Stewardship Conference

Environmental Stewardship

September 23, 2018, 1:00 - 4:30 pm
College of the Holy Cross, Hogan Campus Center
1 College St. Worcester, MA 01610

Panel Discussion among Parish leaders.

Sponsored by Diocese of Worcester:



Global Summit

September 12-14 in San Francisco

This September 12-14, mayors, governors, business leaders, religious leaders, and NGOs from around the world are gathering in San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit. Participants will be taking this opportunity to push for faster action on climate. Take part in the summit's faith-rooted affiliated events!

IPL and our faith partners are hosting a Multi-Faith "Service of Wondering and Commitment" at Grace Cathedral, along with a series of faith-rooted affiliate events designed just for faith community leaders and members that will also take place during the second week of September.

Click here to find out more and pre-register for the GCAS faith-rooted affiliate events.



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Peace and blessings,

Your friends at Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light


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