In times like these, we must practice and build capacity for rapid response.
THIS IS A CALL TO ARTS:
The General Assembly (GA) of the Unitarian Universalist Association begins in 3 weeks. Part of the full program is a nine-workshop climate justice program: The Seas Are Rising and So Are We.
In many of these workshops, as well as during other special programs of the GA, visual and theater arts will be used to evoke a reverence for the earth and commitment to creating a world of environmental justice. This effort is being led by UU young adults, and invites participation from everyone.
YOU CAN HELP: We need volunteers to mobilize locally to create tree banners that will come together at GA to form an “Environmental Justice Forest”. We also need volunteers during GA to help with arts performances and logistics.
GO FORTH to March and Witness and Connect
ART HAPPENINGS, PHOTO OPS, BREAKFAST and MORE
The UU Sponsors and Volunteers, especially the folks at All Souls Unitarian, have planned exciting events to amplify your experience in Washington, D.C. Check out the Schedule of Events and plan to join in with creativity and energy to connect and plan for our future engagements.
The Commit2Respond initiative began with the People’s Climate March in New York City, in September of 2014. On April 29th, we will march again with the People's Climate Movement to show the world that we recommit to respond to the urgency of averting climate chaos. The Unitarian Universalist Association, UU Service Committee, and UU Ministry for Earth have all signed on to be partner organizations for the People’s Climate Movement. We encourage UUs to participate in the mobilization to Washington, D.C. or in a sister march in your own corner of the world.
Events for UUs in Washington, D.C. are planned all day Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30. Check out the Art Builds that are happening April 22-23 and April 26-27 and the events at All Souls' Unitarian. RSVP at the button below. If you are in the area, volunteer opportunities are available.
“I hope, with all my heart that on April 29 thousands of UUs come to Washington D.C. I yearn for a coherent UU response to climate injustice, and right after the PCM in Washington, DC there will be opportunities to build this united campaign. I believe it matters that we march; to impact government, and as faith community, to hone ourselves, and our Big Love for the world. It will be good to be together.”
Unitarian Universalists will be traveling to Washington, D.C. from all over the country and marching together in the Faith contingent of the People's Climate Movement: March for Climate, Jobs, and Justice. Check out all of these opportunities to connect and take action together:
This is an appeal for climate action following Trump's dangerous Climate Executive Order issued today. See the Climate Portal Statement at http://climate.uu-uno.org/view/article/5823c4580cf2204d222d455c/
Please call/fax your representative/senator (links below for phone #s and free fax) and urge “Oppose Trump's Climate Executive Order. Maintain U.S. Climate Action and hands off the EPA”. Act now to help stop Trump.
Please post widely.
Senate local offices: https://action.seiu.org/page/content/congressional-offices ; free fax: https://faxzero.com/fax_senate.php
Jan Dash, PhD
Get 20% Off when you use special coupon code “ClimateJustice” at the Beacon Press bookstore, and 10% of your purchase will support UU climate justice projects through the UU Ministry for Earth!
The coupon code will work with any book purchase, but here are some books we especially recommended:
Home to one of the largest oil refineries in the state, Richmond, California, was once a typical company town, dominated by Chevron. Part urban history, part call to action, Refinery Town shows how concerned citizens can harness the power of local politics to reclaim their community and make municipal government a source of much-needed policy innovation.
In this enlightening book, scholars and activists Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker tackle a wide range of myths about Native American culture and history that have misinformed generations. Tracing how these ideas evolved and drawing from history, the authors disrupt long-held and enduring myths. Accessibly written and revelatory, “All the Real Indians Died Off” challenges readers to rethink what they have been taught about Native Americans and history.
ALSO: Join the next Climate Action Roundtable (April 12 at 8pm EST) for a special chance to talk with author Dina Gilio-Whitaker!
Embrace your inner bookworm and support Commit2Respond and UU Ministry for Earth by using the discount code “ClimateJustice” at the Beacon Press bookstore!
The proposed federal budget includes seriously dangerous budget cuts to environmental justice and climate programs for the EPA, NOAA, and NASA. Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says the proposal "shows the Trump administration doesn't hold the same American values for clean air, clean water and healthy land as the vast majority of its citizens... Our health comes before the special interests of multibillion-dollar industries." (Source: AP, 3/3/17)
Here are some highlights of the budget cuts to the EPA:
The Environmental Justice program budget, which has historically supplied grants to 1,400 frontline communities, would be cut 78%, from $6.7 million to 1.4 million. Mustafa Ali, the director of the program for 24 years, resigned last week, saying “My values and priorities seem to be different than our current leadership and because of that I feel that it's best if I take my talents elsewhere."
Funding for restoration work in Puget Sound, the country's second-largest estuary, would be cut from $28 million to $2 million.
Funding to combat algae blooms, invasive species and other water pollution problems in the Great Lakes, the world's largest group of freshwater lakes, would be cut from $300 million to $10 million.
Funding for restoration in Chesapeake Bay, the country's largest estuary, would be cut from $73 million to $5 million.
The EPA's work studying endocrine disruptor chemicals that can interfere with the body's reproductive and developmental systems would nearly be eliminated, dropping from $7.5 million to $445,000.
$9.5 million of funding for state testing of bacteria levels at beaches around the country would be 100% eliminated.
$8.7 million annually for children's environmental education programs would be cut to $555,000.
(Source & More Info at: OregonLive.com, 3/2/17)
Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
5:00pm PACIFIC / 8:00 EASTERN
Climate Action Roundtable talks are an opportunity for UU activists and climate action teams to share stories, news, questions, ideas, and calls to action. RSVP to join the Climate Action Roundtable on Wednesday, March 8th -- 5:00 Pacific / 8:00 pm Eastern.
Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
5:00pm PACIFIC / 8:00 EASTERN
Are you up to exciting stuff in your congregations and communities? Want to hear what folks are up to, or discuss the latest news in climate change science and policy? RSVP to join the Climate Action Roundtable on this Wednesday evening -- 5:00 Pacific / 8:00 pm Eastern.
Another Commit2Respond webinar with the Standing on the Side of Love campaign & the EJ Practitioners Network is happening the following evening, Feb. 9, 7:30 PM Eastern / 4:30 PM Pacific.
Join the Environmental Justice Practitioners Network & Standing on the Side of Love on Thursday, February 9th, 4:30 Pacific / 7:30 PM Eastern, for a conversation on grounding for escalation.
- a rapid increase; a rise.
- an increase in the intensity or seriousness of something; an intensification.
Escalation as a concept will be explored through multiple lenses --- both as a community organizing and justice movement concept, and as a recognition of the increasing stress on environmental justice communities that we can anticipate as a result of the policies currently being pursued by the USA national government.
This webinar is part of the Environmental Justice Practitioners Network webinar series offered as a collaboration between the Unitarian Universalist Assocation (UUA) Green Sanctuary Program and the UU Ministry for Earth (UUMFE) Environmental Justice Collaboratory.
You can join via phone or internet, on the Zoom.us platform. Space is limited to 100 attendees, & RSVP is required. You can also RSVP to receive a recording of the webinar for later viewing and sharing.
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
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)
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.