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May 17, 2019 Iss. No 73
 Upcoming Events from Person of the Planet
Here are the upcoming events. Mark your calendars and come and be a part. All events are at the Arlington Community Church, 52 Arlington Avenue, in Kensington.
Thursday, May 30 @7:00 PM

Join us for a FREE screening of Paris to Pittsburgh, a new film from National Geographic, produced by RadicalMedia in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies -- narrated by Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning actress and activist Rachel Brosnahan ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel").
From coastal cities to America's heartland, Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. And as the weather grows more deadly and destructive, they aren't waiting on Washington to act. Learn about their incredible stories in Paris to Pittsburgh, and be inspired to create change in your own community! Watch the trailer here.

We are excited to be hosting a screening of this incredible film at Arlington Community Church on Thursday May 30 at 7:00 PM. We hope to see you there!
Friday, June 7 @ 7:00 PM- CANCELLED
Dr. Epstein 's talk is currently being rescheduled. Please check back at our events page for future notifications and events from Person of the Planet
Moment for the Planet
Sunday 5-12-19

A week ago I was looking at a picture of Puerto Rico taken from the sky in July of 2017. The island was lit up, lights in every corner of the island. That same image was taken again in October 2017. This time the island was completely black except for one village in the central mountains of the country.   Why? Following the devastation of Hurricane Maria in September 2017, the energy grid was wiped out across the island.   One small village, Las Piedras, was powered by solar. They suffered from the storm like everyone else, but at the end of the day, they still had their solar lights and electricity.
Solar is one of the best ways countries and individuals can help the environment in a big way. It is something many of us can do individually, by installing solar panels on our houses. There are many solar companies out there and many towns will give a credit or financial incentives for installing renewable energy systems on your rooftops. The city of Berkeley received a SolSmartGold award for their efforts in streamlining the permitting process to make it easier and faster for homeowners to install solar panels.
So what are you waiting for?  
Not all of us have the resources to install solar, but many of us do.   Some have already installed solar panels and are reaping not only the satisfaction of knowing we our lessening our footprint on the planet but financially we are saving a lot.
Arlington Community Church went solar in 2014, when Bill Day a member of the congregation spearheaded the project. He had installed solar at his home in 2011 and calculated that he had a 90% savings in dollars and 75% savings in kilowatt hours.
My husband and I installed our panels in 2011 and now are able to have plug-in hybrid cars. Imagine how many tons of carbon dioxide would stay out of the atmosphere if everyone was driving an electric car.   We have to start somewhere.
Give serious thought to going solar and if possible, electric/hybrid cars. As Persons of the Planet, we believe motivating the individual is one of the best ways to effect change on the planet. Let's take care of our Mother Earth.

- Shanti Moorjani
U CC leader to Climate Leadership Summit: 
The Church is a Steward of God's creation
Sponsored Article from Person of the Planet
May 2, 2019
Written by Connie Larkman
The General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ took the stage at the American Climate Leadership Summit (ACLS19) on Thursday, calling on people of faith to be stewards of, not minions over, God's creation.
The Rev. John C. Dorhauer, part of a panel of four faith leaders called to share religious community commitments to climate action, said that the vocation of the Church is to be a steward of all that God created.
"The UCC has long been committed to the work of justice," Dorhauer said. "If we can't resolve this issue around climate change, it will resolve all other justice issues for us. Our singular vocation should be the restoration of the planet."
Dorhauer is one of a diverse group of 500 leaders converging in Washington, D.C., May 1-2, with the goal making environmental action a national priority. ACLS19, organized by ecoAmerica, hopes to identify breakthrough strategies and ideas to create national progress on climate care.
The UCC leader shared the denomination's dedication to the 3 Great Loves campaign (Love of Children, Love of Neighbor, Love of Creation), noting how sharing stories - which detail UCC congregations involvement in earth care and advocacy around climate action - has become a powerful tool in prompting and encouraging new ministries.

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