Every faith tradition shares a common vein of “love thy neighbor.” While this sense of stewardship is often expressed in faith communities by ensuring that our neighbors have enough to eat, clothes for warmth and access to healthcare it also requires that people have homes where they breathe clean air, drink safe water and are able to live on land free from pollution. In short, people of faith have a moral obligation to care for others by caring for the planet they live on. Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light engages faith communities on this Earth-stewardship to create a more just world for all and provide a healthy future for our children and grandchildren.
Since its inception in 2007, Kentucky IPL, or KIPL, has been carrying out its mission to “mobilize a religious response to global warming through conservation, efficiency and renewable energy.” We work towards that mission by providing both educational and hands-on programs to Kentucky’s faith communities that raise awareness of the ways in which our current energy system and consumption economy impact the health of the planet and its people. Our goal is to both inform our members of the ways in which degradation is happening to our land, air and water and provide opportunities for direct action.
Our programs include areas of focus such as advocacy of renewable energy legislation, engaging environmentally motivated young people through our youth-led OurEarthNow group, preventing food waste and increasing access to healthy local food through our Harvesting Hands gleaning program, raising awareness on the health impacts of fossil fuel use through our Healthy Future for Our Kids campaign and much more.
Kentucky IPL’s programming is free and we are happy to schedule a workshop in your community. More information can be found on our programs by visiting our website at www.kentuckyipl.org.
If you are looking for an opportunity to get engaged soon please join us on March 1 for our Clean Energy Lobby Day. We will be meeting in Frankfort to build support for the Clean Energy Opportunity Act, a bill that would begin to pave the way for greater energy conservation and increased renewable energy in Kentucky. You can register for this event on our website.
Kentucky IPL supports the LSC mission to promote a healthy environment, strong economy, and the well-being of the people living in Louisville and became a founding member because of the Council’s unique commitment to bring together the business, non-profit and governmental sectors to address sustainability issues.