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Victory! On December 18th, the DC Council passed the strongest clean energy legislation in the country, shifting the District to 100% renewable energy by 2032. And on January 18th, Mayor Bowser signed the bill into law.

How did we achieve this historic win?

Councilmember Mary Cheh, the bill’s lead sponsor, has given a measure of the credit to … us, saying how pleased she has been to see the faith community “leading the charge” to respond to climate change locally.

It was a joyful reminder: Interfaith Power & Light’s grassroots climate work in faith communities is uniquely powerful and effective.

In the three-year journey to yesterday’s victory in the DC Council, we have:

  • • Talked in person with hundreds of good folks in congregations across the District, in both English and Spanish, from Sacred Heart parish to Tifereth Israel Congregation, from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church to the Ward 8 Pastors and Faith Leaders Breakfast. All told, we delivered 436 postcards signed by DC residents to members of the Council.
  • • Arranged for faith leaders to visit in person with councilmembers through our May lobby day, where they delivered a letter signed by 38 of their colleagues.
  • Published an OpEd in the Washington Post online, inviting our neighbors and councilmembers to talk more about climate change as an opportunity to come together across differences.
  • • Raised up faith voices who testified at two Council hearings, including:
    Rev. Dr. James Coleman of All Nations Baptist Church, Rabbi Elizabeth Richman of Jews United for Justice, Rev. Tom Knoll of First Trinity Lutheran Church, and Rev. Kip Banks, Sr., of East Washington Heights Baptist Church.

The work we do enables our faith communities to live out our deepest values, but that’s not all — as we saw in December, it’s also really powerful. THANK YOU to everyone who was involved in any way with this campaign over the last few years. You’ve reminded us that when people of faith join together to speak out for Creation, real change is possible.

Fr. Jacek Orzechowski and local Catholics ask Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie and the rest of the DC Council to #ActOnClimateDC and pass a just Clean Energy DC act.