A New Era in the Climate Justice Movement Begins on January 20th at Noon

by Jim Antal


Interfaith prayer vigils focusing on climate justice will be held all across the nation over the course of 100 hours beginning on noon January 20th.  This is a prayerful antidote to the climate denying fossil-fuel promoting administration that will be sworn into office at that time.  Pam Arifian, Director of the Northeast Regional Environmental Justice Center at Silver Lake, provides background and details below. 
If you and some members of your congregation together with others in your community can “show up” – even for an hour – as part of this national effort, please do so and be sure to register here: https://peoplesclimate.org/ .  Call a neighboring congregation, synagogue or mosque and invite them to join you in a one hour vigil after worship.  Thank you for your ongoing witness – now and in the months ahead.

First 100 Hours Interfaith Climate Justice Vigils
Blog post by Pam Arifian

The enormous witness that turned out in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux water protectors to fight the Dakota Access Pipeline was successful primarily because of its firm foundation of prayerful, peaceful resistance.  A few days ago, on January 3rd, an overwhelming number of people flooded the phone lines and forced the House Republicans to withdraw the Goodlatte Amendment that would have gutted the Office of Congressional Ethics. When we join together, our power is amplified. 

The new administration includes Cabinet nominees in top positions who are known climate change deniers and friends of the fossil fuels industry. 

For those on either side of the political divide who are dismayed, discouraged or concerned about the threats this new administration encompasses to our planet and our most vulnerable communities, we must not let this moment pass. We cannot afford to sit and wait for the next election to make our voices heard.  To read more of Pam's blog post please go to:  http://www.ctucc.org/blogdetail/first-100-hours-interfaith-climate-justice-vigils-7214450

To sign up for the 100 Hours of Interfaith Climate Justice Vigils please go to: https://peoplesclimate.org/

Jim Antal

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