Diocese Joins Interfaith Power and Light
by the Rev. Kevin McGrane, Priest-in-Charge
Trinity Episcopal Church, St. James
and Creation Care Ministry Chair
The Diocesan Creation Care Ministry (CCM) is now a member of Interfaith Power and Light, a national climate advocacy NGO comprised of people of faith across the religious and ethics spectrum.
Interfaith Power & Light effort began in 1998 with Episcopal Power & Light and the support of Grace Cathedral as a unique coalition of Episcopal churches aggregated to purchase renewable energy. In 2000, this Episcopal effort broadened its focus, brought in other faith partners, and California Interfaith Power & Light was born. California IPL developed a successful organizational model that engaged hundreds of congregations, educated thousands of people of faith about the moral and ethical mandate to address global warming, and helped pass California’s landmark climate and clean energy laws. Building on California’s success, this model has now been adopted by 40 state affiliates, and we are working to establish Interfaith Power & Light programs in every state.
Today, “IPL” has affiliates in 40 states, with 22,000 faith communities, comprising 6,500,000 people. It is the single largest faith-based climate advocacy NGO the US.
Some of the things it does:
- Mobilizing people of faith and conscience to advocate for just and equitable climate solutions at the local, state, and national levels.
- Working collaboratively with the IPL national network, diverse partner organizations, and marginalized communities.
- Modeling shared leadership and decision-making within our organization and our partnerships.
CCM will be joining IPL-Missouri to advocate governments and businesses to effect serious climate reclamation. Stay tuned for up-coming actions and advocacy.