FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 1, 2021
Contact: Tiffany Hartung, tiffany [at] interfaithpowerandlight.org
With Country on Road to Recovery, Interfaith Power & Light Joins New National Coalition — Says We Need to #ACTNow to Build Better Future with More Jobs, Justice, and Climate Solutions
The #ACTNow Campaign, composed of Interfaith Power & Light and 13 other groups operating in 12 states with 10 million members between them, launches campaign in support of a #BuildBackBetter Plan and Infrastructure Investments
Washington, DC — President Joe Biden should invest significantly across the economy to create good-paying jobs, safeguard Creation, address the impacts of climate change on our most vulnerable neighbors, and fulfill our moral obligation to leave a habitable world for future generations. This is why Interfaith Power & Light joined a new advocacy campaign launched Thursday, the day after Biden unveiled his economic vision during a speech in Pittsburgh.
Interfaith Power & Light joined a coalition of 13 other organizations operating in 12 states and counting 10 million members among them in the launch of the ACT (Accelerate Clean Transition) Now campaign to advance the investments we need to meet the crises we face. The #ACTNow campaign is advocating for a real plan to #BuildBackBetter that promises:
- New economic opportunity and jobs for all;
- Equitable access to those opportunities, particularly in communities that have long borne the brunt of the impacts from a dirty economy; and
- Solutions to the climate crisis facing current and future generations by creating a clean economy that can protect us and grow our economy.
“As people of faith and conscience, we are tasked with building a more just world—one that is in line with our moral values of protecting our most vulnerable siblings and being faithful stewards of the Earth,” said Rev. Susan Hendershot, President, Interfaith Power & Light. “We have an extraordinary and historic opportunity to invest in the future we envision, with a safer climate, an equitable and inclusive economy, and modern clean energy infrastructure that improves our daily lives.”
Targeted investments in clean energy infrastructure will reduce pollution, fix bridges and roadways, greatly expand access to electric vehicles and charging stations, build out equitable housing and public transportation, and improve the health of our communities. These investments will provide millions of good-paying union jobs for workers across the country and elevate the quality of life for all Americans, particularly in marginalized communities that have borne the brunt of fossil fuel pollution and climate disasters.
Along with Interfaith Power & Light, the #ACTNow campaign is composed of the American Lung Association, Center for American Progress, Earthjustice, Environment America, Environmental Defense Fund, League of Conservation Voters, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Wildlife Federation, Next Gen America, Sierra Club, Union of Concerned Scientists, US Climate Action Network, National Hispanic Medical Association, and WeAct for Environmental Justice.
Interfaith Power & Light is a national nonprofit organization with 40 state affiliates and 22,000 congregations in all 50 states. IPL inspires and mobilizes people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action on climate change.