Interfaith Group Greets Climate March in Arizona

NOTE:  We're not the only interfaith group following the Great March for Climate Action!  SB


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Arizona Interfaith Power & Light (AZIPL)---a religious response to climate change---welcomes the Great March for Climate Action to Phoenix on April 6 & 7th, 2014.  
On April 6, the Climate Marchers will be camping at the West Campus of Arizona State University, 4701 W. Thunderbird Rd., Glendale, AZ.  At 5:00 p.m. AZIPL and Asbury United Methodist Church  will welcome the Climate Marchers to campus with a jazz band from Paradise Valley Community College.  A generous grant from the ASU Global Institute of Sustainability allows us to cater dinner to the marchers from 5:00-6:00 p.m..  There will be a “Meet and Greet,” open to the public, from6:00-7:00 p.m. at the ASU West Campus.
 Some members of Arizona Interfaith Power & Light will accompany the marchers on Monday morning, April 7, as they walk the 15.4 miles from ASU West to Margaret T. Hance Park  in downtown Phoenix.  A Rally for the Marchers will be from 4:00-6:00 p.m..  The Rally includes speakers on climate change and will feature Steelin’ the Night Away Steel Drum Band.
 Arizona Interfaith Power & Light and local church members in the community will open their homes to the Climate Marchers on the night of April 7, giving weary walkers a place to sleep, a hot shower, laundry facilities, breakfast and support for this important cause.
Arizona Interfaith Power & Light (www.azipl.org) is one of forty state affiliates across the country who work to reduce the causes of global climate change through advocacy, education, action and prayer.

Toxic Waste - What to do?

Do you know which things are considered toxic waste?  Some household items really shouldn't go to the landfill, where they can contaminate wastewater.  Here's a list from Alachua County Environmental Department.

You might ask for a point person who will collect hazardous waste at your place of worship and transport it to the Hazardous Waste Collection Center at Leveda Brown Solid Waste Transfer Station on Waldo Road.

Hazardous Waste Collection

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department provides County residents a convenient, environmentally friendly and FREE of CHARGE service for the disposal and recycling of household hazardous waste, including:

  • Household Chemicals
  • Automotive fluids and batteries
  • Paints
  • Pesticides and corrosive chemicals
  • Solvents
  • Unwanted medicines/pharmaceuticals
  • Old electronic equipment, TVs, monitors, computers
  • Fluorescent and other mercury contamining bulbs
  • Many other hazardous products  

The Alachua  County Hazardous Waste Collection Center (HWCC) is open year-round, six days a week to the public.   Call 352-334-0440 for more information.

  Learn more about the Alachua County service and the types of hazardous wastes accepted at Rural Collection Centers.  http://www.alachuacounty.us/Depts/EPD/hwc/Pages/HazardousWasteCollection.aspx 




These ideas were generated at the World Religion Day workshop.  We will continue to discuss them on the forum.  Together we are Illuminating the Earth Charter.


How can we support each other as we build community in a changing climate?


limit showers

more vegetarian meals

encourage people to reduce consumption

support local economy (farmers, artisans)

pointing others to: ICC, Power and Light Faith Group

prayer groups

attend and support events for environmental awareness

meet on the internet to save gas

get companies to control climate map realistically

hang laundry to dry

convert lawn landscaping to those that don't require water or pesticides

make sure your neighborhood or place of work is recycling

facilitation of raised-bed organic gardens


make available Seafood Watch Monterey Bay Aquarium SE Sustainable Seafood Guide

collect rain water

car pool

cloth napkins

get your organic coffee in a ceramic cup

get your produce from local organic farmers

visit and support your local farmers markets

wash dishes by hand

electronic newsletters and emails

use china not disposables

zero food waste

support your local artisanal economy

give people hope and ways to make an impact no matter how small

summer workshops for children on environmental issues

connect the messages of the Gospel to relate to climate change and social justice

start programs in all elementary and middle schools on a monthly basis using various books for inspiration and illiciting  feedback ideas

skills bank: so we know what skills can be available for various projects

 neighborhood tool co-ops

photograph rivers

share with each other what we are doing and what we need help with

education and public awareness without politicizing climate change

share educational resources

support your local library

take public transit

post ideas and resources on a blog or Facebook explaining how you do something

ask for help


attend and support environmental events

internet meetings

have regular meetings in a centrally located facility

Interfaith Coalition: spread the word, resource list, options for action

reach out to the yoga community locally and across the state

contact corporations and have them sponsor activities and provide support

contact Carolyn Cox at the Florida Climate Institute, ask to be put on the FCI  mailing list

set up clearinghouse to list activities so we can see what opportunities exist

check in with each others progress

resource list with options for action

strengthen the interfaith coalition

create calendar of events so people can attend each others events and invite other people

encourage each other to do just one more thing to contribute to the better

we can find joy in simplicity




What else is happening?  

During the World Religion Day workshop, our presenter/facilitators asked two questions in small groups.  The room was completely silent as more than 40 people wrote their responses on sticky notes.  They discussed these ideas in their groups, and shared highlights of the conversation with the large group.

These are the thoughts generated at the workshop.  We will continue to discuss the activities, organizations and ideas on the forum.  Together, we are Illuminating the Earth Charter.


What else is happening in Gainesville?

Loblolly Greenway Co-housing (like it on Facebook)

League of Women Voters

Citizens Co-op

Quaker Earth Care

UF sustainability seminars

PCCC workshops

Cinema Verde eco film festival

Courthouse at UF: recycling, temperature controls

Gainesville  Loves Mountains

Hare Krishnas: talk, educate, grow and share food

College age children and their parents asking questions about the environment

Citizens Climate Lobby: have Climate Change Action Groups meet at Gainesville downtown library

Climate Change talk at UF (at Pugh Hall) given by a Stanford professor on Wednesday February 19th at 6pm

Recycling Christmas trees

Reducing usage of heat and air conditioning with GRU

Earth Day:April 22 Tuesday: “Climate Reality Project” presentation at the Gainesville downtown library

Edible Plant Project

Abundant Edible Landscaping

Environmental Workers Group

American Writers Resources in Fort Myers

topic: Utilities and Accountability for Climate Change

Highlands Presbyterian Community Garden

UCG Ministry to the Earth

“Voluntary Simplicity”

Blue Oven Kitchens

contact Val Leitner

UF Department of Sustainability

Interfaith Prayers: People and Planet

Roger Nell: Climate Change at the Graham Center

February 19th at 5:30pm

Ba'hai Junior Youth Groups have done environmental service projects

(gardens, wildflowers)

County Extension Office services

Transition towns

Transition Group of Gainesville at Highlands Presbyterian

Gainesville Compost (uses bicycles to transport)

Monthly prayers at the Ba'hai Center

UF organic gardens

Earth Charter

Crones Cradle in Citra

Meat Out Mondays

Presentations given to local school children in environmental science and art classes

Porter's garden in downtown Gainesville

an educational program with Travis Mitchell

Alachua County Sustainability programs

Interviews with River and Water keepers locally about current problems

EHS environmental classes/groups

Informing others on how over pruning destroys our state tree (Sabal Palm), Crape Myrtles, and other plants. We need all plants to sequester CO2