The Live Earth concerts were a series of music concerts held in major cities around the world on July 7th to raise awareness about global warming. They took place in New York, Washington D.C., London, Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, Tokyo, Hamburg, and Sydney and included such high-profile music acts as Madonna, Smashing Pumpkins, Kelly Clarkston, Bon Jovi, Kanye West, Dave Matthews, Fall Out Boy, and The Police.
If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.
--Lyndon B. Johnson
The promised TXIPL Cool Cities page has been completed! Click on the "Cool Cities Campaign" link on the left Contents bar to see the new page or simply click here.
The page includes information on what exactly the Cool Cities Campaign is, how you can get involved, other Cool Cities across the nation, and up-dated environmental news to keep you in the know.
Check out this press release from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for full, reliable information on how you can update your air conditioning unit. The release gives examples of the best models for your climate type and information on how to reduce the costs of a new unit by taking advantage of federal tax incentives.
For the website version click here.
Save Money this Summer by Taking Advantage of Efficiency Incentives
Al Gore was published in the New York Times Sunday Opinion section on July 1st. Read what he has to say about global warming, post-Kyoto agreements, and the Live Earth concerts coming up this Saturday.
Op-Ed Contributor (read here or click on this link for the original format)
Moving Beyond Kyoto
By AL GORE
Published: July 1, 2007
Pop Culture Goes Green!
This Saturday July 7th, 2007, Live Earth concerts will occur around the globe as various and multiple pop stars combine their powers of mass media to achieve global awareness. Live Earth is a 24-hour, 7-continent concert series that will bring together more than 100 music artists and 2 billion people to trigger a global movement to solve the climate crisis.
Thanks to the Texas Legislature's work last month, the national renewable energy certification body Green-e has announced they will certify Texas renewable power effective immediately. This means that individuals, congregations and other purchasers can have confidence that by purchasing Texas-generated green power, they are meaningfully reducing global warming emissions as well as emissions of nitrous oxide (NOx) and other contaminants that pollute Texas' air and contribute to asthma and other health problems.
Green-e certification is a "Good Housekeeping seal of approval" for renewable energy, similar to "Fair Trade" or "Certified Organic" labels on food products.
Texas Interfaith Power and Light joins with the Regeneration Project to invite clergy and leaders of religious organizations to sign a petition calling the U.S. Government to take massive action to address the global warming crisis.
Individuals and congregations can take concrete steps to reduce their own global warming pollution emissions directly AND to advocate for policies that will reduce global warming pollution in Texas, the US and world.
Reduce Your "Footprint" Buying electricity that comes from renewable sources, making buildings more energy efficient, and choosing products that use less energy are all ways to cut your own global warming emissions. Here are lists, links and tips to get you started.
i thank You God for this most amazing day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes
130 Texas Congregations to Join in National Week of "Spotlight on Global Warming"
Join us during the week of October 1 through 8, as congregations around the country hold screenings of the new global warming movie An Inconvenient Truth and other new global warming feature films.
At a time when Texas leads the United States in global warming pollution, Texas religious communities are participating in an unprecedented project to help people of faith understand and engage the issues surrounding global warming and possible solutions.
More than 130 Texas congregations will be hosting screenings of the new global warming documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” during the week of October 1-8. They will be among 4,000 congregations across the U.S. showing the film that week.
The weeklong event—called “Spotlight on Global Warming”—is sponsored nationally by Interfaith Power and Light, an organization of congregations and individuals devoted to deepening the connection between ecology and faith. There are 18 state Interfaith Power and Light chapters, including Texas Interfaith Power and Light.
The world’s religious traditions are clear in their message that God loves the whole creation and calls people to care for the Earth and everything in it. Religious leaders of all faiths are increasingly vocal in their calls for strong action on global warming to protect human life and all creation.
Texas leads the nation in global warming pollution but there’s good news, too: Texas has the greatest renewable energy potential of any state, and this year became the largest wind power producer in the US. It’s a key time for people of faith and all Texans to engage in the debate surrounding global warming solutions.
Congregations large and small throughout Texas are taking part in the screenings. Events range from small screenings for groups within a congregation to large public events.
Some congregations are holding potluck meals in conjunction with the screenings; others are following the movie with panel discussions or other kinds of presentations.
If your congregation is not participating in "Spotlight on Global Warming" week but you'd like to get involved in the issue and participate in future events, please contact Texas Interfaith Power and Light and we will let you know of future opportunities!
For more information on the global warming movies:
(Photo "Earth From Space With Stars" by User DonkeyHotey used under a Creative Commons-Attribution-NonCommercial License.)