Why pledge to be a Faith Climate Justice Voter?
Voting matters. No matter the outcome, our participation shows that we care about our neighbors and our planet, that we believe our voices matter. When we vote, we show that we are paying attention, and that whoever wins will need to pay attention to us. That is why Wisconsin Interfaith Power & Light and other state IPL affiliates are leading the Faith Climate Voter campaign.
The aim of the strictly nonpartisan campaign is to make sure that climate justice is an unavoidable theme this election season — that it is top of mind for voters, candidates and the media. We want to make sure that our message is shared by the leaders and members of faith communities, the subject of Op-Eds and letters to the editor, social media posts, and everyday conversations. By doing so, we will prepare the ground for bold, effective climate action in the new year, whoever our elected leaders may be.
What can you do?
1. Sign the Faith Climate Justice Voter Pledge and pledge to vote with the climate and Creation in mind. We are aiming to collect 4000 pledges from Wisconsin voters to demonstrate to candidates and the media that people of faith think about climate justice when casting their vote, and that they will hold our elected officials accountable after the election.
2. Share the pledge with friends and family on social media with the hashtags #FaithClimateJusticeVoter, #VoteYourValues, #Vote2020, and use this kit to engage others in your congregation.
3. Reflect on the issues at stake in this election, including climate change, by downloading, reading, and discussing Democracy, Values and the 2020 Election: A Reflection Guide for Faith Communities — produced by Interfaith Power and Light and Faith in Public Life, and endorsed by WIP&L.
4. Write a letter to the editor using these talking points from the Faith Climate Justice Voter Campaign (you can also use them for social media posts, sermons, etc.)
5. Sign up to give a sermon or talk for your congregation on the importance of voting, and download helpful resources.
6. Register to vote or check your registration, learn about mail-in and absentee voting, polling sites, what’s on the ballot, and everything else you need to know to make your plan for voting at My Vote Wisconsin (for our friends in other states, you can find voting information here).
7. Assist and encourage friends, family, neighbors and others to vote. Sign up for the Empower app to receive periodic talking points and updates and easily share them with your contacts. You can watch a training video on relational organizing and how the app works.
Take the Faith Climate Voter pledge and collect pledges during Faith Climate Action Week from members of your congregation.
Dear Friends of Earth and WI Interfaith Power & Light,
Greetings to all of us who care for Earth! Even as we must deal with the current coronavirus pandemic, we know that finding ways to save and heal our planet is as important as ever. I hope you are finding ways to celebrate and take action this week in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day.
“Praised be You, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, St. Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. — Pope Francis, Laudato Si
I am writing to you on behalf of Interfaith Power & Light, which is both a national and state movement of individuals and organizations of faith who are working for the healing our planet.
I belong to a Catholic order, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross located in Green Bay, Wisconsin. As you know, St. Francis had a great love for all of creation as is evidenced by his “Canticle of Creatures.” As a Sister of St. Francis, I, too, have a great love for all of creation. I am very concerned about the future of our Mother Earth.
Our religious order is dedicated to saving energy, using renewable energy and living sustainably. Six years ago, we installed solar panels at our Motherhouse and last year we expanded our solar array so that solar can cover an average of 50% of the electricity needs at our Motherhouse. We regularly spread the word about solar, renewable energy and sustainability by giving presentations and making our solar site a type of classroom. In addition, our site is engulfed in wildflowers and prairie and is a place with walking paths and benches that provide space for meditation. We continue to try to find new ways to follow St. Francis and Pope Francis.
In our world today, we regularly receive dire news about our planet and the lack of action on the part of our administration in Washington D.C. But I am convinced we need to focus on the good news. More and more individuals and companies are adding solar and wind as renewable forms of energy. More and more individuals and organizations are finding ways to reduce energy usage. We each need to take action to add to the good news.
Because you are receiving this newsletter, I presume you are also concerned about our earth and make a difference. As a Board member of Wisconsin Interfaith Power & Light, I invite you to join us in implementing the goal of WIP&L to inform, train, and activate people of all faith and faith communities to take concrete steps in response to climate change through wise energy stewardship and other actions to reduce the emissions that cause global warming.
This year, we are excited to launch our Faith Climate Voter campaign to encourage voting with creation and the climate in mind! We are hopeful that, when the November elections are over, we’ll be in a much stronger position to press for effective climate action at all levels of government. Watch for more information on our Facebook page and in our e-newsletters.
The work of Interfaith Power and Light is only accomplished through the support of individuals and faith groups. We know that your financial situation may be stressed and precarious in these uncertain days, but if you are able, please support our work. You can also support us as a volunteer! If you would like to help with outreach to congregations, programs, social media, advocacy, database management, or in another way please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sister Rose Jochmann
Wisconsin Interfaith Power & Light