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

Cool Cities Webpage Now Up!

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on Mon, 2007-07-09 15:01

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.

Beating the Heat: This Season and In Years To Come

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on Mon, 2007-07-09 11:58

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 Op-Ed

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on Tue, 2007-07-03 12:05

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

Published: July 1, 2007


Pop Culture Goes Green

Submitted by Guest (not verified) on Tue, 2007-07-03 11:45

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.

National Certification for Texas Renewables

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.



What Can I Do About Global Warming?

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.

Interfaith Power and Light presents An Inconvenient Truth October 1-8, 2006

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130 Texas Congregations to Join in National Week of "Spotlight on Global Warming"

View the List of Texas Congregations and Find a Showing in Your Area

NEW: Download global warming information for Texas congregations 

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: 

An Inconvenient Truth

The Great Warming

Kilowatt Ours

(Photo "Earth From Space With Stars" by User DonkeyHotey used under a Creative Commons-Attribution-NonCommercial License.)

About Texas Interfaith Power & Light

Texas Interfaith Power and Light (TXIPL) is a nonprofit religious education project that helps congregations of all faiths in Texas take action to reduce global warming and air pollution through energy conservation and renewable energy strategies. TXIPL is one of 38 state IPL organizations.

Under the leadership of our steering committee, we provide theological and policy education, training, products and services that congregations and their members need to incorporate emissions reduction and renewable energy into their day-to-day activities and operations.

TXIPL is Texas’ only statewide, interfaith environmental organization with formal ties to the state’s Christian, Jewish and Muslim denominational bodies. TXIPL is the environmental program of The Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy.


IMG_118 Texas Interfaith Power and Light is part of a national movement with branches in 38 states. Interfaith Power and Light is a ministry devoted to deepening the connection between ecology and faith. Our goal is to help people of faith recognize and fulfill their responsibility for the stewardship of creation. Specifically, the IPL campaign is mobilizing a national religious response to global warming while promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation. People of faith have an opportunity to put their faith into action and help reduce the devastating effects of global warming. http://www.theregenerationproject.org/


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(Photo "Wind Turbine" by User Diane Turner used under a Creative Commons-Attribution License.)