At the 2018 Annual Sessions this year, there will be a booth during free time and dinner time on Thursday and Friday where Resource Friends will be available to talk with you about their work and what they might be able to support for you and your meeting. They will also be offering workshops on Friday and Saturday. Resource Friends help our community thrive by providing support in specific areas of concern in our monthly and quarterly meetings. They offer a diversity of gifts and an extensive “how-to” knowledge-base. [Read more…] about Resource Friends at Annual Sessions!
Kay Wood and Linda Rosenwine, members at Chestnut Hill Monthly Meeting, produced a podcast discussing issues of environmental justice in Pennsylvania and in Philadelphia. Learn more below and check out the episode for yourself!
Did you know that PA emits 1% worldwide greenhouse gas?
- Listen to this Planet Philadelphia podcast to hear about how gas money corrupts PA politics and harms citizens from Greg Vitali, Pennsylvania State Representative for the 166th district.
- Christine Knapp, Director Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability, will discuss the draft of Powering Our Future, and how Philly is fighting back by going green.
- Also, check out Weaver’s Way Environment Committee member Marsha Low’s debut on Planet Philadelphia on this show.
“Don’t get scared – get prepared.” A Call to Meetings around Climate Change Prevention from the Eco-Justice Collaborative
The recent floods, hurricanes, and wildfires across the country have awoken many of us to the need for preparation, adaptation and mitigation to extreme weather. We’ve gotten messages and guidance on how to help Friends Meetings in Texas and Florida and many have been generous.
While standard disaster preparedness is in place in most of our counties, extreme weather can dump several months’ worth of rain in a few hours, leave whole communities without electricity and make access to essential services difficult. As we have painfully witnessed this fall, these events can swamp our standard disaster relief and recovery resources.
We recently saw this: “Don’t get scared – get prepared.” It spoke to us in the Eco-Justice Collaborative. What would it mean for us to be prepared? We began conversations with New Jersey Friends and others involved in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. We asked what they had learned. What they wish they had done before the storm. We then brought the question to Concord, Haverford, and Western Quarters and we heard that there was concern and interest.
Our Meetings, like other houses of worship can prepare before a disaster and we want to know how to show up for our members and our community during and after a disaster. Outside help will come and go, but the Meeting will always be here.
- Does your Meeting have a plan in the case of an extreme weather event? Southeastern PA is especially prone to flooding, for example.
- Is your Meeting already a member of the state or local VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster)?
- Do you provide regular services to elderly or disabled members? Would you be able to continue in a disaster?
- Do you have a phone tree in place?
- Have you done an assessment of your Meeting House?
- Is it an appropriate location as a shelter or a cooling station for extreme heat days?
- What can we do now as individual Friends and as Meetings to minimize the impact of extreme weather?
- Do our Pastoral Care committees have training in spiritual support for those suffering from the trauma of a disaster?
The Eco-Justice Collaborative invites Friends to reflect on these questions. We can be the best and most enduring supports for one another in a time of crisis.
To share what we learned from Hurricane Sandy and more recent extreme weather events, the Eco-Justice Collaborative, in collaboration with three Quarters, is piloting an opportunity for Friends and others to learn more about what our Meetings and members can do to build resilience. We are holding an event called Faith in Times of Disaster: Local Solutions to Mitigate Extreme Weather Events on December 9th (See PYM calendar for more information.)
Let’s be ready to care for each other and our neighbors. Let’s learn from the lessons of Hurricane Sandy and more recent experiences that have tested the faith community this fall. Join us in this conversation. We are eager to hear what you have already done and what you can share with others.
The Friendly Households project under the Eco-Justice Collaborative has a new updated grid which you and your meeting can use to help you reduce your ecological footprint. The new grid is linked here.
ECO-JUSTICE NEWS –June 2016
This is a monthly bulletin from the Eco-Justice Collaborative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to provide Friends with time-sensitive information and resources to help in their work for climate, economic and social justice. Please share as you think appropriate.
March for a Clean Energy Revolution. On Sunday, July 24th, Food & Water Watch, Sierra Club and many local and national allies are organizing thousands for a peaceful march in Philadelphia to call on elected officials to ban fracking, keep fossil fuels in the ground and make a swift transition to renewable energy. There is a large faith contingent supporting this march, and Eco Justice Collaborative has endorsed the march. To view the Faith Contingent’s Call to Communities of Faith and Spirit, go to http://bit.ly/dncfaith. Join in the planning, and endorse the march at (http://www.cleanenergymarch.org/). You can also contact your PA or NJ Food & Water Watch organizer: Sam Rubin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lena Smith (email@example.com).
There is a conference at Pendle Hill from Thursday, June 16th, to Sunday, June 19th, entitled Powerful Faith-Based Organizing for Climate Justice. Scholarships available. There are three workshops:
- Community-Based Resiliency Building (pragmatic approaches to healthy climate change adaption) with Pamela Boyce Simms (Transition USA and Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub)
- Strategic Nonviolent Direct Actions with Eileen Flanagan (EQAT)
- Lobbying and Moral Advocacy (lobbying reframed as a moral issue and action at the local government level) with Paula Kline (Eco Justice Collaborative)
Go to www.pendlehill.org and click on Featured Events in the lower right corner for more information and to register.
New Interfaith Sustained Climate Advocacy! Friends are urged to sign up for regular interfaith climate briefings. Each month, you can call in for a 1-hour briefing on the key issues in Pennsylvania. Together we identify the most effective action step at that time and make it fast and easy to act on behalf of protecting climate stability. To register contact: INFO@PAIPL.ORG or call 814-876-2597
June 21 7:00pm Friends Center, Philadelphia. Clean Air Council and Eco-Justice Collaborative event to stop a the hazardous waste burner http://cleanair.org/stopelcon
Bucks County was the only county in Pennsylvania to have two dangerous “Red Ozone Days” in 2013. In 2014, it was second only to Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in “orange” air quality days where children, the elderly and asthmatics are at risk of respiratory damage. In spite of this, the PA DEP is considering allowing Elcon Recycling Services to construct a hazardous waste treatment facility in Morrisville, next to the Wheelabrator Falls Waste Incinerator. Just last May, PADEP found that the incinerator violated its agreement to continuously monitor emissions.
LOCAL CAMPAIGNS OF INTEREST TO PYM FRIENDS
Help the Eco-Justice Collaborative meet our goal for 2016 – 100% of our Meetings using 100% Renewable Electricity.
Has you Meeting met to discuss participating in the shift to a just, 100% renewable electricity future? If you have switched, let us know! Take a picture of your Meeting with the “Powered by Renewable Electricity” sign and send it to be posted on the PYM website. If you have not shifted yet, open the attachment and bring it up soon. We want to make an announcement and celebrate you at Annual Sessions.
July 8-10 CommonBound Network Gathering “People of Faith Creating an Inclusive Economy”: in Buffalo NY people from across the country will gather to move together toward a new economy. Planners for this gathering include Quakers from Quaker Earthcare Witness and the Friends Economic Integrity Project. For more information, go to http://neweconomy.net/commonbound-network-gathering-people-faith-creating-inclusive-economy
We urge PYM Friends, especially those in the greater Philadelphia area to stay informed and active in three climate related campaigns.
1 – The Power Local Green Jobs Campaign uses nonviolent, direct action to challenge PECO, a utility company, to take responsibility for creating jobs and benefiting poor communities by making a major shift to locally generated solar power for electricity. The campaign has been joined by POWER, a broad multi-faith network of 60 congregations.
The campaign is calling on PECO to support the local economy by purchasing solar energy from Philadelphia rooftops, which will create jobs for local workers; lower electricity bills for families, schools, and churches; and make a more resilient electrical grid. This campaign proposes solutions to three critical issues: underemployment, crumbling infrastructure, and mitigating the impacts of climate change.
This Earth Quaker Action Team campaign has expanded to the entire PECO area, to promote green jobs and solar installations. Learn how to help: http://www.eqat.org/
2 – 350Philly is focusing on preventing a natural gas plant for SEPTA/
3 – A number of Philadelphia area Friends are active in Green Justice Philly, which seeks to oppose the approval of a proposal to create an energy hub/port in Southport. They are mobilizing around no new fossil fuel infrastructure.
Learn more here: http://greenjusticephilly.org/
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In the words of Patrick Hall, “You just have to think ‘racism’ and ‘money’ to understand what drives ‘The New Jim Crow’.” Changing the whole justice system to reform things like bail, access to lawyers, the pressure to agree to plea deals, the “war on drugs”, the rise of private prisons, will all take time. Two crucial areas that people can begin helping with are the “School to Prison Pipeline” and increasing support for Returning Citizens.
The workshop grew out of a three-day Pendle Hill conference on Ending Mass Incarceration two years ago. A distillation of that conference and some possible next steps were the goal. A sumptuous dinner was prepared by the Peace and Social Action Committee of Yardley Meeting. This program will also be offered Saturday, July 9, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon at the Trenton Free Library, 120 Academy Street, Trenton, NJ, along with free breakfast. Come out and learn how to help raise awareness and foster change.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]