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Over the last 30 years, Texans of all walks of life have become more concerned about human impacts on the environment. Increasingly, stories about environmental destruction and its effects on human health dominate the news and people are feeling those impacts in very real ways—in bans on fishing due to mercury contamination, in increasing asthma rates, and in ozone pollution days in Dallas and Houston, for example.

To fuel our modern lifestyle, forests are cleared, toxic waste dumped...

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Over the last 30 years, Texans of all walks of life have become more concerned about human impacts on the environment. Increasingly, stories about environmental destruction and its effects on human health dominate the news and people are feeling those impacts in very real ways—in bans on fishing due to mercury contamination, in increasing asthma rates, and in ozone pollution days in Dallas and Houston, for example.

To fuel our modern lifestyle, forests are cleared, toxic waste dumped into rivers, and chemicals spewed into the air. We are using the earth’s resources faster than they can be replenished, and scientists tell us that global warming is the biggest environmental crisis that we have faced, not just in our time, but in the entire history of human civilization. Our diverse religious traditions share a common call for people to care for the earth and live in respectful balance with other animals and people.

Texas continues to have more renewable energy potential than any other state, but in recent years clean energy discussions have taken a back seat to concern about electric reliability. Meanwhile, though cheap natural gas, made possible in large part by Texas’ controversial hydraulic fracturing—or “fracking”—boom, has kept energy costs low, fracking has left many communities and landowners dealing with collateral damage and unsustainable change.

Renewable energy continues to be key in addressing many of the concerns that Texas faces and will face. As renewable technologies become more cost-competitive and concerns about fracking mount, legislators should recommit to making Texas the nation’s clean energy leader and update the state’s clean energy goals. Texas’ long-term plan for electric reliability must include a commitment to clean energy that promotes long-term energy independence, human health, and care for God’s creation.

The state’s focus on electricity supply has elevated interest in energy efficiency and other demand reducing measures. Lawmakers should place particular emphasis on consumer-directed efficiency programs that yield benefits for the grid and the individual ratepayer. Too often, energy efficiency programs take a one-size-fits-all approach that rewards the heaviest users while minimizing the significance of small consumers. Legislators should affirm that energy efficiency is a community-wide effort, and craft policies that make energy efficiency attractive and effective for all ratepayers, including those who are low-income or otherwise disadvantaged.



 

 
Event Date: 
Friday, April 22, 2016 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm

Our coalition partners at Environment Texas will host Texas Climate Action Activism Training in Fair Park, April 22, 2016, as part of the celebration of Earth Day.

Tackling the climate crisis takes skills and we're teaching them! Learn from top climate scientists, regulators and activists about the current state of climate science and policy and learn the skills necessary to beat the polluters, stop global warming and move Texas to 100% clean, renewable energy. Learn how to work with the media, build coalitions, recruit new volunteers and more.

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Event Date: 
Friday, April 22, 2016 - 9:00am to Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 5:00pm

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On Friday, March 25, Interfaith Environmental Network (IEN), the Austin chapter of Texas Interfaith Power and Light, won an award for Excellence in Water Conservation from Austin Water. The awards, presented by Austin Water Utility, recognize business and non-profits involved in water conservation and environmental stewardship.

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Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Lubbock United Neighborhood Association (LUNA) is holding its spring city-wide general meeting on March 29, 2016. Presenters include Texas Impact board member Rev. Kevin Young, the Lubbock Police Department and Lubbock Metro Planning, and representatives from Texas Tech University Climate Science Center.

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Event Date: 
Friday, April 1, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Rev. Sally Bingham, President of The Regeneration Project and the Interfaith Power and Light campaign, will join a symposium panel in Houston, April 1, 2016. The panel, titled "A Faithful and Moral Response: Spirituality, Community, and Justice," also includes Rev. Fred Small, Kristin Barker, Dr. D.Z. Cofield, and moderator Zahra Jamal, Ph.D.

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Event Date: 
Sunday, April 3, 2016 -
1:30pm to 4:30pm

Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church, Congregation Brith Shalom, and the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest, in partnership with the Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy, present the Houston Spring 2016 Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Event!

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Event Date: 
Monday, March 7, 2016 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Texas Impact and the Texas Interfaith Center are partnering with Environmental Defense Fund and the Rio Grande International Study Center for a Neighbors of Oil and Gas event in Edinburg, Monday, March 7. The event helps people to understand and report oil and gas issues to protect your lands and community in the Eagle Ford Shale.

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Event Date: 
Saturday, March 5, 2016 -
8:30am to 4:30pm

On Saturday, March 5, the North Texas Unitarian Universalist Congregations will be hosting an event in Dallas titled, "Climate Change: Building Interfaith Power."

The full-day workshop will focus on the intersection of environmental and social struggles, and will include presentations by:

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Event Date: 
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 -
5:30pm to 8:00pm

The University of St. Thomas in Houston is hosting a panel discussion of Laudato Si, Wednesday, February 17 from 5:30-8:00PM.

From the university:

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Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Texas Impact and the Texas Interfaith Center is partnering with Environmental Defense Fund and the Rio Grande International Study Center to hold a series of informational sessions this fall in communities throughout the Eagle Ford Shale region in South Texas.

This Neighbors of Oil and Gas initiative is dedicated to helping residents and communities of the Eagle Ford Shale recognize and effectively report incidents and changes in environmental quality resulting from oil and gas activity. The workshops will address different types of health and environmental risks that can occur during oil and gas development, including hydraulic fracturing.

We hope to introduce people living near oil and gas development to the different state and local agencies that enforce environmental rules for the oil and gas industry –these are the agencies that people can call if they have concerns about risks posed during oil and gas development. Well-informed citizens can help the industry and regulatory agencies to improve their prevention of and response to incidents, creating safer communities for those living among oil and gas development.

Come join us this fall at a Neighbors of Oil and Gas event near you!


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27

When: 6 pm English / 7:30 pm Español

Where: Friends Congregational Church – UCC | 2200 Southwood Dr., College Station, TX 77845


Each presentation is free and open to the public.

Food and drinks will be provided and children welcome to attend.

For more information about these events, visit the Neighbors of Oil and Gas website or contact Yaira.

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