Clergy, Lay Leaders, and People of Faith – A Call to “Light the Path Forward”

Light the path forward:

Candlelight vigil to remember the impacts of coal ash

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Wednesday, April 30th, the eve of the Duke Energy annual shareholder meeting
7:30 to 8:30 PM
New Duke Energy Headquarters, 550 South Tryon St, Charlotte, NC
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Faith traditions around the world have a rich heritage of preserving and protecting the environment and speaking out on environmental justice issues (see below). That’s why we need clergy, lay leaders, and people of faith to join us and send Duke Energy, their Board of Directors, and major shareholders a message calling for a new path forward. This is an opportunity to speak out and show our solidarity on three key issues:

Climate Disruption – The recent IPCC report “Climate Change 2014 Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability” and the NBC news “Our Year of Extremes: Did Climate Change Just Hit Home?” illustrate how communities are suffering the impact of climate disruption. Changing the business practices of Duke Energy, the largest investor owned utility in the world, will send a strong message that we have a moral obligation to act on climate change.

Coal Ash Clean Up – Clergy and lay leaders have a responsibility as stewards of our environment to speak out to preserve and protect our air, water, lands and the health of our communities. Duke Energy must take immediate action to stop their coal ash pollution, remove the coal ash from our drinking water supplies, store the dry coal ash in properly designed and monitored lined containments that do not place extra burdens on low income and communities of color.

Cost of Coal Ash Clean Up – Duke CEO Lynn Good has gone on record as saying that rate payers will be charged for coal ash clean up in North Carolina. Duke Energy has profited for years from avoiding dealing with safe, long term storage of coal ash. We need the faith community to speak out about the potential impact on seniors, those on fixed income, the un/underemployed, and businesses and schools in our communities.

Make plans to join us and to help announce this gathering. Please RSVP to Bill Gupton or for questions and more information.

Faith, the Environment, and Environmental Justice

Catholic Church

“The vocation of being a “protector,” however, is not just something involving us Christians alone; it also has a prior dimension which is simply human, involving everyone. It means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and as Saint Francis of Assisi showed us. It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live”

~ Pope Francis, [ Homily of Pope Francis, 19 March 2013.]

Islam

Allah, in His Wisdom, appointed humans, the creatures that He has conferred with the faculty of reason and with free will, to be His vice regents on earth. And while Allah has invited people to partake of the fruits of the earth for their rightful nourishment and enjoyment, He has also directed them not to waste that which Allah has provided for him—for He loveth not wasters.

~ Hyder Ihsan Mahasneh, biologist and Islamic scholar, [Faiths and Ecology: Islamic Faith Statement]

Judaism

‘Therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live’ (Deuteronomy 30:20). Humankind has solemn obligation to improve the world for future generations. Minimizing climate change requires us to learn how to live within the ecological limits of the earth so that we will not compromise the ecological or economic security of those who come after us.”,

~ Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, [Confronting the Challenge of Climate Change, 06/1998]

Buddhism

The scientific consensus is overwhelming: human activity is triggering environmental breakdown on a planetary scale… Collectively, we are violating the first precept—“do not harm living beings”—on the largest possible scale. And we cannot foresee the biological consequences for human life when so many species that invisibly contribute to our own well-being vanish from the planet…

~ The Dalai Lama, [The Time to Act is Now: A Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change]

Unitarian Universalist Association

“As Unitarian Universalists, we are called by our seventh Principle to affirm and promote “respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”

~ 2006 Statement of Conscience, [Threat of Global Warming/Climate Change, 2006]

Other Christian Traditions

Southern Baptist Conference

[A Southern Baptist Declaration on the Environment and Climate Change]

Evangelical Christianity

[Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action]

Episcopal Church

[Unnumbered Resolution: The Episcopal Church commits to Climate Justice for all God’s People and all God’s Creation, July 2012]

National Association of Evangelicals

[Loving the Least of These: Addressing a Changing Environment (pdf), 2011]

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

[Carbon Neutral Resolution, 2008]

Christian Reformed Church

[Our World Belongs to God: A Contemporary Testimony in 2008]

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

[Environment Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope, and Justice, 08/28/1993]

United Church of Christ

[A Resolution on Climate Change,2007]

United Methodist Church

[ Issues: Climate Justice]

Source: FCNL: http://fcnl.org/issues/energy/faith_statements_climate/

 

 

McCutcheon, the Koch Brothers and their other Billionaire Polluter Buddies – April 16th

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Dear Friends,

Find out how to take action to save our democracy from the torrent of big polluter money unleashed by McCutcheon v FEC on Wed, April 16

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Meet Shaun McCutcheon. He’s the coal company executive whose case before the Supreme Court argued that billionaires like him should be able to write even bigger campaign checks. And now he’s taking a “victory lap” to celebrate, making plans with his billionaire buddies to funnel even more money into our elections.[1]

But we’re not taking this lying down. On the day the Supreme Court handed down the McCutcheon v FEC case, within hours in 150 cities across the country we and other members of the Democracy Initiative held rallies opposing their decision to sell out our democracy to the highest bidder.

Wednesday, April 16th at 8 pm EST, join us and activists from across the country to discuss the impact of the disastrous McCutcheon decision, to celebrate the successes of the rallies, and to learn more about what we can do next to fight back together.

When McCutcheon, the Koch Brothers and their other billionaire polluter buddies speak, they shout down the free speech of citizens like you and me. If we want to switch to clean, renewable sources of energy and solve the problems of climate change, we must first fix the climate in our elections.

McCutcheon and other polluters can write their checks. Their money may talk, but it doesn’t walk. Join us to find out how to take action.

Event Details

WHO: You, Sierra Club, members of the Democracy Initiative including Public Citizen and Demos
WHAT: Exclusive  town hall webinar on how to take action against the disastrous McCutcheon decision
WHEN: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT
WHERE: Your computer!

RSVP: http://action.sierraclub.org/McCutcheonTownHall

Questions? Contact Democracy.Program@sierraclub.org

Thank you for everything you do for our environment and democracy,

Courtney Hight
Director, Democracy Program
Sierra Club

P.S. To fight back against the onslaught of money unleased by McCutcheon, we need to build a movement. Forward this email to your friends and family and share on your social networks.

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References

[1] “Shaun McCutcheon’s Victory Lap,” Politico, April 12, 2014.

Solarize Charlotte Kick-Off Meeting – April 15, 6:30 PM

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Solarize Charlotte Kick-Off Meeting

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Area 15
514 E 15th St, Charlotte, NC
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We have exciting news about renewable energy! This spring and summer we will be building broad and diverse support for rooftop solar by “Solarizing” Charlotte.

Please join us to learn more about the program and how to get involved in outreach. This is an evening you don’t want to miss!

“Solarize” is a Department of Energy-endorsed program that is designed to increase access to distributed solar by removing historic barriers to solar–including cost and hassle. This time-limited opportunity uses grassroots networks, bulk purchasing discounts, and tax incentives to provide home owners in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Union and Cabarrus Counties with cleaner and cheaper energy options.

We believe that solar is for everyone and we want Solarize Charlotte to be a strong and diverse effort. A critical component of the program is an intentional outreach and education drive to get the word out about Solarize.

Together we can bring Solar to Charlotte.

 

Host a Gasland Part II house party – Keep NC Frack Free

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Dear Friends,

Sign up to host a Gasland Part II house party!

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Host a Gasland Part II house party!

If you haven’t seen Gasland Part II yet, now is your chance.

Filmmaker Josh Fox picks up where he left off in Gasland Part I and examines the long-term impacts of fracking, including reports of poisoned water, earthquakes and even neurological damage. He takes this camera abroad to share the experiences of Australians whose lives have been irreparably changed because of fracking.

The U.S. is at a fork in the road: invest in clean, renewable energy or continue to rely on “all of the above”– meaning more fracking all across our communities and public lands. With millions of acres of land in jeopardy, it’s up to activists like you to tell President Obama to keep those dirty fuels in the ground to protect our climate, our public lands and our communities.

You can help by hosting a house party. Invite your friends and family to screen Gasland Part II, and give everyone the opportunity to show their support for protecting our communities, our climate and our public lands from fracking.

As a host, you would:

  • Pick the date for your house party between April 28 and May 9 and register your party online.
  • Invite your friends, family, and neighbors.
  • Encourage your guests to get involved by taking action.

All house party hosts within the U.S. (excluding Puerto Rico) will receive a free copy of Gasland Part II. We have a limited number of copies, so sign up early! A downloadable house party guide will be provided, too.

Register your Gasland Part II House Party today!

Thanks for all that you do to protect our environment,

Deb Nardone
Director, Keeping Dirty Fuels in the Ground Initiative
Sierra Club

P.S. If you have friends or family who would be interested in hosting their own house party, please share this email with them

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Take Action: Oppose Dirty Energy, Support Clean Energy

Speak out today!

Take Action: Stop a Flood of Natural Gas Exports Take Action: Stop a Flood of Natural Gas ExportsLegislation has been introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives that would rubberstamp exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the U.S. without any review or protections in place for the American public and our environment. This would essentially open the floodgates for natural gas exports, leading to more hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) here at home and more climate-disrupting pollution.

Take Action
Tell your senators and representative to oppose legislation that would rubberstamp liquefied natural gas exports!


Take Action: Tell the Senate to Protect Clean Energy Jobs Take Action: Tell the Senate to Protect Clean Energy Jobs

Last week, the Senate Finance committee moved to extend a package of critical clean energy tax credits, including the production tax credit for wind. We need the Senate to vote on this package immediately to ensure that clean, cheap, American-made clean energy continues to grow.

Take Action
Please tell your senators to bring the EXPIRE Act to the floor and vote yes.

Help Mecklenburg Park and Recreation Plan Its Future

Do you like trees, trails, nature preserves, greenways, parks, environmental education, sports facilities, and other venues that make our county greener and more sustainable? I thought so! Then take some time and share your thoughts about the future plans for our Mecklenburg Park and Recreation!

P.S. Why not also get out today and explore a new county park or nature preserve? And when you see a Park & Rec staff member, thank them for preserving and protecting our special areas!

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Help Park and Recreation Plan Its Future

The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department is updating its comprehensive master plan, and they want your input.

The master plan is more than just a capital investment plan. It includes recreation and educational program services, policy recommendations, service levels, revenue/sponsorship/cost recovery recommendations, and marketing. Park and Recreation updates the master plan every five years in an attempt to ensure services are closely aligned with the needs of our residents. It serves as a “blueprint” for future initiatives, facilities, and programs, as well as strategies for accomplishing the goals of the plan.

View recommendations and provide input here