Over 10,000 individuals and 50 organizations, representing millions of people, supporting communities, public health, climate and forests asked Governor Cooper to revoke the world’s largest wood pellet manufacturer’s flawed air quality permit in Richmond County on Tuesday. The Raleigh press conference included 5 speakers from prominent NC organizations such as Dogwood Alliance, Concerned Citizens of Richmond County, and Clean Air Carolina. Susannah Tuttle of NC Interfaith Power& Light was among the speakers. Her press statement was as follows: My name is Susannah Tuttle and I serve as the Director of NC Interfaith Power & Light, a program of the NC […]
The Episcopal Church recently announced the awarding of 16 grants totaling $123,910 in the second round of grantmaking managed by the Advisory Council for the Stewardship of Creation and approved by the Executive Council. Among the recipients is Nativity, Raleigh, awarded $10,000 toward its work, Becoming the Good Soil, of reducing the serious effects of climate change by engaging in regenerative agriculture through carbon farming, specifically by supplementing land with compost. In simple terms, one goal of carbon farming is to increase soil organic matter (SOM) to help draw carbon out of the atmosphere and sequester it in the ground. […]
It is becoming a national trend for politicians to “divide and conquer” by attacking the wind industry while supporting other forms of clean energy. This is fracturing the renewable energy community as folks are being forced to take positions that do not support one another. As Director of NCIPL I pray that we do not take sides and instead continue to support all sources of renewable energy without pitting one against another. NCIPL is a member of the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA). Below is their statement on HB 589 and a summary of the legislation. NCSEA’s Statement on the Passage of House […]
“Biomass” may sound like a clean idea, but it actually means cutting down and turning trees into fuel pellets to be burned for energy — creating more carbon pollution than coal, accelerating global warming and driving climate chaos. North Carolina’s former governor opened the floodgates to the wood pellet export industry, which is tearing down our special forests to make wood pellets for export where they are burned in power stations to generate electricity. Rescind the Enviva Richmond County Wood Pellet Mill Air Permit Now Enviva, the world’s largest wood pellet exporter, already operates three mills in North Carolina. These […]
This year on Earth Day, thousands will gather in Washington, D.C., and in cities across the country to march for science and protect the deeply held value for truth and facts. They are marching to defend the vital role science plays in our communities and our world. They are marching because science is not partisan; it is not liberal or conservative. And they are marching to demonstrate that our nation values the scientists and the scientific agencies working to make our world safer, cleaner and healthier. Why should a science march matter to people of faith? To care for creation […]
Thursday, April 6, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. NC General Assembly 16 West Jones Street, Raleigh Join NC Interfaith Power & Light’s lay and faith leader network for our Advocating with Compassion Day at the North Carolina General Assembly. Meet with your elected officials to hear their visions for NC’s future and to express your support for new and existing clean, renewable and energy efficient policies. Click here to find the contact information for your state legislators. An advocacy toolkit can be found by clicking here. Michelle Peedin, NCIPL Program Associate will be staffing a registration & resource table in the 1000 QUAD. Use the main […]
Many people want to take meaningful action on climate change, but don’t know where to start. Taking a big step, like switching to solar, doesn’t have to be hard. Any change is easier when you have a guide to point you the right way and when your community is on the same journey. NC Congregations are hosting events from Winston-Salem to Wilmington to help individuals and communities find out if solar is right for you. NCIPL has partnered with two mission-driven, locally-owned solar installation companies and at each event stop our solar experts will help you learn everything you need […]
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The impacts of climate variability and change affect everyone, but they disproportionately affect socially vulnerable populations, as they are the ones with the least resources to prepare and recover from impacts. Understanding where these concerns sit within a broad spectrum of stressors and challenges is important in order to identify opportunities to effectively communicate challenges and increase community resilience. This week, NC Interfaith Power & Light facilitated an Inclusive Climate Adaptation and Resilience Building session at the 2016 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference. Participants engaged in dialogue about their experiences with climate-related impacts that are anticipated to affect vulnerable or marginalized […]
We are thrilled to share that Penny J. Hopper has been awarded “Woman of the Year” by the League of Women Voters of Carteret County, NC. Penny joined NC Interfaith Power & Light in 2008 as a Steering Committee Member. A year later, she became the Secretary and in 2014 was elected to Vice-Chair. Her roles beyond NCIPL’s Executive Committee include chairing the Leadership Council, serving on the Worship Working Group, as well as serving as the coastal liaison between NCIPL and the Sierra Club, and being actively involved in her Unitarian Coastal Fellowship Green Sanctuary Committee. She retired from […]