Climate change threatens the ecosystems and way of life of Original Peoples of the Western Hemisphere, and the Pacific Northwest has become a corridor for fossil fuels. The largest coal port in North America has been proposed for Puget Sound’s Cherry Point, or Xwe'chi'eXen, which would desecrate Lummi Nation sacred lands and waters. On June 27 more than 2,500 people witnessed for environmental justice in solidarity with Lummi Nation. Now it's time to act!
Take action to stand on the side of love with Lummi Nation and other frontline communities in the struggle against climate change and environmental destruction.
First Steps: Three Easy Actions
Sign the letter to President Obama urging him to stop the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point.
Donate to support the third Totem Pole Journey, Lummi Nation's powerful campaign to take to the road with a massive totem pole carved by Elder Jewell Praying Wolf James to raise awareness, bring together Indigenous nations, and spark more action.
- Join Commit2Respond if you haven't done so yet. Through Commit2Respond you will be connected to new opportunities for solidarity and action, as well as join a network of thousands of other people of faith and conscience for climate justice.
Second Steps: Three Deeper Actions
SHIFT: Join the Climate Mobilization and get involved in actions to help humanity shift to a low-carbon future.
ADVANCE: Form a partnership or get into relationship with an organization led by a front-lines community in your area. Register your commitment and check out Commit2Respond's suggested partner organizations led by communities at the front lines of climate change and environmental destruction.
- GROW: Bring it home to your congregation, family, or other groups you are a part of, and help grow the movement: Utilize the UU College of Social Justice toolkit and the Unitarian Universalist Association's Doctrine of Discovery and Indigenous Peoples Day resources, as well as this handout prepared by Beth Brownfield of the Bellingham UU Fellowship for General Assembly 2015.
Learn More About Lummi Nation
- Read the UUWorld article about Lummi Nation's struggles and the partnership between Lummi Nation and Unitarian Universalism
- Get the scoop on "A Sacred Public Witness," the event that took place on June 27, 2015.
- Watch a video clip of Councilman Jay Julius and Elder Jewell Praying Wolf James talking about Lummi Nation's struggles
- Check out Grist's visual and compelling coverage of what Lummi Nation is up against and their powerful activism
Hear from participants in the recent UU College of Social Justice service and learning trip to Lummi Nation
The beautiful salmon/chalice design above was created by Bruce Pierre, an enrolled Lummi Tribal Member and a descendant of Tlingit/Haida, especially for this event.