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December 2017

Dear MIP&L members and friends,


Saturday, March 10, 2018
8:30 am-12:30 pm
St. Matthew's United Methodist Church
435 Central Street
Acton, MA 01720

Leading by example can be a powerful part of our moral responsibility to care for creation. By reducing the carbon footprints at our houses of worship we also lower energy bills and free up funds needed for other important purposes. Participants will learn what to do about:

8:30 am: registration & refreshments.
9:00 am-12:30 pm: Workshop presentations. Presenters are Jim Nail, Tom Nutt-Powell and Bill Schroeder.

All faiths welcome!

Clergy, lay leaders, building & creation care committee members encouraged to attend. We recommend 2 attendees per house of worship. Light refreshments will be served. Fee is $20 payable online through PayPal, or at the door by check.

Register in advance at

For more information contact Vince Maraventano at or 617-244-0755.

Underwritten by the United Methodist Foundation of New England

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Make a Holiday Gift of Trees in Tanzania

On the slope of Kilimanjaro

Consider giving a gift that honors Creation this holiday season through IPL's Carbon Covenant Program. Your gift will support Tanzanian communities as they work to reforest the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and adapt to a changing climate.

Give a gift to reforest Mount Kilimanjaro and your gift will go twice as far!

A generous IPL donor is matching all donations made to support tree planting on Mount Kilimanjaro this holiday season. This means your gift will plant twice as many trees!

The ice caps of Africa's tallest mountain have been decreasing since the 1970s. The people living on the slopes and foothills of this incredible mountain are affected since they depend on water from the ice fields and snow-melt during the dry season. Deforestation has worsened the situation. Will you give the Gift of Trees this holiday season and support communities in Tanzania as they adapt to a changing climate and fight global warming?


Climate Change Driving Extreme Weather Events in US & the World

In a new collection of papers published on December 13th in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, researchers around the world analyzed 27 extreme weather events from 2016 and found that human-caused climate change was a "significant driver" for 21 of them. The New York Times reported that in 2016, Earth reached its highest temperature on record beating marks set in 2015 and 2014. A new study led by Thomas R. Knutson of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration concluded that the record warmth worldwide "was only possible due to substantial centennial-scale human-caused warming." Increases were particularly severe over parts of the Arctic ocean where temperatures were 20 to 30 degrees F above normal.

Alaska blobs
A researcher near Utqiagvik, Alaska. Credit David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe, via Getty Images

In the first few months of 2016, severe droughts and heat waves spread across much of southern Africa, triggering local food and water shortages that affected millions. A study led by Xing Yuan of the Chinese Academy of Sciences found that flash droughts had tripled in the region over the past 60 years, with global warming "mainly responsible" for the trend.

Over the past few years, a large patch of unusually warm water has appeared off the coast of Alaska, popularly known as "the blob." These warm waters have allowed toxic algae blooms to spread across the region, killing seabirds by the thousands and forcing local fisheries to close. "A new study, led by John E. Walsh of the University of Alaska, called the blob "unprecedented" and argued that it 'cannot be explained without anthropogenic climate warming,' although natural factors such as El Niño and atmospheric variability also played an important role."

Two other studies clarify the links between climate change and Hurricane Harvey. One led by Mark D. Risser of Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory concluded "that human-induced climate change likely increased the chances of the observed precipitation accumulations during Hurricane Harvey in the most affected areas of Houston by a factor of at least 3.5" and increased the amount of rainfall between 18.8% and a best estimate of 37.7%. Another study led by Geert Jan van Oldenborgh of the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute similarly found that climate change increased the amount of rain that fell in Houston over a 4 day period by between 15 and 38 percent.


The State of Our Union Is Wrong: A Climate Prebuttal with Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is coming to Boston! Please join Better Future Project and the Jamaica Plain Forum for a conversation with Bill in the weeks leading up to the State of the Union. Tickets are $10 each, and you can purchase them via Eventbrite. Proceeds will benefit Better Future Project and 350 Mass.

Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 from 7:30 to 9pm,
First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain, MA

From: Better Future Project News

Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative

Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative

A Unitarian Universalist church in Barnstable and a United Church of Christ congregation in Orleans have taken the lead in creating a new environmental network for faith communities on Cape Cod and the Islands. Started in summer 2017, the new network is affiliated with the Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative. It offers a variety of opportunities for faith bodies to learn from each other about ways they can pursue the faith-ecology connection. More information is available from the network's Orleans-based co-chair, Paul Minus (, 909.802.9617).


Catholic Leaders Urge Action on Climate – Funding of Green Climate Fund

Catholic Climate Covenant

The leaders of 161 Catholic colleges and universities, religious congregations, national organizations, and health care providers, serving people and communities in every state of the nation, have issued a letter to President Trump and the U.S. Congress in support of climate change science, funding and international policy negotiations..

"This letter demonstrates a broad, unified Catholic desire for American leadership on climate change" said Most Rev. Richard Pates, Bishop of Des Moines and United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)-appointed Liaison to Catholic Climate Covenant. "In the letter, Catholic leaders reiterate the U.S. bishops' counsel to act on widely-accepted climate change science. The leaders then collectively urge President Trump and members of the U.S. Congress to take three specific actions:

  1. Fund the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC);
  2. Meaningfully participate in the deliberations of the UNFCCC; and
  3. Honor U.S. Commitments to the Green Climate Fund

For more information:; 202-756-5545;



Candlelight vigil

God help us to change

God help us to change. To change

Ourselves and to change our world.

To know the need for it. To deal with the pain of it.

To feel the joy of it. To undertake the journey without

Understanding the destination. The art of gentle revolution.


Michael Leunig


Finding a Voice

It is only where a significant, vocal and active section of society which has its own frame of reference ... expresses its priorities for policies, that the Government, which has the executive power, may be moved to act accordingly. This is not a simple matter, but it is not impossible either, and it is a part the Church should play. The Church itself contains many interests and diverse points of view, yet these can be held together on this issue by the affirmation that this is God's world which is valuable to Him and hence must be cared for as something with its own intrinsic value.

Church of Scotland, Department of Ministry and Mission



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Peace and blessings,

Your friends at MIP&L


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