Here are some events we have participated in the past that focus on public policy engagement:
Interfaith Power & Light DC fly-in on Climate Action-March 8-9, 2017
Rev. Meribah Mansfield and Rev. Dr. Tony Minor represented Ohio IPL at the Interfaith Power & Light Washington DC fly-in on March 8-9th. They met with Senator Brown’s and Senator Portman’s offices and House Representatives urging them to defend the Clean Air Act and the EPA authority to regulate carbon, methane, and other heat-trapping climate pollution.
Along with other environmental groups, we held an interfaith prayer gathering at the Ohio Statehouse, followed by legislator visits.
Clean Energy Petition
Thank you for signing the Clean Energy Petition that was sent to Governor Kasich in support of renewable energy and energy efficiency standards. Read an article from EcoWatch, about the standards, here.
Statehouse Lobby Day-April 21, 2016
It was a beautiful day in Columbus as persons of faith from around Ohio came to the Statehouse to show support for a clean energy future. Nearly two hundred were present on the Statehouse lawn for the Rally and over sixty-five legislative visits were made expressing the need for Ohio to move forward on clean energy and “Unfreeze Ohio’s Clean Energy Standards”. Click HERE for more information.
People’s Climate March-October 2015, Cleveland, Edgewater Park
This rally featured union members, civic faith, business, community and environmental leaders focused on turning this movement into action before it is too late. We are the first generation to see the effects of climate change and the last generation that can solve it.
Community Forum on Clean Energy-October 2015
Community event to discuss energy and climate issues in Cleveland. Senator Skindell in attendance to discuss impacts to constituents and options to move forward on clean energy and local options to comply with the clean power plan.
WEEK OF CLIMATE ACTION-November 2014
OhIPL, along with other organizations across the Midwest, called on our state and national leaders to stand up in support of strong carbon pollution standards. A picture petition, with Ohio’s pictures here and other Regional Week of Action (Nov. 17-21, 2014) pictures here:
OHIO’S MORAL MOVEMENT RALLY (October 2014)
A broad cross-section of Ohio clergy and people of faith held a prayer rally on the South Side of the Ohio Statehouse to oppose the flood of divisive legislation enacted by the Ohio state legislature. They prayed for legislators to pursue an inclusive, moral agenda and raise up these issues to encourage voters to hold their elected officials accountable.
Jerrod Howard a Seminary Student from Trinity Lutheran Seminary shared why environmental protection is part of the moral movement.
Ohio faith leaders joined together to call on the Ohio legislature and Governor Kasich to support the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Standards to ensure we are moving towards a Clean Energy era.
Over 160 legislators and faith community representatives gathered at the Ohio Statehouse for a presentation by Dr. Lonnie Thompson, OSU Byrd Polar Scientist and Bob Inglis, Executive Director Energy and Enterprise Initiative. Click here for Channel 4 coverage of the event.