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Interfaith Power and Light Combines Faith and Conservation

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Hoosier IPL tools will help congregations to identify, prioritize, and take actions to reduce their energy usage.

A national organization combining faith and conservation officially launched a branch in Indiana Saturday. Interfaith Power and Light, a program aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the world, began in California in the late 90s and spread across the country, with Indiana becoming the 38th state to join. The reverend Sally Bingham, who helped create the original Interfaith Power and Light, said the group’s message is simple.

“We hope that the faith community will get seriously involved in protecting God’s creation because we feel that that’s a moral responsibility of people of faith.”

Protecting God’s creation includes practical steps like using energy efficient light bulbs and appliances, cutting down energy usage and re-insulating homes and places of worship.

While led primarily by Christian denominations, the organization reaches out to all faiths. The launch of Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light at the First Baptist Church in Indianapolis featured representatives from Jewish, Sikh, Baha’I, Buddhist and Muslim groups.

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