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
We are part of the fabric of the creation--connected to the elements, plants, and animals through the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. So perhaps it should come as no surprise that damage to our environment has real and damaging impacts on people. Join us on October 31st to learn more about environmental impacts on human health, and to explore some of those issues here in Texas.
This guest blog post is written by Rev. Paul John Roach. Rev. Paul John Roach is Senior Minister of Unity Church of Fort Worth, and is a founding member of Fort Worth Interfaith Power & Light.
As part of Austin Energy's new rate plan, effective this month (October, 2012), Austin houses of worship will see some changes in their bills. On Wednesday, October 17th, Austin Energy officials held an informational meeting to inform the faith community about these changes. Learn more about the new rates here.
Along with new rates come new programs--including some energy-efficiency programs for houses of worship. New or updated programs include:
Water is an increasing concern for Texas. As the climate warms, we expect to have less water. Meanwhile, our population is growing. How can we work together to ensure that all Texans have access to adequate supplies of fresh, clean water--and what religious principles and practices might offer guidance along the way?
On Monday, October 15th at 7:00 p.m. at Brite Divinity School, Harrison Building, we will explore some of these issues from a religious perspective in "Water Matters: An Interfaith Conversation About the Environment in North Texas." This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Fort Worth Interfaith Power & Light--the local affiliate of Texas Interfaith Power & Light--and Brite Divinity School.
Mark Your Calendars! Upcoming Local, Interfaith Environmental Events in Fort Worth, Dallas, & Austin
Energized teams of local, interfaith, environmental leaders are getting together, building relationships, and taking action all over Texas! We have upcoming events in Houston and in San Antonio. We also have ongoing meetings and public events in Fort Worth, Dallas, and Austin. For information about those, read on!
Dallas Interfaith Power & Light is meeting on Monday, September 24th for a viewing and round table discussion of a Nova documentary, Power Surge. They are also working together to craft a vision and mission statement.
The Dallas group will meet again on Monday, October 22nd, when Glen Suhran will present on "The Science Behind Global Warming."
Join leaders of different religious traditions who share a concern about the environment on Saturday, October 6th at 5:00 p.m. to plan next steps for the emerging Houston Interfaith Power & Light group--Houston's local, interfaith, environmental network.
Click here to download additional resources about fracking, courtesy of the Environmental Defense Fund.
The practice of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," for oil and natural gas, is highly contentious in other parts of the country--but it's been going on in Texas for years. North and South Texas are both hot spots for drilling, and local communities have approached the practice in different ways. The state has weighed in, too--during the 2011 legislative session, Texas Impact helped pass legislation requiring companies to disclose the types of chemicals and amount of water used in the drilling process.
For our September interfaith environmental conference call, we'll take a look at "fracking." We are excited to welcome Virginia Palacios of the Environmental Defense Fund, who will give us an overview of hydraulic fracturing in Texas--where it's happening, environmental effects, updates on regulation, and a look ahead to possible related legislation during the 2013 session.
All qualifying entries will receive a beautiful certificate suitable for framing. In addition, cash prizes of $1,000 will go to winning contestants in each category: