Commit2Respond is all about connecting people of faith and conscience with opportunities for collective action. Check out the list below for events and opportunities for action, and add your own events to help others connect.
Sunday, April 2, Climate Justice Festival
12 noon – 2:00 pm
Social Hall: Local Organizations Addressing Climate Change
- Worship Room, 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm, “Water on Long Island” Presented by Matt Rizzo, Grassroots Environmental Education, Port Washington, NY
- Social Hall, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Dolphin Bookstore: Activities for Children
- Main Lobby, 12:45 pm – 1:15 pm
“Clean water for me and all the life in the sea!” A short story session and dry touch tank featuring a few charismatic animals from Long Island’s Seashore.
Presented by Nicole P. Maher, Ph.D. Senior Coastal Scientist, The Nature Conservancy, Long Island Chapter
- Art Gallery, 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
“Addressing Climate Change Through a Journey of Self-Discovery”
Presented by Gail Koelln, One Earth Conservation
Formerly known as the Climate Action Team (CAT) calls, Climate Action Roundtables are monthly opportunities for Unitarian Universalists and friends from all over to come together for climate news and climate action discussions. You can join by phone or web (Zoom.us) -- either by yourself or with others in your congregation.
This month, we will be joined by guest Dina Gilio-Whitaker, co-author of the new Beacon Press publication “All the Real Indians Died Off” and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans, for a special author talk. Get 20% off when you order her book (and any other Beacon book) by using coupon code “ClimateJustice” -- and 10% of sales will support UU climate action through the UU Ministry for Earth! Dina will also be at General Assembly and is one of the presenters in a Commit2Respond two-part workshop titled "Decolonization is Climate Justice".
Poetry is a powerful source of inspiration and expression for healing and truth-telling, and April is National Poetry Month!
Celebrate Climate Justice Month by writing your own poetry, reading climate justice poetry for inspiration, & coming to Commit2Respond's Climate Justice Month Poetry Mic Night (by phone or online).
RSVP HERE for the call-in information.
"Sustainability in the Home Landscape"
Presented by Jennifer Rose Cappello-Ruggiero, Horticulture/4H Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension Nassau County
Directions at www.uucsr.org
The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.
ON APRIL 22, 2017, WE WALK OUT OF THE LAB AND INTO THE STREETS.
We are scientists and science enthusiasts. We come from all races, all religions, all gender identities, all sexual orientations, all abilities, all socioeconomic backgrounds, all political perspectives, and all nationalities. Our diversity is our greatest strength: a wealth of opinions, perspectives, and ideas is critical for the scientific process. What unites us is a love of science, and an insatiable curiosity. We all recognize that science is everywhere and affects everyone.
Science is often an arduous process, but it is also thrilling. A universal human curiosity and dogged persistence is the greatest hope for the future. This movement cannot and will not end with a march. Our plans for policy change and community outreach will start with marches worldwide and a teach-in at the National Mall, but it is imperative that we continue to celebrate and defend science at all levels - from local schools to federal agencies - throughout the world.
In Washington DC, our event will kick off at 10 am with a teach-in and rally on the National Mall and end with a march through the streets of DC. Co-hosted with the Earth Day Network, the rally will be a call for politicians to implement science-based policies, as well as a public celebration of science and the enormous public service it provides in our democracy, our economy, and in all our daily lives.
The rally will feature main stage speakers and several large teach-in tents around the Mall where scientists, educators, and leaders from a wide variety of disciplines will discuss their work, effective science communication strategies, and training in public advocacy.
30 Days of Action for Climate Justice: “Container Gardening: No Yard Needed! No Weeding! No Bending!”
“Container Gardening: No Yard Needed! No Weeding! No Bending!”
RE Room 15
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Presented by Anne Marie Ansel, UUCSR Member
Directions at www.uucsr.org
Once on the property follow signs to Religious Education Parking
Building upon our pilot offering of GROW Climate Justice (Grounded & Resilient Organizers Workshop) in Summer 2015 and our first GROW Racial Justice in 2016, the UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) is pleased to team up with leaders of the UU Young Adult Climate Justice Network to host this new, condensed iteration of GROW Climate Justice, which will provide a timely opportunity for UU young adults (18-34 years-old) and friends of diverse faiths to strengthen and renew the relationships, skills, and spiritual practices that fortify our organizing.
We will worship and sing together, share stories and strategies, and learn-by-doing in two hands-on tracks, one focused on Art, Culture & Community Building, and another on Nonviolent Direct & Disruptive Actions, exploring and getting equipped with techniques that we will apply immediately at the People’s Climate Mobilization and in the long-haul struggle ahead.