Recognizing the interdependence of all life, Unitarian Universalists and our friends and allies are called as people of faith and conscience to heal and sustain the planet we call home. Join us!
The World is Hurting.
How Will You Respond?
Together We Can
We are diverse in spiritual belief, yet united in faith that a better world is possible and that our collective power can create change.
We commit to join together to shift to a low carbon future, advance the human rights of affected communities, and grow the climate justice movement.
Unitarian Universalists have been leaders in environmental efforts for decades. United in collective action, connected through partnership, we will change the world.
September 11, 2017
Screenshot from Sept 7, 2017, 8:27 UTC, showing Hurricanes Katia, Irma, & Jose. Source: https://earth.nullschool.net/
The increase in frequency and intensity of natural disasters impacting the USA and world right now --- from the extreme wildfires in the US West, to the floods in South Asia that have killed over 1,000 and displaced 41 million people, to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma -- is a resounding clarion call for action to stabilize the climate and deepen our solidarity with marginalized, impacted communities.
While all of these disasters call our attention and call us to act, this roundup of news reports and editorials is particularly focused on how Hurricanes Harvey and Irma link to climate change and environmental justice:
Link Between Climate Change & Mega-Hurricanes
What We Know about the Climate Change–Hurricane Connection: Some links are indisputable; others are more subtle, but the science is improving all the time - Michael E. Mann, Thomas C. Peterson, Susan Joy Hassol,Scientific American, Sept 8, 2017
Hurricane Harvey Shows What Climate Disruption-Amplified Flooding Can Do - Dahr Jamail, Truth-Out, Aug 29, 2017
“Sea-surface temperatures near Texas were between 2.7° and 7.2°F above average, making them some of the warmest ocean temperatures on Earth. This caused Harvey to ramp up from a tropical depression to a catastrophic Category 4 hurricane in merely two days' time.”
Houston is experiencing its third ‘500-year’ flood in 3 years. How is that possible?-Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post, Aug 29, 2017
Will Irma Finally Change the Way We Talk About Climate?- New York Magazine, David Wallace-Wells, Sept 9, 2017
August 30, 2017
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth (UUMFE) have signed on to the Lofoten Declaration for a Managed Decline of Fossil Fuel Production around the World. The Lofoten Declaration was written in August 2017 at a gathering in the Lofoten Islands of Norway of academics, analysts, and activists, all of whom recognize that globally we have a window of opportunity – and a strategic need – to limit the expansion of the oil and gas industry, in order to achieve the Paris climate goals. We invite other organisations worldwide to join the call.
Why is it called the Lofoten Declaration? The oil industry is lobbying hard for the seas around Lofoten to be opened to oil drilling – which would be devastating to the climate and to Lofoten's natural beauty – but activists have successfully managed to block these plans for years. This strategy must be expanded around the world to oppose the oil and gas industry.