Climate Justice Month is coming!
From its very beginning, Commit2Respond has been building toward a month-long period of spiritual transformation and commitment between World Water Day and Earth Day 2015. Now it’s time to sign up and spread the word!
From March 22 to April 22, we will embark together on a spiritual journey for climate justice.
This is your movement. All of us are leaders in the struggle to defend our world and our rights. Help grow the movement by inviting your loved ones and other people of faith and conscience to join you in committing to respond, using the sample blurbs, graphics and more on this page.
I am pleased to announce that the Unitarian Universalist Association has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification for our new headquarters building located at 24 Farnsworth Street in Boston's Innovation District.
LEED certification, awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council, is recognized across the country as the premier mark of achievement in green building. Platinum is the highest of the four possible LEED certifications.
“To change everything we need everyone.” This slogan of the People’s Climate March spoke to the coming together of people from every community and interest group, and also the fact that the march coincided with the United Nations Climate Summit in New York.
In order to halt climate change we need all countries to join the struggle.
Commit2Respond is a grassroots initiative. Every one of us has the ability to help co-create something that can change the world—and you are invited to help shape the direction of this powerful initiative.
We know that Commit2Respond will empower us to grow the climate justice movement, advance the human rights of affected communities, and shift toward renewable energy. But how?
What a phenomenal experience the Climate March was! There were 400,000 people and more than 1500 of us were Unitarian Universalists. When I arrived before 9:00, 58th street was empty, but people were arriving by 10 and by 11 the space was very full and the pagans were drumming and the Jews were blowing shofars and the energy was rising. By noon it was crowded and by 1:00 there were so many of us it was getting uncomfortable. Once the gates were open, it felt like a party. Hundreds of thousands of people on the streets chanting and dancing and cheering for climate justice.
Climate change is the gravest danger facing humanity today. We are already experiencing its effects — rising sea levels, catastrophic storms, species extinction — but the potential effects of climate change are even more devastating. And while climate change affects all of us, its consequences will be felt most profoundly by the most impoverished and marginalized of the world’s communities.
By Barbara Alsop, First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington, VT
If you haven’t seen the news yet, we had a Climate March in New York City today (said advisedly since I started typing before midnight but it is now the next day). The counts vary between the NY Times’ 310,000 and the organizers’ guess of 400,000. I’m not going to quibble over details. The bottom line is that a heck of a lot of people showed up for the march, including 70 from my UU Society. That represents almost a quarter of our regularly appearing congregation, and it also represents the incredible generosity of the members who could not go.
Join us next month in taking action to support climate justice! Attend the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21 or find, support, or organize a related event in your area.
Climate change poses a threat to human rights in the United States and around the world. From women’s empowerment to disaster recovery, from access to clean water to food sustainability, efforts to improve human rights are already being strained by climate change.
The science supporting climate change is irrefutable. As faithful stewards of the earth, we must act. Our efforts, combined with the efforts of millions of others, can make a difference. I invite you to join me one month from today in bringing attention to this global issue.
On Sunday, September 21, 2014, an estimated 1 million people will gather in New York City for the People’s Climate March in advance of the United Nations Climate Summit. I will be there representing Unitarian Universalism. Join me in NYC, and together we will show world leaders that there is deep concern for the environment and that we are ready to engage with them to face the challenges ahead.