Interfaith Power & Light’s National Preach-in on Global Warming, which is running Feb.11-13, encourages all faith groups to consider the challenges of climate change from a spiritual perspective and to take local action to address the issue in their communities.

IPL, together with its national affiliate network in 38 states, has mobilized hundreds of congregations with tens of thousands of individuals interested in being good stewards of the earth and addressing global warming as a moral issue.

“The faithful have a duty to love and serve their neighbors; that means caring for creation,” said the Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham, an Episcopal priest, founder and president of Interfaith Power & Light. “Several disturbing new bills in Congress attack the EPA and threaten the Clean Air Act, our climate, and the health of millions of Americans. Congress should not block the progress that we have made keeping our air clean and our future hopeful. The long-range costs of inaction will be harsh and irreversible. Some senators are gambling with our children’s future, and that’s unconscionable.”

Faith communities are organizing to send a strong message to U.S. senators in the form of Valentine’s Day postcards urging them to oppose efforts in Congress to block the EPA’s ability to enforce the Clean Air Act as mandated by the U.S. Supreme Court.

For 40 years, the Clean Air Act has protected Americans’ health. With new Supreme Court-mandated safeguards in place, the Clean Air Act will now help clean up global warming pollution from antiquated factories, refineries and heavy trucks. The cards say, “Love the Earth. As a person of faith, I believe we have a moral obligation to be good stewards of creation and to build a clean energy future… Please consider our children’s future and do the right thing: oppose efforts to weaken or delay enforcement of the Clean Air Act.”

In addition to sermons, congregations will be exploring themes of environmental stewardship and climate change through community activities such as neighborhood prayer gatherings, Bible study, classes for children and youth, and film screenings.