Is Our Impact
The mission of Alabama Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) is to be faithful stewards of Creation by responding to Climate Change through the promotion of environmental justice, energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy from a faith perspective.
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Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) is a religious response to global warming. This national network includes 40 state affiliates representing over 20,000 congregations. IPL conducts education and advocacy campaigns to engage faith communities in a religious response to global warming. State affiliates work with congregations to model energy stewardship in their communities.
For 16 years, IPL has been helping congregations address global warming by being better stewards of energy. The campaign has a track record of tangible results: shrinking carbon footprints and educating hundreds of thousands of people in the pews about the important role of people of faith in addressing this most challenging issue.
In addition to practicing energy stewardship in our facilities, IPL brings the voice of the faith community into the policy-making arena. We know that our actions alone cannot stem the tide of climate change – we need to enact public policies to advance clean energy and to limit carbon pollution. IPL is working to support policy change at the local, state, and national levels.
History and Purpose
Originally organized in 2005, Alabama Interfaith Power and Light (AL IPL) was an active statewide presence until 2011. AL IPL has now been reorganized and re-energized by the new executive director, Rev. Michael Malcom, and a dedicated steering committee representing a cross-section of business, nonprofit, and faith-based communities from across the state. AL IPL will focus on engaging the entire state of Alabama in combating climate change. We work in coalition with North Carolina IPL, South Carolina IPL, and Georgia IPL to address climate change and other environmental issues that affect the greater Southeast region.
Our overall goal is to engage all congregations of all faiths in the state of Alabama as AL IPL members and active voices in the fight for environmental justice. We also aim for every house of worship in the state to take steps towards increasing their energy efficiency, beginning with completing an AL IPL assisted energy efficiency audit. And, to make a commitment to the stewardship of Creation.
As grassroots faith organizers we believe that the voice of Faith Communities’ must be brought to the forefront of the fight against the Climate Crisis. We exist to mobilize and provide the Faith Communities’ presence in this discussion. We work with Houses of Worship from all faith perspectives to raise awareness around clean air, clean water, and clean energy. We equip clergy with resources to proclaim a message of hope around the stewardship of Creation. We empower communities of faith to fight against Environmental Injustices with an emphasis on black, brown, indigenous, and poor communities.
Major activities will include:
Creating initial marketing materials, including fliers, website, and social media presence to introduce AIPL and promote our energy efficiency program
Secure funding for initial AIPL operations
Conduct faith listening tours throughout Alabama to engage initial members and partners
We will rely on the guidance and expertise of our committed and professional steering committee.
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