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July 2019

Dear friends,

Bill to Mandate Net-Zero Carbon by 2050
Advances in Massachusetts Legislature

A bill requiring Massachusetts to set a limit of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 has advanced to the MA House Ways and Means Committee. Representative Joan Meschino's Act to Create a 2050 Roadmap to a Clean and Thriving Commonwealth, (re-numbered H.3983), would require the state to develop a comprehensive, concrete and people-centered plan to get to net-zero carbon emissions.

Highlights of the bill include requirements for:

For more information click here or contact Laura Burns at

Tell the members of Ways and Means to favorably report H.3983 out of committee!

Click here to find the members of House Ways and Means.

Click here to find your state rep.


MA Representative Jennifer Benson & Roger Gottlieb to Speak

Benson & Gottlieb

Save the Date: October 17th

Massachusetts Representative Jennifer Benson, and WPI professor, and author Roger Gottlieb will speak on October 17, 2019 at Temple Shalom, 175 Temple St., West Newton MA 02465. Details to follow.

Co-Sponsored by Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light and Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries.


Screen From Paris to Pittsburgh at Your Congregation

August 8th Deadline

from paris to pittsburgh

IPL invites you to offer a free screening of the film Paris to Pittsburgh. Sign up to share this inspiring National Geographic film with your faith community and receive a free DVD here.

From coastal cities to America's heartland, Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. Hundreds of congregations and households have taken the Paris Pledge to personally reduce their carbon footprint in line with the Paris Accord goals. Showing this film is a good opportunity to spark the conversation in your congregation about what you can do to help the United States meet its commitment. Over 100 cities and 6 states plus Puerto Rico have set goals to match the Paris Climate Accord committing to 100% renewable energy. Learn about their important stories in Paris to Pittsburgh and be inspired to create change in your own community!

Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to offer a FREE screening of this timely film for your congregation, organization, gathering of friends or neighbors, your school, university, community center, or local theater.

Click here to:

Hosts will receive the specially created IPL Hosting Packet that includes additional faith-based questions for discussion, a helpful toolkit for event planning, language and images for newsletters and social media posts. Hosting a screening — with as few as 10 people — makes a huge difference when we have hundreds of screenings around the country!

Together we are achieving the Paris goals and building the faith voice for climate solutions.




Strike logo "If not you, then who? If not now, then when? We need everyone."

That's the question posed by Greta Thunberg and other Global Climate Strike organizers to adults everywhere. We're now only 2 months away and momentum is building fast for the #ClimateStrike this September.

Tens of thousands of us in 150+ countries are already organizing climate strikes in workplaces and communities on September 20th & 27th. Will you?

Pledge to join a climate strike.

Spread the word about the global climate strikes.

Can you imagine millions of us walking out of our homes and workplaces together to join young people in the streets on #ClimateStrike? It’s the kind of people power needed to ensure climate justice for everyone and the level of action required by this climate crisis.

The climate crisis is an emergency. We have to act like it and show politicians how many people worldwide are unwilling to sit on the sidelines anymore.

Young people kickstarted this movement by striking on #FridaysforFuture. But they need everyone!

Pledge to join a climate strike event.


September 20th Climate Adaptation Forum

The public health field is rapidly shifting to incorporate the new realities of climate impacts. While we are all vulnerable to these changes, low income communities and communities of color face disproportionate risks. The next Climate Adaptation Forum will explore how climate change is impacting public health.

Changing Climate, Changing Health:
Strategies for Addressing Public Health in the Age of Climate Change

Keynote Presenter:

Gina McCarthy Gina McCarthy
Professor, Practice of Public Health Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Former Administrator United States E.P.A.

Register here.

September 20 @ 7:15 am - 11:45 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast: 7:15 am – 8:00 am
Forum: 8:00 am – 11:45am


Environmental Business Council Members: $35
Non-members: $45
Government/Nonprofit Employees: $15



Program Assistant Wanted

CLF logo

The Conservation Law Foundation, (CLF) has an immediate opening in its Boston office for a Program Assistant for the Healthy Communities & Environmental Justice program.

CLF's Healthy Communities & Environmental Justice (HCEJ) program works to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, overcome historic disinvestment and structural inequality, improve public health and social mobility, and reduce our waste stream to zero, as they advocate for a robust sustainable food economy and accessible, reliable, affordable transportation options.

People of color are encouraged to apply. Applicants should send a resume and detailed cover letter to: Make "Program Assistant" the subject of the e-mail. The position is open until filled. For more information click here.


29 Senators Oppose the Weymouth Compressor Station

compressor protester

Twenty-nine of the state's 40 senators urged MADEP to revoke its permit for the Enbridge gas compressor station in Weymouth. The project, part of the Atlantic Bridge pipeline would be located within a half mile of 930 homes, some of which are in protected environmental justice communities.

Read more here.


Reflection of the Month

walk in the woods

Master of the universe
Grant me the ability to be alone;
May it be my custom to go outdoors each day
Among the trees and grass—among all growing things. . .
May I express there everything in my heart
And may all the foliage of the field—
All grasses, trees, and plants—
Awake at my coming,
To send the power of their life into the words of my prayer
So that my prayer and speech are made whole.
Through the life and spirit of all growing things
Which are made as one by their transcendent Source.

Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav, Quoted in Stein, "A Garden of Choice Fruit"


Peace and blessings,

Your friends at Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light


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