MESSAGE By His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the UNFCCC COP-23 Session (Bonn, Germany, November 6-17, 2017)
The 23rd session of the United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change provides occasion to recall with introspection and reflect with integrity on the state of our world, but also on where we have come and where we are headed as a global community, especially in light of the urgent call of the Paris Agreement. Continue reading
Sightings from the Treehouse is an investigative blog series on climate change and the environment, from GIPL’s Power Wise Director Bob Donaghue. You can read all the blogs from the series here.
Is there a comprehensive, strategic approach to reverse or stall climate change? Not according to Paul Hawken, author, entrepreneur, and environmentalist. The author of Ecology of Commerce and Blessed Unrest and a coauthor of Natural Capitalism has recently edited a book containing a compilation of over 100 strategies to reverse global warming. Continue reading
Sightings from the Treehouse is an investigative blog series on climate change and the environment, from GIPL’s Power Wise Director, Bob Donaghue. You can read all the posts from the blog series here.
Creation has evolved over billions of years and has formed ecosystems that contain both living and non-living components that interact as a unit. The late Dr. Eugene Odum, the father of modern ecology, taught at the University of Georgia where he developed the collaborative approach of systems ecology. Continue reading
Decatur-area churches are coming together once again to offer this free community concert that celebrates Creation and our shared efforts to care for it. Co-hosted by Holy Trinity Episcopal Parish and its Green Team, this special event to be held on Saturday, September 30, is filled with spoken word and song so as to inspire reflection and action for the sake of the Earth and all inhabitants.
People of all ages from across the community are welcome to this free event to be held in the Nave of Holy Trinity Parish in Decatur. Talented students from Agnes Scott College, as well as folks from Decatur First UMC, First Baptist-Decatur and North Decatur Presbyterian churches, will be sharing their gift of music or spoken word.
Last year’s inaugural concert drew over 150 attendees enjoying over ten performances, including local singer/songwriters and acclaimed church choirs. The sanctuary was filled with the sounds of congregational song as well. This second annual gathering is sure to not disappoint. Come to be inspired and to sing along with new and old friends like!
GIPL has participated in two solarize campaigns in Georgia these last couple of years as a way to actively promote the accessibility and affordability of solar in our state. Solarize programs facilitate major savings by leveraging the power of bulk purchasing. Our next campaign, Solarize Dunwoody, has been organizing community citizens over the summer and will officially launch September 1. Continue reading
This summer GIPL launched a new initiative that seeks to best serve African American churches in Georgia. The hope is that GIPL can learn how these particular faith communities can inform and participate in the shared responsibility to steward the earth through their particular cultural and theological perspective. We are excited to announce that Valerie Hill Rawls has joined the GIPL team to coordinate this initiative. Continue reading
The Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta will celebrate its first Green Mass for all who volunteer or work in “green jobs” or environmental sustainability, and for all those who love planet earth, on Tuesday, October 4th, the feast of St. Francis, at noon.
This Mass will be held at The Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 48 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory will be the celebrant. Continue reading
Last Thursday saw the official launch of GIPL’s latest collaborative venture, Solarize Decatur-DeKalb. The Decatur Recreation Center welcomed over 125 solar advocates for the kick-off event that seeks to bring affordable solar energy to DeKalb residents, businesses and houses of worship.
“I’m so proud our community can serve as the home to the third Community Solarize program in Georgia,” said City of Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett who welcomed the crowd. “The program sync’s well with our cities own sustainability goals and leadership.”
The organizers of the campaign, which include Decatur environmental leaders from the Decatur Environmental Sustainability Board, Environment Georgia, Georgia Interfaith Power & Light (GIPL), the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club, Solar CrowdSource, and community activists from DeKalb County, applauded the turnout and the interest shown online, where over 230 DeKalb Co. residents had signed-up before the program launched. Continue reading
GIPL partnered with Hoosier IPL for the month of May to offer a series of webinars to equip people of faith for inspired climate action. In this series, “The Spirit Is Willing, and We Are Not Faint,” we seek to address the questions:
What strengths are being called forth among those who care for creation from a Judeo-Christian perspective? What does an ecologically sustainable future look like, and how can we know it when we see it?
This series features the scholarship of Rev. Dr. Patricia Tull, Professor Emerita of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Program Director of Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light. Dr. Tull shares her work on her blog “Inhabiting Eden,” also the title of her latest book.
Join us for Webinar Wednesdays from 12-12:45pm Eastern Time. To register, click here.
On Sunday afternoon, April 17, friends from far and near gathered in the Social Hall of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta for an interfaith celebration for the Earth and to celebrate ten years of GIPPY Awards. GIPL honored these four faith communities:
Power Award – Northminster Presbyterian Church of Macon
Light Award – Honey Creek Episcopal Retreat Center of Waverly
Trailblazer – Roswell Community Masjid of Roswell
Ministry of the Year – The Green Dream Team of Covenant Presbyterian Church of Athens
The Board also presented to Dennis Creech, co-founder of Southface Energy Institute and longtime GIPL friend with the Lifetime Achievement Award. We are grateful for each of these honorees and their leadership in Georgia’s faithful sustainability movement!