New federal safeguards to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants are necessary not just because they help the environment, but because they are the right and moral thing to do, North Carolina faith leaders say. NC Interfaith Power & Light supports the Clean Power Plan released Monday, Aug. 3, by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which calls for reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants by 32 percent by 2030. The Reverend Dr. Jennifer Copeland, Executive Director of the NC Council of Churches said the measures in the plan will take steps toward safeguarding the planet for the common […]
Energy saving volunteers in North Carolina work at nexus of climate and poverty Community Inspiration Winner of IPL’s Cool Congregations Challenge Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Hayesville, North Carolina CO2 Reduction: 33 metric tons/year Prevents: 35,000 lbs. of coal from being burned Families helped: 40 and counting Percent CO2 Reduction: 10-20% per household A group of around ten climate concerned volunteers from Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and the Hayesville community are answering a combined moral calling to help the poor and be good stewards of Creation. Working with local poverty and charity organizations, they have helped 40 disadvantaged families reduce their […]
Faith Leaders printed in the News & Observer Rev. Dr. Leonard H. Bolick Rev. Jonathan Brake Rev. Jill Staton Bullard Rev. Robin P. Coira The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry Rev. Richard Edens Rev. Keith Grogg Rev. Steve Hickle The Rt. Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple Rev. Joe Hoffman Rabbi Andrew Koren Friar Michael Lasky Rev. Dr. David Jordan Rev. Randy Orwig Rev. Dr. John Pollock Rev. George Reed Rev. Dr. Bill Reinhold The Rt. Rev. Robert Skirving Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman The Rt. Rev. Porter Taylor Additional Faith Leader Support Rev. Jim Abbott – Asheville Rev. Stephanie Allen – Raleigh Rev. Jeanne […]
Though the week’s main events have passed, it’s not too late to be involved. Click here to join NCIPL’s virtual advocacy campaign and send a message to your representatives asking them to support clean energy for North Carolina! Thank you to everyone who helped make our Spring Into Action kickoff week a success! You participated from all over the state, listening in to our webinar, sending messages to your representatives through our virtual advocacy campaign, and traveling in person to enjoy our Spring Into Action Celebration and participate in our inaugural Faith Voices for Clean Energy advocacy day. It’s been quite a week! We started […]
From WITN Updated: Wed 11:42 PM, Jan 28, 2015 Watch the WITN 6 o’clock news Wednesday, January 28, 2015 recording: Penny Hooper, co-chair of NCIPL Executive Committee, and her husband, Mark Hooper, were interviewed concerning offshore drilling. “Environmentalists say they have proposed a Clean Energy Plan to Governor Pat McCrory based around wind and solar power, but the governor is still backing President Barack Obama’s proposal to bring offshore drilling to the coast of North Carolina and other areas. Emerald Isle town officials are optimistic and open-minded about the plan, saying the economic benefits could be significant. The proposed plan […]
On Saturday, May 17, at noon, about 30 people gathered at the Atlantic Beach/Fort Macon Swimming Beach for the nation-wide “Hands Across the Sand Demonstration” to promote clean energy and protest offshore oil drilling. The following organizations were represented: NC Interfaith Power and Light, Croatan Group of the NC Sierra Club, the Surfriders Association and the Unitarian Coastal Fellowship Green Sanctuary Committee.
Penny Hooper, NCIPL Executive Committee. On Friday night, May 9, the movie “Shored Up” was shown at the Unitarian Coastal Fellowship in Morehead City to 40 people. Afterwards, we discussed what we could do as coastal residents in the face of all the issues covered in the movie: increased severe storms, sea level rise and demands by second home owners and developers for hardened shorelines, and more costly beach re-nourishment along our shores. These are part of our everyday coastal existence. Several of the people in the audience decided to go before the Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) which met in Morehead […]
We believe you have something important to say. Many of the issues being decided on the political level nowadays are being considered primarily from their value to business and either ignoring science or following science but still ignoring ramifications to quality of life. Where is the faith voice? Where are the voices expressing other values in public, sharing what we love as a people, such as our concerns for our neighbors and our children – and their children? Maybe you feel like your words are only heard by those who already think and feel like you. Sure you can blog, […]
by Donna McAuliffe The 2014 BodySense Earth Day Grant was awarded to a local group committed to reducing energy consumption. An offshoot of Lake Chatuge Greenfaith Team, a NCIPL Regional Partner, the volunteers visits the homes of people who face high energy bills and need information and assistance reducing their usage, saving them money and saving valuable natural resources. The assessment identifies simple energy saving solutions such as efficient lighting, weather stripping, changing water heater temperatures, adding insulation and more. Volunteers provide the service at no cost and supplies are provided through donations. “The BodySense grant will be used to purchase […]
We need to let our legislators know that this is important to us.