Interfaith Power and Light

Interfaith Power and LightECOFaith supports the Interfaith Power & Light mission to be faithful stewards of creation by responding to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. The IPL recognizes that the actions of a faithful steward protects the earthís ecosystems, safeguards the health of all creation, and ensures sufficient, sustainable energy for all. Shrinking carbon footprints and educating “people in the pews” about the role of people of faith in the current climate change crisis.

A statement from the IPL website presents their directive, that “Global warming is one of the biggest threats facing humanity today. The very existence of life ó life that religious people are called to protect ó is jeopardized by our continued dependency on fossil fuels for energy. Every major religion has a mandate to care for Creation. We were given natural resources to sustain us, but we were also given the responsibility to act as good stewards and preserve life for future generations.”

Interfaith Power & Light effort began in 1998 with Episcopal Power & Light and the support of Grace Cathedral as a unique coalition of Episcopal churches aggregated to purchase renewable energy. In 2000, this Episcopal effort broadened its focus, brought in other faith partners, and California Interfaith Power & Light was born. California IPL developed a successful organizational model that engaged hundreds of congregations, educated thousands of people of faith about the moral and ethical mandate to address global warming, and helped pass Californiaís landmark climate and clean energy laws. Building on Californiaís success, this model has now been adopted by 38 sister state affiliates, and are working to establish Interfaith Power & Light programs in every state.