|Faith Climate Action Week is Interfaith Power & Light’s premier week of climate action: sermons, worship services, educational events, and hands-on-action to show that people of faith are leading the way to heal our climate. It is a whole week of activities in celebration around Earth Day. With the help of people like you, Faith Climate Action Week has reached close to 2-million people with more than 5,000 climate and Earth stewardship sermons and talks nationwide.
In light of the spread of COVID-19 IPL encouraged everyone to switch their events to virtual events for 2020. The 2020 Faith Climate Action Week kit is evergreen, and when it is safe to gather in person again, you will find yourself reaching for the kit.
The 2020 theme of Faith Climate Action Week, “Love Made Visible” encouraged congregations to plan acts of Sacred Activism to protect the people we love and care about who are most affected by climate change. The kit includes a Sacred Activism Guide on how and why people of faith an conscience engage in advocacy including several suggested challenges, a Sacred Activism art guide, “For Love of Trees” a special interfaith tree planting blessing and ceremony, Faith Climate Voter Pledge cards to collect pledges from your congregation to vote with the climate in mind and stickers for those who pledge, and more!
Thousands joined the National Earth Day Climate Prayer – inviting members of their congregation to download the prayer to recite at 12noon local time on Earth Day. You can still click and pray along with Rev. Hendershot, IPL President and other religious leaders with their videos on IPL’s FB page. Share IPL’s FB post about the prayer to your FB page.
Thousands viewed The Human Element by environmental photographer and filmaker James Balog, of Chasing Ice fame from the comfort of their homes. Due to the restrictions on gatherings required by the pandemic that prevent congregations from hosting screenings, Mr. Balog kindly provided a link to view for free for IPL congregations and their congregants to continue building awareness about climate change during this challenging time. Many congregations held post viewing discussions of the film.
Hundreds joined the For Love of Trees campaign to celebrate Earth Day by planting trees in their community or through IPL’s Carbon Covenant program where $5 plants a tree that will live to maturity and sequester one ton of carbon pollution. Consider a monthly donation to offset your emissions. Report your trees planted on the For Love of Trees campaign page.
Faith Climate Voter Pledge campaign – You can still invite your congregants to sign the online pledge to vote with the climate in mind. Download the postcard from the kit, take a photo of yourself with it, and post to social media with the hashtag #FaithClimateVoter and tag @interfaithpowerandlight and invite others to sign. Link to the online pledge. IPL is collecting pledges all year leading up to election day in November.
Get your Faith Climate Action Week Kit with activities and postcards.