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Virtual Opportunities for Learning and Connecting: January 11 & 12th

January 10, 2017

This week, there are two opportunities for virtually connecting with the Unitarian Universalist Environmental Justice & Climate Justice movement:

Wednesday, January 11th -- Climate Action Roundtable
5:00 PM Pacific / 8:00 PM Eastern


Hosted by the UU-United Nations Office Climate Action Teams

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/213954556
Or Telephone:
    Dial: +1 408 638 0968
    Meeting ID: 213 954 556
    International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=IQ5mQSJhtmeDWkWn9yLUQRhefPm9zgZJ

This call will discuss current events and headlines, plans for Climate Justice programs at the UUA General Assembly in New Orleans (June 21-25th), and roundtable conversations about what people are doing locally and what we expect from the Trump Administration regarding climate.

Thursday, January 12th --- Environmental Justice Practitioners' Network Webinar
4:30 PM Pacific / 7:30 PM Eastern

Hosted by the Green Sanctuary Program (UUA) and UU Environmental Justice Collaboratory (UUMFE)

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RSVP HERE

 

If you cannot attend in person, there is also an option to RSVP to receive a recording of the webinar. The Environmental Justice Practitioner's Network is designed to provide education, guided conversation, and peer ministry to help inspire and equip Unitarian Universalists and other interested faith-based Environmental Justice organizers to create or sustain shifts from stagnant or charity-centered models of organizing towards a more deeply intersectional and anti-oppressive praxis for Environmental Justice. Fill out this formif you would like to join the Environmental Justice Practioner's Network for ongoing updates and invitations.

Water is Life in Corpus Christi: The Events and The Aftermath of a Poisoned City

December 21, 2016

By Eli Poore
Eli is an UU young adult, a seminarian at Starr King School for the Ministry, and member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Corpus Christi.

It was December 13th, and I stepped into my shower before heading to bed. As someone who is fond of a nice hot shower before bed, I took my time, letting the hot water run over my skin, warming me up after a cooler day in my usually warm South Texas coastal city. I recall noticing a slightly odd chemical smell, but brushed it off, attributing it to the less-than-ideal state of our city water system and some recent rains. Nothing out of the ordinary, really.

The next day, I awoke to find that the night before, our city government leaders had issued a city-wide tap water ban, and as we heard the news, a collective groan arose from my family members and I. “Not again!”, we all grumbled. We prepared to purchase bottled water, as it had become something of a ritual by now- over the past 18 months, our community had endured a series of water boil notices, beginning in July of 2015 when a sample site near our residence tested positive for E. Coli. A few months later in early September, yet another boil was issued due to high bacteria levels that stretched on for three weeks, followed by a third in May of 2016, due to another issue with disinfectant levels, which lasted for nearly three weeks as well.

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