We celebrated the official start of PA IPL in State College at the Penn State—Temple football game with street theater, an interfaith convocation, film showing, first annual meeting and many other special events. The Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, founder of Interfaith Power & Light, along with some 200 individuals from around the state. See the great videos on our facebook page.
Thanks so much to everyone who worked hard to make this a successful event and especially to those who travelled to be here. For those who could not make it, here is a summary of the events:
The “kick-off” of PA IPL was on September 24-25 2010 in State College!
Friday, September 24
11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. “Visualizing Climate Change”
Information Table, Faith United Church of Christ
300 E. College Ave., next to the Farmer’s Market
We watched an iceberg melt (really!), told people about PA IPL, gathered
climate pledges, visited, and had a good, unplugged time. Also got great
coverage in the local paper!
7:00 - 8 p.m. Convocation: An Interfaith Celebration of Stewardship
Faith United Church of Christ Sanctuary
Over 50 people came for fabulous music by Arietta Women’s chorale and Tr-HANDS-formation. Special guests offered meditations and words from the Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, and Jewish faiths. The Reverend Canon Sally Bingham inspired us all to think differently and respond to climate change.
Saturday, September 25
9:00 -11:30 a.m. At least 75 came to our Inaugural PA IPL Annual Meeting
Theme: Taking the Moral Leadership on Climate Change
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
780 Waupelani Drive Extension, State College
9:00 Gathering time with continental breakfast and imagination boards
9:30 Profs. Petra Tschakert and Raymond Najjar on the impacts of climate change - with Q & A
10:00 Rev. Sally Bingham: the ethical response to the science
10:30 PA IPL accomplishments; recognition of charter members and plans for the coming year
11:00 Election of board officers (members only)
Raymond Najjar: “The oceans in a changing climate”
Raymond is a professor of oceanography at Penn State who has studied the impact of climate change on coastal regions, especially estuaries of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the U.S. He is also an expert on marine biogeochemistry, with a particular focus on dissolved gases, like carbon dioxide, in the ocean. Increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is also changing the pH of our oceans, seriously affecting marine life now.
Petra Tschakert: “Adapting to climate change in Africa and around the world”
Petra is an assistant professor of geography who works on human-environment interactions and more specifically on environmental change, development, and sustainability, particularly in West Africa. She is primarily interested in creating spaces for collective learning between researchers, research partners, and policy makers to grapple with climate uncertainty and enhance adaptive capacity among vulnerable populations.
The Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham: “Responding ethically to the effects of climate change”
Sally is a priest in the Diocese of California, co-chair of the Episcopal Diocesan Commission for the Environment and has been active in the environmental community for twenty-five years. She is also founder and president of The Regeneration Project, which is focused on its Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) campaign, a religious response to global warming. The IPL campaign includes a national network of over 10,000 congregations with affiliated programs in 29 states. She has brought widespread recognition to the link between faith and the environment, and as one of the first faith leaders to fully recognize global warming as a moral issue, she has mobilized thousands of religious people to put their faith into action through energy stewardship and advocacy. Read the profile of her as the winner of the 2007 Purpose Prize, a prize for people who have embarked on an "encore career" combining purpose, passion, and paycheck, rather than retire.
1:30 - 3 p.m. “Visualizing Climate Change”
Street theater and Information on College Ave. in front of Faith United Church of Christ
5 - 7 p.m. Special Reception for Charter Members and guests of PA IPL
with Rev. Sally Bingham, music by BLAU2
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Dining Hall
780 Waupelani Drive