The goals of HIPL are to raise awareness of the spiritual importance of global warming among diverse faith communities, provide inspiration and resources for taking action, and advocate on behalf of policies that promote energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable energy.

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Climate Change and Public Health

 Climate change helath effects wheel graphicThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a nice website on the likely health effects of climate change and extreme weather. See our Resources page for more.

Interfaith Energy & Climate Manifesto

HIPL has written a one-page manifesto summarizing our goals and principles for taking action on climate change and to promote a just, renewable, and sustainable energy future. This document provides guidance for how we implement our mission and live out our core values. All this can be found on our newly updated About Us page. We would love to have your feedback on this new manifesto or our mission and core values. Just email us, hipl@hipl.org.

Greenhouse Gases and Transportation

The transportation sector's contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and the possibility of electric and hybrid vehicles is the new focus of this new web link at our Resources page. Thanks to Garret for sharing this resource page with us!

Awake, a Dream From Standing Rock

HIPL is co-sponsoring a film screening and discussion of this new documentary on Saturday, August 5th starting at 6:00 PM at Church of the Crossroads in Honolulu. See our Events page for more info...

Festival of Resistance 2017

The Festival of Resistance is back! World Can't Wait-Hawaii is organizing a festival of music, poetry, performance, kid's activities, and workshops on climate change, conservation, immigration, human rights, militarism, and other topics.
June 8th from 10:00-3:00 at Church of the Crossroads, 1212 University Ave in Honolulu. See and share this flyer.

Support Nobel Peace Prize Nominees for an Earth-Centered Economy

HIPL friend and executive director of United Planet Faith and Science Initiative, Stuart Scott, has started a campaign to submit nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize around the theme of sustainable development. The nominee have highlighted the limits to economic growth, the need for an ecological economics, and the religious foundations and motivations for a just, equitable, and sustainable economy. Visit np4sd.org or our Events page to learn more and support this campaign!

World Peace & Prayer Day Celebrations, June 2017

Join with those around the world praying for world peace and the protection of sacred sites around the summer solstice. This year's celebrationwill take place at sacred sites on Hawaii Island, Mauna Kea and Kilauea. Church of the Crossroads in Honolulu has agreed to dedicate its Sunday service on June 18 to World Peace & Prayer Day. See our Events page for more.

Earth Sabbath Services

HIPL partner congregations Epiphany Episcopal Church and Crossroads United Church of Christ both held Earth Sabbath services and events on Sunday, April 23rd. Epiphany used their inter-service adult religious forum to hold a thoughtful discussion of climate change impacts on people and the planet, with videos, readings & prayers, and personal reflections.
Church of the Crossroads celebrated Earth Sabbath during their regular Sunday service. There were special readings, prayers, songs, and speakers. The culmination of the service included a dedication of their newly active photovoltaic system and planting of an ulu (breadfruit) tree on the church grounds. The orders of service for these special events are available on our Resources page.

The Death of Lono!
The Hawaii & Pacific Island Climate Crisis: Organizing for Change and Transformation

You are cordially invited to attend a gathering of faith & community leaders to discuss climate change impacts on Hawaii and other Pacific Islands  on Friday, March 3rd at 6:00 PM in the Von Holt Room of St. Andrews Cathedral in downtown Honolulu. See Events page for more...

Primer on Renewable Energy Certificates

HIPL has created a primer on renewable energy certificates to help you understand the basics and link to places where you can learn more. Check out our Resources page for this and other great information.

2016 Watada Lecture Series

HIPL is pleased to announce the 2016 Watada Lecture Series, featuring Mr. Erik Assadourian, senior fellow with Worldwatch Institute. Erik will be leading a series of events in Honolulu from October 13-16, discussing sustainability challenges and opportunities in a changing world. See our Events page for details.

Interfaith Open Table

Please join HIPL and The Interfaith Alliance Hawaii for a special Interfaith Open Table panel discussion on Tuesday, September 20th beginning at 7:00 PM at Church of the Crossroads, 1212 University Ave in Honolulu. The topic for discussion will be "Building Communities Around Sustainability" and will feature an esteemed and diverse set of panelists. See our Events page for more info.

Hawaii Environmental Calendar

A brand-new resource to bring together Hawaii's environmental community is the Hawaii Environmental Calendar. Everything from nature hikes and service projects to legislative hearings on environmental bills are posted on this online calendar. There is also a list of environmental organizations, including yours truly, HIPL. A permanent link to this calendar will be posted on our Events page.

Lenten Climate Change Calendar

We have our 2016 Lenten calendar available in pdf format. Download, share, use, and only if necessary, print a copy to post and mark up. Visit our Resources page for related information and inspiration during this season. We also recommend the Ecumenical Lenten Carbon Fast. Visit their website or join their Facebook page.

This Changes Everything book discussion series

HIPL partner the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu is hosting a four-week discussion series on Naomi Klein's eye-opening book, This Changes Everything. The first session was Feb. 5th, but you can still join in the discussion on Friday's from 6-8 PM. Contact HIPL board member Steve Lohse for more info.

Paris Climate Change Conference 

HIPL and other groups are offering a series of events associated with the UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris.
On Nov. 21, HIPL and Church of the Crossroads are co-sponsoring a teach-in at Church of the Crossroads, 1212 University Ave. See our Events page for more info.
On Nov. 29, the Sierra Club of Hawaii and 350.org are holding a climate change rally and march in Waikiki. See the 350.org Hawaii Facebook page for info.
On Dec. 09, they are hosting a climate change panel.
We are also promoting showings of Naomi Klein's new movie based on her book This Changes Everything.
Come learn about how climate change will affect Hawaii and other Pacific Islands and what you can do to make a difference locally and globally.

Climate Change and Action: Voices of the Pacific

Join us on February 20th from 6:00-8:00 PM at St. Timothy's Episcopal church in Aiea for this important event. Leaders of Pacific Island nations such as Tuvalu and the Marshalls will discuss how climate change is already affecting their island homes and what we can do to advocate on their behalf. This will likely be the start of a larger effort to engage with Pacific Island faith communities in Hawaii on global warming issues.

The Future Is Now: Climate Change Education Briefing

Monday's meeting was informative, eye-opening, and encouraging. The second half of the climate change education briefing will take place at McKinley High School cafeteria (Google map). It will focus on core research & public advocacy skills to work well with the media, experienced NGOs & elected/administrative officials at all three levels of government.

Monday, December 01 from 5:30-8:45 PM at McCoy Pavilion at Ala Moana Park (Google map).
The Windward Ahupua'a Alliance is organizing a series of educational briefings on environmental issues in Hawaii over the
next two years. Join HIPL, WAA, and other groups in this first briefing dedicated to climate change education and policy
issues for our island state. See flyer for more info.

Community Awards Celebration and Banquet, Sunday October 12

Come join HIPL as we participate in this year's TIAH community awards celebration and banquet on Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 5:30-8:00 PM
at the Honpa Hongwanji Hawall Betsuin Social Hall on Pali Highway (map). We are honored to have been selected as this year's recipient of the Facilitating Community Activism award. Twenty-five seats have been reserved for HIPL supporters. RSVP with us via email to join our entourage
or RSVP directly to interfaithalliancehawaii@hawaii.rr.com to reserve your own spot. More details in this pdf flyer

Sharing the Aloha Energy Efficiency Workshop, Sunday September 28

Helen Wai will be offering a workshop on reducing home energy use at Central Union Church on  Sunday, September 28 at 10:00 in the Women's
For more information about Helen and the workshop, visit her energy efficiency webpage. To learn more about the event, contact Carolyn Bell-Tuttle, Green Team leader at Central Union.


Event takes place 9 AM to 6 PM at the YWCA Laniakea, 1040 Richards St. in downtown Honolulu.
To register, visit http://go.hawaii.edu/C3

The Blue Planet Foundation has created a crowdfunding program to help non-profits to reduce energy use through efficiency upgrades and
renewables. Supporters loan the non-profit money for the project and get paid back when the energy savings accrue. For more info, visit

Talking Points for Faith Leaders
The national IPL office has created a document to help faith leaders to talk concisely about climate change from a moral and religious perspective.
It contains great short summaries that are also good for starting larger discussions within your own faith community about how your theology, worship, education, and outreach mission apply to climate change. 

Primers on Power Generation
Thanks to our new friends at Charlotte Library for sharing this link to a webpage with lots of great resources listed that explain the basics of power generation from a variety of sources, including renewables like solar, wind, geothermal, and wave. The link is permanently posted at our Resources

Living Dangerously film viewing: 350.org is promoting film viewings and discussions of the film "Years of Living Dangerously". To get
involved, visit www.350.org/years. Initial viewing date is April 13. If you decide to host a viewing, let us know. We'll advertise for you!

Years of Living Dangerously, trailer

Earth as Our Home: 
Before you think about tithing your CO2, read this wonderfully reflective booklet, Earth as Our Home. A permanent link is at
our Resources page.

Voluntary Carbon Tax: We have discovered a great new resource for individuals and communities dedicated to reducing their carbon footprint.
The Mt. Toby Friends Association developed a program to help people pledge donations based on their personal carbon footprint to endeavors that aim
to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A permanent link is at our Resources page or go directly to voluntarycarbontax.org.  

HIPL News: We have recently created an HIPL News site to keep you up-to-date on the latest news from our favorite sites. We'll send out weekly
email summaries, but you can follow us via RSS link

Lenten Carbon Fast: The annual season of Lent is upon us, and the Ecumenical Lenten Carbon Fast is once again asking us to use this time of reflection and self-improvement to reduce our carbon footprint. HIPL has its own Lenten Carbon Fast calendar customized for easy print-out. We
encourage you to use and share this with your network.

Bill McKibben Distinguished Lecture: The renowned 
environmental thinker, activist, author, and founder of 350.org is coming to Hawaii!
He will be speaking at the UH-Manoa campus on the evening of April 24, 2014. For details, see the campus events calendar.

National Climate Center Spring Schedule:
The Bard Center on Environmental Policy has announced their spring schedule of climate seminars.

Native Alaskan Film and Discussion: UPDATE: Church of the Crossroads will be hosting an encore presentation of the film and discussion with Miho Aida during this Sunday's Adult Religious Education class (Jan. 26) at 9:00 AM in the Ross-Davis room.
Join us Thursday, Jan. 23 at Church of the Crossroads from 5:00-9:00 PM for the Hawaii premiere screening of The Sacred Place Where Life Begins: Gwich'in Women Speak, followed by a discussion with indigenous Alaskan leaders. More at our Events page.

National Climate Center Fall Schedule: The Bard Center on Environmental Policy has announced their fall schedule of climate seminars

How Hot Could it Get? A neat interactive global warming graph shows you what could happen in your lifetime and beyond if we don't reduce GHG emissions: http://kiln.it/embeds/ipcc/

Listening Session for Obama Climate Change Speech: 350.org has organized a listening session for President Obama's climate change speech, this Tuesday (25 June) at 7:35 AM Hawaii time. To join in, click here: http://act.350.org/go/3352?t=1&akid=3281.316356.T9YHiL 

Support Energy Efficiency! The national IPL network is urging its members to support Senate Bill S.761 through an automated letter-writing campaign.
Click here to submit your testimony in support of this common-sense and important bill.

All About LED lighting: 03-05 June, 2013. Hawaii Energy is hosting 1-day trainings on the emergence and diversification of LED lighting products for home and businesses. See Events page for details.

Energy Efficiency Training: 16-21 May, 2013. Hawaii Energy is hosting additional training on energy efficiency for businesses, led by Mark Jewell, President of the Efficiency Efficiency Funding Group. See Events page for details.

Fostering Sustainable Behavior Workshop: 13-15 May, University of Hawaii-West Oahu
Dr. Douglas Mackenzie-Mohr, author of the influential book Fostering Sustainable Behavior, is coming to Hawaii for a 3-day workshop on community-based social marketing. Information and registration here: 

Do the Math: 21 April at 4:00 PM, Church of the Crossroads.
A film screening of the documentary by 350.org, followed by a live, nationwide discussion. See the Events page for more info.

Mission 4/1 Earth:
The United Church of Christ is celebrating the Christian liturgical season between Easter and Pentecost by encouraging their congregations to witness for Planet Earth during 50 great days of greening up, powering down, and shouting out. See our Events page for details.

Preach-In for the Planet:
HIPL member Church of the Crossroads celebrated with a special Sunday service on Feb. 10. Special guest Dr. Kati Corlew spoke on climate justice, faith, and action. A transcript of her sermon is here. Or watch the video of her sermon at our Events page.

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